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The 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® MINDSTORMS NXT® 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, a written report, 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® MINDSTORMS NXT® 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.

With the increasing interest in the competition also comes an increasing need of LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT® robot kits and replacement parts are needed for some of the older kits, some of which have been used for several years! Also, 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 patronage chair if you would like to make a donation.

 

 

 

 

 


  • Our Vision

      The IEEE Ottawa Robotics Competition aims to expose grade 5 to 12 students to STEM fields through a multidimensional approach.
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      Our volunteers come from all over Ottawa, but we would also like to give a special mention to our volunteers from IBM Ottawa! Not only do they sponsor the event, but they also donate their time and effort to make every ORC one you won't forget! #IBMSTEM4Girls
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      Nos bénévoles viennent de partout à Ottawa, mais nous aimerions aussi accorder une mention spéciale à nos bénévoles d'IBM Ottawa ! Non seulement ils commanditent l'événement, mais ils donnent aussi leur temps et leurs efforts pour rendre chaque CRO mémorable ! #IBMSTEM4GirlsWe are SO grateful to have IBM Ottawa to be a large part of the 15th annual IEEE ORC!!

      #ORC2017 #ibmottawa #IBMSTEM4GIRLS #ottcity #robotics #STEM #girlsinstem
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      "We don't grow into creativity but we grow out of it." -Ken Robinson

      A fascinating talk on the need to adapt our education system.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtYSir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity. The TED...
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      Happy National Volunteer Week everyone! Without the well over 50 wonderful volunteers we have each year, the ORC simply wouldn't be possible! Thank you for everything that you do to make sure over 300 students can explore STEM every year!!! If you're interested in volunteering with us, visit orc.ieeeottawa.ca/volunteering today!
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      Bonne Semaine nationale de l'action bénévole tout le monde ! Sans les plus de 50 merveilleux bénévoles que nous avons chaque année, la CRO ne serait tout simplement pas possible ! Merci pour tout ce que vous faites pour que plus de 300 élèves puissent explorer les doamines STIM chaque année !!! Si vous êtes interessés de faire du bénévolat avec nous, veuillez inscrire à orc.ieeeottawa.ca/benevolat !Wonderful group of volunteers who made ORC 2017 possible!
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