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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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28
Jan

Thank You, CenterLine!

  CenterLine currently sponsors ten FIRST Robotics Competition teams and two FIRST LEGO League teams in the Windsor-Essex area. CenterLine sponsors these teams monetarily and also offers support for building materials, mentoring, and a location to work for some teams. CenterLine was the reason that team 772 could compete in their 2013 season due to the strikes in their school

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16
Jan

Event Recap: FIRST LEGO League Ontario East Provincials 2019

This past weekend, Durham College hosted the first of two Ontario Provincial Championships for FIRST LEGO League (FLL). This event would not have been possible without our sponsors: HATCH, SYNNEX Canada, MDA, Qualcomm, Ontario Power Generation, Durham College, UOIT, the Yves Landry Foundation and CanCode.   Thank you to our opening ceremonies speakers Elaine Popp, Vice President – Durham College, Dan Carter, Mayor

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14
Jan

Unbound Curiosity: An Interview with RBC’s Ingrid Versnel

by Shahed Saleh, FIRST Team 4903 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member   The true beauty of the human mind is its seemingly boundless ability to learn. When facing adversity with an open mind, it can gain any skill, concur challenges, and develop stronger strategies to add to its arsenal of knowledge. A key catalyst for this is a simple

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10
Jan

Knowing the Difference Between Cooperation and Compliance

by Madison Vickery, FIRST Team 6875 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member When working as a team, we often find ourselves discussing possible options, actions, and solutions with people who have conflicting opinions. If handled appropriately, conflict can stimulate progressive discussions and bring about positive change. One solution to conflict is to compromise by cooperating with one another

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21
Nov

The Journey of a Champion: An Interview with Aecon’s Sangeetha Vigneswaran

by Shahed Saleh, FIRST Team 4903 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member As a senior student in my last year of high school, society tasks me with the daunting decision of determining what it is I wish to do, but more importantly, what impact I want to make with my career. My seventeen years of life have not

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19
Nov

FIRST Alumna to Participate in Rocket Launch

  While students within FIRST programs are excitedly preparing for a space launch in 2019, FIRST Alumna Megan Gran is getting ready for a real live space launch in Norway next year! Megan is from FIRST team 4069, Lo-Ellen Robotics, from Sudbury, Ontario.   Check out how she got involved in space engineering at York’s Lassonde School of Engineering and

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5
Nov

Girls in STEM: Love From A Father

  by Andrea Farias, FIRST Team 4343 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member   When you think of people who inspire and promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), who comes to mind? Most often it’s women role models and champions of girls in STEM. I would like us to recognize the importance of men in this

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2
Nov

Mentorship: The Guiding Star – An Interview with Emily Chung

by Alicia Pan, FIRST Team 6070 and Girls in STEM Student Council Member Upon entering the “real world”, it becomes apparent that there are no set answers that somebody else can provide for us regarding career choices. We each have to forge our own path in our own way. So when the race is something as daunting as gradually shaping

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12
Oct

Introducing the 2018-2019 Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council

  by Erica Rossi, Girls in STEM Student Council Chair The FIRST Canada Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council was created to help give girls a voice and a community in the STEM fields and on FIRST teams. Our mission is to help bridge the gap between boys and girls while developing strategies and initiatives that will aid in overcoming challenges

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