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29
Mar

Annika Pint: Bringing Kids and STEM Together, One Robot at a Time

As adults, we understand that science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) are important. We know they’re the reason we have safe bridges, sleek skyscrapers, new cures for diseases, missions to outer space … and smartphones that take the perfect selfies. But for kids, these are just the end results. They’re thinking: learning this stuff is hard; is it really worth

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10
Mar

Event Recap: The 4th Annual Ontario Innovation Celebration

On February 24, FIRST Robotics Canada, in partnership with ventureLAB and Seneca, hosted the 4th annual Ontario Innovation Celebration. This exciting event brought 18 of the best teams from across Ontario together to pitch their ideas—solutions to this year’s INTO ORBIT theme—to a panel of judges. And wow, did the teams ever impress at this event. The winners of the

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8
Mar

Five Inspiring Keynotes from Women in STEM

March 8 is International Women’s Day. And to celebrate, we want to share five of our favourite keynotes from women in STEM. Was it hard to narrow it down to just five? Absolutely. Because, as we’re sure you’ll agree, the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are full of intelligent, innovative, and inspiring women. And yet, there is still

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1
Mar

Microsoft Team of the Week – Team IDLX 15479

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Canada! This week we profile FTC Team IDLX from Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC. This all-girls team is just getting started in robotics. How’s they’re rookie season going so far? Here’s what they have to say… Let’s get to know the team—and they’re robot named George—a bit better. Who is

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22
Feb

Microsoft Team of the Week – Team 5672

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout competition season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we profile FIRST team 5672 from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island. Let’s get to know this all First Nations robotics team—and see the progress they’re making this year. When Wikwemikong High School decided to put a team together in

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15
Feb

Microsoft Team of the Week – Team 6865

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout competition season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we profile FIRST team 6865 from Manitoulin, Island. Check out the update they sent on their progress so far this year! In our second year, the 6865 Manitoulin Metal Robotics Team is busy at work getting ready for the Destination

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8
Feb

Microsoft Team of the Week – Team 6178

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout competition season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we profile Madison from FIRST team 6178 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Madison shares her experience on the team. I became involved in our robotics team when I was in grade 9, and have been a dedicated team member for four

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4
Feb

A Day in the Life of an MDA Space Engineer Contest!

FIRST Robotics Canada and MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, are proud to launch “A Day in the Life of an MDA Space Engineer Contest!” Ever wondered what a Space Engineer does? Wonder no longer! One lucky student will have the incredible opportunity to visit the MDA facility in Brampton, ON and experience what happens in a day in the life a

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4
Feb

FIRST LEGO League Kids Prove Why Genius Lives in Every Child

by Shahed Saleh, FIRST Team 4903 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member As a student in FIRST, a large part of my role as an effective leader and advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is to assist younger students in my community through their own STEM journeys. I was fortunate this year to be a mentor

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2
Feb

Microsoft Team of the Week – Team 7564

  Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout competition season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we profile 17-year-old Vanessa from FIRST team 7564 in Oshawa, Ontario. Vanessa shares her impression of FIRST and STEM. I recently joined FIRST Robotics Competition Team 7564 in its rookie season. Almost immediately upon joining the robotics team I

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