FIRST Robotics is an international robotics competition in which more than 52,000 students from 2,600 secondary schools around the world participate. The international launch took place this morning, via webconference. The task that the robots will have to accomplish has been unveiled live to all competitors by NASA.
From 32 Quebec schools, 600 young people gathered at Polytechnique Montreal. They were given a kit of parts from which to build their robot. Each team will have exactly six weeks to complete their project with the help of mentors, mostly university students. The Quebec final will take place from March 14 to 16 in Montreal, at the Uniprix stadium, chaired by FIRST Quebec robotics and Youth Fusion. The teams that qualify can then take part in the international final to be held April 24-27 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
Note that teams from Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Rimouski also participated in the launch thanks to the webconference from Polytechnique.