Rick Hansen Secondary School brought home the FIRST Robotics World Championship
title after a fierce competition in St. Louis, Mo. over the weekend of April 27. The school’s FRC FIRST robotics team 1241, Theory6
, competed against 400 elite secondary school robotics teams from around the world who had previously qualified to compete at this event.
This year, teams were given the challenge to create a robot that could shoot frisbees into a goal and climb a three-metre pyramid. Theory6
joined up with two squads to form a three team alliance — one from a Texas school and the other from Toronto’s Crescent School — to claim the championship and become the third Canadian team to win in the twenty two year history of the event.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a worldwide program that sets out to inspire students about engineering while exposing them to real world experiences dealing with science, technology and math. Each of the FIRST programs are developed to test the students’ creativity and problem solving skills by challenging them to design and build a robot in six weeks that can compete in a NASA designed challenge.