Siemens sponsors 6 FIRST Robotics student teams

Budding high school engineers will build robots to compete in a challenging defense game.

January 14, 2016   by PLANT STAFF

First Robotics tower defense challenge "First Stronghold."

First Robotics tower defense challenge “First Stronghold.”

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Siemens Canada is supporting six high school teams in this year’s First Robotics competition, which features a tower defense game that will test their robotics know-how.

The competition presents a real world engineering challenge to the teams of 25 or so students who must contend with strict rules, limited resources and time limits. They have to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. And the robots have to be built from scratch in just six weeks.

The robots then compete in a series of high intensity “robo-sports” at events organized throughout Ontario and Quebec.

This year’s challenge is called “First Stronghold”, a medieval-themed tower defense game in which two alliances of three teams each compete to score points by breaching the opponent’s outer works and capturing the opponent’s tower.

Siemens Canada is putting up $30,000 for the teams, plus an in-kind grant of laptops to some of the student teams, which have been refurbished by employee volunteers as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.

The laptops are preloaded with a free High School Edition of Siemens’ Solid Edge software to assist students with the design of their robot. Other robotics teams can also download Solid Edge High School Edition.

Siemens volunteer mentors from a variety of disciplines will also be supporting the teams with educational talks and technical workshops, plus employees will volunteer as judges at a FIRST Robotics competition.

Here are this year’s teams:

• Knight Vision from Holy Names Catholic School, Windsor, Ont.

• Chargers from Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ont.

• Wildebots from Robert Bateman High School, Burlington, Ont.

• The Red Devils from Oakville Trafalgar High School, Oakville, Ont.

• Spartans from Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Milton, Ont.

• Les aigles d’or from École secondaire Honoré-Mercier, Montréal, Que.

Check out the First Stronghold challenge.

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