FIRST Robotics Canada

Union Gas Continues to Grow Our Partnership with FIRST

Union Gas is supporting eight Ontario secondary school teams taking part in FIRST Robotics Canada (FIRST) competitions -- events that inspire students, teachers and mentors to work together to build a robot to face-off against other robots, courtesy of a $50,000 sponsorship. This will be Union Gas' fifth consecutive year of support for the competitions and students as a Gold sponsor.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), is an annual competition where high school students team up with technology companies to build robots in high-intensity 'robo-sports' competitions with the help of volunteer professional mentors.  Over six weeks, student teams raise funds, design a team brand, and build and program robots to perform specific tasks against competitors in regional events held in several provinces. FIRST Robotics Competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

FIRST not only promotes student development in the STEM disciplines.  They also learn important values like safety, teamwork and collaboration, and something FIRST call "gracious professionalism."  It's a term that promotes win/win relationships in a way that demonstrates integrity, respect and valuing others, individuals and teams.  As FIRST says, it's not about the Robot. At Union Gas, we believe in young people, and support their curiosity, their passion and drive. For us, it's a partnership that's important, an investment in the future.

For 2017, Union Gas is proudly supporting teams from across the Province.

Meet our teams:

In addition to supporting teams and regional competitions, Union Gas employees have mentored several of our teams, as well as acted as judges at regional competitions.

FIRST Robotics Canada, a registered charity, was established in 2001 and incorporated in 2004 with a mission to inspire Canadian high school and elementary school students to pursue further studies and careers in science, technology and engineering. It pursues its mission primarily through offering opportunities for students, working in teams and assisted by expert adult mentors, to build robots and to take part in tournaments which feature on-field competitions, judged awards and other forms of recognition, potentially including university and college scholarships.

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