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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 – Vanier College in St. Laurent served as the backdrop for the 11th annual CRC Robotics Competition; the ever growing event which brings together the ingenuity and technological prowess of local English and French high school and CÉGEP students.

For the second consecutive year, Marianopolis College led all teams with six awards, including the overall championship trophy. Their efforts were seconded by Macdonald High School and Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne with five awards each. 

Representing the English Montreal School Board was Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC), Lester B. Pearson High School from Montreal North and LaurenHIll Academy from St. Laurent. While RTC is a perennial competitor, Lester. B. Pearson High School made their competitive CRC debut in 2012 and LaurenHill rejoined the competition after a four year absence.

Both Lester B. Pearson (2011) and LaurenHill Academy (2004) were past hosts of the competition.

In all, 21 schools precipitated and 12 won awards in the nine categories.

“Every participant from every school went home as a winner for having come to the competition with working robots, having learned an immeasurable amount of lessons, having had an exhilarating experience,” said Peter Szilagyi, founding member of the CRC Robotics Competition. “They also left with lasting bonds and friendships made through the competition.”

The annual competition is operated under the umbrella of the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST). CRC Robotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer students a medium to learn through hands-on applications in an entertaining, high-intensity environment. High-school and CÉGEP students are challenged in a multidisciplinary competition by various tasks including building a robot, producing a video, designing a web site, presenting a kiosk, and reporting on those activities.
Unique to CRC Robotics is that each entry in the competition is required to be an entirely student-run project. Teachers and other adults serve as mentors; but the robot, video, website and kiosk must all be conceived, built, operated and managed by students. Every year there is a new theme and the tenth anniversary looked at sustainable forestation. 

CRC Robotics has already begun planning the 12th Annual Competition, with a game called Velistic 2013, to be held in February 2013. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and ends in October 2012. In order to spark the interest of students, the CRC is available to visit schools for a live robotics demonstration.

Complete results from the 11th annual CRC Robotics Competition are as follows: 

Overall Champion Trophy (best combined score in all categories):
Marianopolis College (Champions for a second year in a row)

Overall awards (finalists with the highest score in all categories):
2nd   Macdonald High School
3rd   Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
Best Rookie (highest rank among schools in their first year of participation): Collège Montmorency

Game (team whose robot won the finals of this year's game, and the 3 other teams' robots that were in the finals):
1st (Game Champion):  Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC)
2nd   Marianopolis College
3rd    Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
4th    Macdonald High School

Video (best videos produced by the teams):
1st    Macdonald High School
2nd   Marianopolis College
3rd    Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC)
Best Rookie:   Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Web Site (best Web Sites produced by teams):
1st    Dawson College
2nd   Marianopolis College
3rd    Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon  
Best Rookie:   Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Kiosk (best Kiosk presentations):
Tie for 1st:  Macdonald High School & St. George’s School of Montreal Team 1
3rd   Laval Liberty High School
Best Rookie:   LaurenHill Academy

Best Robot Design, presented by Université de Sherbrooke - Département de Génie Éléctrique et Informatique:
1st    Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
2nd   Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC)
3rd    Marianopolis College
Best Rookie:   Collège Montmorency

Sportsmanship (team that demonstrates the most sportsmanship throughout the competition, as voted on by the participating teams):
1st   Rosemount Technology Centre (RTC)
2nd  Macdonald High School
Tie for 3rd:   Cégep Vanier College & Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Programming Competition (best performance in the autonomous task challenge), presented by RobotShop:
1st    Marianopolis College
2nd   Collège Laval
3rd    Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Never Say Die / Lâche pas la patate Trophy (team that struggles but refuses to give up):
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon

Photos are online at:


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213