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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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      Hi everyone,

      If you are interested in learning more about resource management for wireless network connectivity then consider attending this event hosted by IEEE Women in Engineering Ottawa (IEEE Women in Engineering Ottawa).

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      Hi everyone,

      We hope you and your families are all well. Over the past month, we have been assessing the interest and feasibility of alternative solutions to host the ORC this year, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

      After reviewing survey responses, alternative formats, and public health guidance, we are sad to announce that there will be no competition this year. While our mission is to expose students to STEM, your health and safety is our number one priority, especially in these uncertain times.

      While there is no competition this year, we remain dedicated to our mission and still want you to explore STEM while at home. Check out Virtual Ventures (Virtual Ventures Summer Camps and Programs) for some STEM at home experiments. Please also stay tuned on our social media pages, as we develop and post online tutorials.

      Stay safe, keep practicing physical distancing, and wash your hands regularly! We hope to see you all next year!

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      Ottawa Public Health – ottawapublichealth.ca/coronavirus
      Government of Ontario – ontario.ca/coronavirus
      Quebec Government – quebec.ca/en/coronavirus
      Public Health Agency of Canada – canada.ca/coronavirus

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      Hi everyone,

      Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 global health crisis, the ORC committee is reviewing how the competition will be conducted this year in order to follow social distancing guidelines and ensure your health and safety. We are considering the interest and feasibility in possible alternate delivery formats for ORC that would allow teams to compete remotely.

      We will update you as soon as we figure out the best plan moving forward.

      Thank you for your understanding, stay safe.

      COVID-19 Resources
      Ottawa Public Health – ottawapublichealth.ca/coronavirus
      Government of Ontario – ontario.ca/coronavirus
      Quebec Government – quebec.ca/en/coronavirus
      Public Health Agency of Canada – canada.ca/coronavirus

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      Salut tout le monde,

      Étant donné la nature évolutive de la pandémie COVID-19, le comité de la CRO est en train d’examiner d’autres formats pour la compétition cette année afin de suivre les directives de distanciation sociale et de protéger votre santé et sécurité. Nous évaluerions l'intérêt et la faisabilité de formats alternatifs pour la CRO qui permettraient aux équipes de participer à distance.

      Nous vous informerons dès que nous aurons trouvé le meilleur plan pour aller de l’avant.

      Merci de votre compréhension, prenez soin.

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      Santé publique d’Ottawa – santepubliqueottawa.ca/coronavirusfr
      Gouvernement d’Ontario – ontario.ca/nouveaucoronavirus
      Gouvernement du Québec – quebec.ca/coronavirus
      Agence de la santé publique du Canada – canada.ca/le-coronavirus
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