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500 members! + University Rover Challenge (URC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) event

From: Marius S.
Sent on: Monday, October 3, 2016 9:07 AM

Hi Inventors,

First of all, I am very happy to announce that today we reached 500 members, in just over 5 months!

A cool fact about the day GTA Robotics meetup was created (I found about this recently):

    April 20, 2016 is 15 years and 1 day after one of the greatest Canadian robotics contributions in space, CanadaArm2 was launched:

Our 500th member is: Eoghan Bergin

Congratulations Eoghan!, at our next meeting you will receive the first GTA Robotics Milestone Prize, a fully functional and modular car robot I designed and build a few months ago for education, which currently is also our GTA Robotics logo:


Thanks to Paul (a GTA Robotics member) and Namir from DME team, we will have our next meetup at:

    Ryerson Library's Digital Media Experience Lab

I'll schedule the event shortly, you will see the details there.

Here is some info about the topics we will discuss and present, if you have experience in these competitions, please come and talk/present about your experience and even showcase some robots build for them:

University Rover Challenge

The Challenge:

Design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field.

The Prize:

Cash prizes, a trip to present at the annual International Mars Society Convention, and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

2017 University Rover Challenge:

June 1-3, 2017

Mars Desert Research Station

Hanksville, Utah,  United States

The Journey of the University Rover Challenge

The winners from 2016 competition:

The Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) was established in 2012 to compete in the University Rover Challenge (URC) hosted by The Mars Society. URC expects rovers to perform a number of tasks in the southern Utah desert in conditions analogous to those that would be expected in and around colonies on Mars. In two short years we have become the leading Mars rover design team in the U.S., and second in the world. This feat would not be possible without Missouri S&T, the generosity of our sponsors, and the dedication of our members.

Mars Rover Test Drive

Drives Mars Rover Robots, Continuum and Mawson, at The Mars Lab, Powerhouse Museum

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

The highest level of robotics competition offered by FIRST. High-school students team up with the world’s best technology companies to build the most impressive robots you’ve ever seen. Built from scratch in only 6 weeks, these 5 foot tall, 140 pound robots compete in high intensity robo-sports. With bragging rights at stake for schools and the companies that support them, robotics takes on a pro-sports experience. Watch the best of the best in robotics come out to play.“The varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Thank you,
Marius Slavescu

STEMCA School of Robotics and Innovation Center
Inspiring the New Generation
Learn, Teach, Invent, Make!

GTA Robotics Community
Making Robotics in Toronto/GTA a Part of Life

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