CRC Robotics Competition

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.