Toronto, Ontario - March 8, 2019 - Humber is hosting a 2019 FIRST Robotics District Competition in partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Canada from March 8 to 10, 2019 at the college’s North Campus. The competition will include students from across Ontario competing in this renowned high school-level robotics event.

Under strict time limitations, students design and build 120-pound robots that compete on a playing field to complete tasks. Students program and test their machines using skills in engineering, coding and design. Teams will also develop business and marketing plans, as well as outreach initiatives to fundraise and engage their local community. This year's robotics game is space-themed and called DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.

“Humber students regularly participate in hands-on learning activities with industry and have a strong track record in skills competitions. This weekend Ontario high school students will have a real-world engineering experience that will help them develop the technical, communication and teamwork skills needed for their future careers,” said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College. “We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for 32 teams of innovative young minds to showcase their knowledge and creative thinking to our community.”

Highest ranking teams from district events will move onto the FIRST Ontario Provincials in Mississauga on April 12 and 13. From there, 30 winning teams will move on to FIRST Championships in Detroit, Michigan at the end of April 2019.

The event’s admission is free and spectators are welcome to join the fun. For a full schedule of events, visit FIRST’s website

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About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.​

About FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization designed to inspire students to pursue further studies and careers in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. Students develop skills in problem solving, innovation, leadership and teamwork as well as design, manufacturing, programming and testing. FIRST’s programs reach 300,000 students in 70 countries. FIRST Robotics Canada, a Canadian non-profit started in 2002, now reaches 20,000 Canadian students.

For more information about FIRST Robotics Canada, visit firstroboticscanada.org.

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
416.675.6622 ext. 5479​
nadia.araujo@humber.ca