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The IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition aims at bringing engineering awareness to students in grades 5 to 12 by presenting a fun and instructive approach to problem solving.

Using LEGO® EV3® or Arduino robot kits, the students have around 8 weeks to design and build an autonomous robot in teams of two to five. They learn engineering concepts with the help of a mentor and come together to produce a working prototype. The teams compete during a one day event where they demonstrate the superiority of their robot by completing a challenge. They are also judged on a poster presentation, their team spirit, and their ability to answer judge’s questions.

Each team is provided with a description of the robot challenge as well as a set of rules. To help the students, workshops will be held by mentors to introduce concepts of robot design and programming. Assistance will be provided for the teams in difficulty, so that each team has a working robot on the date of the competition.

One of the principles of the competition is that we supplement the cost of the LEGO robot kits for the schools that get to keep them. This provides an incentive for schools to take part in the competition year after year, and raise the challenge for the advanced students. It also allows the teachers to become more familiar with the robot kits.

During the competition, T-shirts, certificates, and lunch are provided to the participants; prizes are offered to the winning teams; and facilities are rented to hold the competition.

All of this organizing wouldn’t be possible without the help of patrons. In the past, help has been provided in the form of monetary gifts, robot kits, prizes or discounts on services or facilities. Other forms of patronage include providing personal time to mentor a team, providing snacks during the competition, or the offer of a company tour as a prize. Please visit our list of patrons for this year’s competition or contact our chair if you would like to make a donation.


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      The IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition aims to expose grade 5 to 12 students to STEM fields through a multidimensional approach.
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      We are thankful for the support from another gold-level patron, Analog Devices!

      As a global leader in telecommunication technologies, Analog Devices believes in giving back to the society and educating the young generation (the leader of tomorrow) in emerging technology. Analog Devices has been an ardent supporter of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and a champion of innovation in many industries. While there is a healthy number of current STEM programs, we found that there are many employees who want to engage in STEM outreach and to do so for children at a young age. In this spirit, Analog Devices is a proud sponsor of the IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition held on June 2nd at the Earl of March Secondary School. Our company will have a booth showcasing its technology and products useful for kids to understand the basics of communication systems. Our volunteers will be displaying posters and conducting interactive demos for the participants to introduce them to the products and services of the company.
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