|STUDENTS LAUNCH THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS AT THE 17th ANNUAL CRC ROBOTICS COMPETITION FEATURING SUPER BOWL WEEKEND FOOTBALL FEATURE|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 31, 2018 - It’s going to be three days of exciting cooperative competition as student-made robots are ready to face-off and collaborate during the 17th Annual CRC Robotics Competition taking place February 1-3, 2018. Hundreds of eager and ambitious high school and CEGEP students will take over Laval Senior Academy (3200 Boulevard du Souvenir) and call on their imagination and ingenuity to have the best robot and the best team in this year’s football-inspired game called Converto 2018. Although it is a competition by nature, the organizers emphasize: “If you get to this competition with a working robot, you’re already a winner.”
A working robot is only one part of the challenge. In this competition, as in today’s work world, it takes all kinds of talents for a project to succeed. It's strong teamwork and a varied skill set that the CRC Robotics Competition aims to recognize, awarding teams in not only the game, but other categories as well, such as bilingual video production, website, and journal, kiosk, programming, robot construction and design, and sportsmanship.
The CRC Robotics Competition is unique because it’s the only robotics competition where all the work is done exclusively by students – teachers, engineers, and mentors are present for advice only. Except for a motor and a control box that each team receives, everything about the robot, the kiosk, the video, and the website is conceived and built by the students, and where language is necessary, both French and English must be used.
"Last year proved to be the competition with the highest participation in the programming category in CRC history! Therefore, this year, we organized multiple programming workshops in the month of January to allow students to test their code on the CRC-made programming robot and make effective changes, if necessary. With only 4 workshops originally scheduled, the demand was so high that we added 2 more," says Natasha Vitale, one of the organizers of the competition. "We have even expanded the recognition and will now award top 3 teams in both Division 1 and Division 2, ensuring schools are recognized for their hard work within their own division instead of as a whole."
"Year after year, we see the participation of girls in this competition increase exponentially. As a former participant and involved with CRC since 2007, it brings me such joy to know that we are reaching more girls as the years progress and that we are truly promoting women in STEM with every year that goes by," says Natasha Vitale, also an advocate for women in STEM and organizer of the CRC-led event For Girls, From Women that occurred in November 2017. "In such a world where gender equity is becoming increasingly prominent, it is important for us to inspire our girls to continue their studies in STEM fields, starting with encouraging their passion for robotics."
The 2018 CRC Robotics Competition runs February 1-3, 2018 in the gymnasium at Laval Senior Academy in Laval, QC.
Get your football championship weekend started by watching robots built by students play a football-inspired game that will blow your mind!
For the game schedule and live score updates during the competition visit: http://game.robo-crc.ca/
List of 2018 Participating Schools:
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