Robots? Yeah, we got that in Waterloo!

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Last weekend, the annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition was held at the University of Waterloo.  I go every year.  Smart high school students making ‘bots and competing in a challenge that changes each year.  What’s not to like?

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FIRST is awesome…

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and, in this town, pulls in big crowds…

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to see bots do their thing, which this year includes…

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shooting…

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hoops, and…

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navigating bridges that divide the…

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playing field.

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Like all good community things, this gig requires a ton of volunteers, and…

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infrastructure, and…

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help from sponsors.

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Meta-photog!

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The competition area is an endless bustle of activity, complete with…

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mascots.

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This year, I got right down in the action to get some shots.

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Sometimes carrying two big cameras makes you look like you’re supposed to be there, and you’re mostly…

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ignored.

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There’s a good mix of good-natured competition and co-operation…

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along with high style.  Double points for pink lab coat + FIRST earrings!

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And if you think it’s busy in the arena, just check out the…

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pits!

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Frantic-paced repairs and refits going on.

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Great opportunity to get up…

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close and see the guts and gear and different approaches.

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Aluminum, electronics, motors, belts, pneumatics!  Everything you need for fun.

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Hold on a sec!  Team “DAVE”…

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from…

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Waterloo?!  That must be our local favourite…

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from St. David’s High School, where my friend and coolest-high-school-teacher-around, Alex Matan works.  Head nods from these busy builders confirm: yes, Mr. Matan, we know him.

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So much cool…

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gear, and…

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smart, motivated makers.  The future looks brighter.

Happy making,
DW

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