Windsor Robotic Team Wins Subsidy

(WINDSOR, ON) – Siemens Canada has announced the province’s ten robotics competition teams which will be subsidized to attend the robotics world championships in St Louis, MO, later this month.

Among the winners is a rookie team from Tecumseh.

SaBOTage, is made up of École secondaire l’Essor students. They won the Rookie All-Star award at last weekend’s qualifying Ontario Robotics Championship in Mississauga, Canada’s largest robotics competition.

The team is one of ten to have its travel costs subsidized by the German engineering company.

“By supporting these inspiring students financially and through mentoring, Siemens Canada is proud to empower and enable the young people who will shape Canada’s future,” said Joris Myny an executive with Siemens Canada.

FIRST Robotics Competitions are an intense STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge for high school students. Within strict rules and with limited resources and time limits, teams of 25 students or more raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

Built from scratch in only six weeks, the robots compete in a series of high intensity “robo-sports” at competitions across Canada.

“FIRST Robotics Canada is grateful for this team funding from Siemens Canada,” acknowledged Mark Breadner, the president of FIRST Robotics Canada. “Teams are in great need of support to participate on the world stage, so we’re absolutely thrilled that these grants will help them compete at one of the biggest robotics competitions in the world.”

Starting the ball rolling, SaBOTage was founded by teacher Monique Pouget, a cosmetology teacher. Rookie year mentors were Vanessa Fuerth, math and sciences, and Serge Brosseau, computer skills.

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