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The University of Toronto FIRST Robotics mentorship program works to assist high schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) participate in the "FIRST Robotics" competition each year. This highly successful annual event has been running for over 20 years, and over a million high school students have participated from across North America and the world. In this competition teams of high school students, sponsored and assisted by local companies and volunteers, design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. Skills in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering are developed.
UTFIRST is a faculty-wide initiative to foster good design principles and encourage current high school students to pursue further study in engineering. The program works with several high schools across the GTA during the 6 week build period in January-February of each year. Our mentors go out to the different schools for a few hours each week to work with the students and help them develop a functional and efficient robot to participate in the competitions each spring. UTFIRST is currently recruiting mentors for its 2011-2012 build season. The commitment is only a few hours per week to visit your chosen school and mentor the students in design from January - Reading Week. Please not that skills in Robotics are NOT a requirement to be a mentor. If you are interested in joining the UTFIRST team please email Patricia, at email@example.com , and I will see you at our first meeting in mid-October.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989 in order to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields.
UT-FIRST is a group of UTRA members who volunteer as advisors to high school students for their robotics projects.
Visit FIRST Canada website for more information.