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Halton District School Board DSB hosts FIRST Robotics kick-off

Eight HDSB teams will participate in the event at Craig Kielburger SS

The Halton District School Board will be hosting its 2022 For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics kickoff on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at Craig Kielburger Secondary School (1155 Ferguson Drive, Milton).

Students compete to build their own robots, demonstrating their engineering skills and knowledge. This year the HDSB has eight teams competing: Burlington Central, Craig Kielburger, Garth Webb, Georgetown District, M.M. Robinson, Milton District, Oakville Trafalgar which is fielding two teams.

The teams will have seven weeks to build their team’s robot before taking it to competitions across North America.

“FIRST is worldwide and their vision is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders, to advance STEM education,” says Wade Richardson, OYAP, Pathways and Technological Education lead with the Halton District School Board.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. The program is sup[ported by a system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. Kamen is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway and iBOT. Kamen holds over 1,000 patents.

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