Proax Technologies was proud to be involved with the the 6th Annual Windsor Great Lakes District, First Robotics Competition which took place on March 29th-30th 2019 at the St. Denis Centre. Not only was Proax a proud sponsor for the Saints Bot team but our very own Cathy Campbell was selected to sit on the panel of judges for the competition. Here is a recap of her wonderful experience at this event which saw 1500 high school students representing 40 Robotics teams from across Ontario enjoy fun and educational competition.
This year's challenge theme was called "Destination: Deep Space", presented by Boeing Company, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing.1
What is a FIRST Robotics Competition?
FIRST Robotics could be described as the following : Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. They call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”2
The FIRST acronym stands for For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology.
"It was really inspiring to listen to these kids and seeing their excitement for the robotics program. The co-founder of First Robotics, Woodie Flowers came to this event for the first time and I was able to meet him, the kids were totally pumped that he was there. The last picture shows him with the team."
The Saints Bot team came in 3rd place at the quarter finals but were beat out by a team from the GTA area. They did end up winning the safety award though, which is an impressive recognition. Notice the Robotunits assembly they constructed for their “pit” area. Robotunits is an aluminum extrusion system with connectors and accessories that do not require drilling or welding to create extremely rigid connections. Please contact your local Proax office for further information on this or any other product.
Be sure to watch the two action videos of the competition found down below!
You'll get a feel of the level of excitement that filled the arena!
1 Windsor-Essex FIRST Facebook page (@windsoressex.first) : https://www.facebook.com/windsoressex.first/
2 FIRST Robotics' website : https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/what-is-first-robotics-competition