crc-robotcs-full-logo-with-crc-lettersIt’s going to be another exciting weekend when student-made robots face off during Loops 2017 this year’s CRC Robotics Competition game taking place February 16-18, 2017 at Vanier College. Hundreds of excited and ambitious high school and Cegep students will invade the Vanier Sports Complex hoping their imagination and ingenuity will win them the title of the best robot and the best team.

A working robot is only one part of the challenge. In this competition as in today’s work world, it takes all kinds of talents for a project to succeed. It’s this range of abilities and the sense of team spirit that the CRC Robotics Competition aims to recognize with awards in Robot (Game), bilingual Video production, Kiosk, Website, and Engineering Design, and Sportsmanship.

The CRC Robotics Competition is unique because it’s the only robotics competition where all the work is done exclusively by students – teachers, engineers, and outside specialists are welcome but for advice only.  Except for a motor and a control box that each team receives, everything about the robot, the kiosk, the video, and the website is conceived and built by the students, and where language is necessary students must use both French and English.

“One of my greatest prides as a coordinator of the competition is to see students push their boundaries and learn lifelong skills that go beyond the know-how and technical aspect of the competition. Students learn perseverance, collaboration, negotiation, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. For three days, the participants are in high-octane situations. I’ve seen teams crushed by a sudden mechanical failure during part of the game, but just brush it off and work double time to bounce back just in time to win a game,” says Simon Marcoux one of the organizers of the competition.

“Sometimes, it even feels like the ultimate goal for participants is not to win but to collectively beat the challenge that we propose to them. Cooperation is everywhere and people are having genuine fun. The energy and overall madness of this weekend is the reason why people, myself included, keep coming back year after year. I sometimes wish I could be a participant once again.”

While the CRC acronym stands for Canadian Robotics Competition (Compétition de Robotique Canadienne), this year, for the first time in a long while, a school from outside of Quebec will compete. École Secondaire Jules Verne from Vancouver British Columbia will be sending five students. “Their teacher, Louis-Philippe Surprenant, participated in the CRC when he was student in Montreal,” says Simon Marcoux. “We are very pleased that after years of inviting him, he is finally bringing his students who are excited about their robot and about meeting and exchanging with other French Canadian students participating this scientific and technical project.”

The CRC Robotics competition runs February 16-18, 2017.  It’s an event for the whole family where the kids really get excited and involved.  It’s fun.  It’s lively.  It’s colorful.  It’s free!  It’s open to all.  For details visit: CRC – Robotique CRC Robotics

See the Vanier Television video on the launch of the competition: https://youtu.be/2oJ8IfgdtTU

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