Eves government congratulates participants of the FIRST Canadian Regional 2003 Robotics Competition

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Eves government congratulates participants of the FIRST Canadian Regional 2003 Robotics Competition

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government congratulates the winners and participants of the FIRST Canadian Regional Robotics Competition, Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation Minister Jim Flaherty said today.
The FIRST robotics competition teamed young people with teachers, corporate engineers and other professionals to design and build robots for the event. The competition included 53 teams from across Canada and the United States - 38 from Ontario.
"The FIRST Canadian Regional Robotics Competition is an excellent way to motivate youth and get them interested in learning," said Flaherty. "The competition demonstrates how science and technology offer many exciting opportunities, and that science, math, engineering and invention can be fascinating. It also makes students aware of the skills and education they need to pursue a career in this interesting field."
The competitions are usually high-tech spectator sporting events, in which the robots compete against each other in a timed challenge. Today's competition, called Stack Attack, put opposing teams in a race to gather and stack the most plastic bins in two minutes or less.
"We could not have organized this event without the support of our many sponsors, including the Government of Ontario and lead sponsor Ontario Power Generation," said Mark Breadner, director of the FIRST Canadian Regional Robotics Competition. "This support is an investment in the young minds of Ontario that will pay off with future scientists, technologists and engineers. As the students brainstorm, design, prototype and build their innovative robots, they are receiving a wonderful introduction to science and technology."
The Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation contributed $25,000 for this year's competition.

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