Tregaskiss Sponsors Winning FIRST Robotics Team Headed to World Competition
WINDSOR, Ontario. April 16, 2015 — Tregaskiss recently partnered with Vincent Massey Secondary School of Windsor, Ontario, Canada to sponsor their robotics team for the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics tournament on April 2-3. The event featured 48 teams totaling more than 1,000 students. The Vincent Massey Robotics Team qualified for the finals, advancing the 40 students on the team (grades 9 to 12) to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis on April 22, where Tregaskiss will also offer its sponsorship support.
“Our students are thrilled to have a chance to compete at such a high level after only the second year as a team,” says Sandra Chappus, mentor for the Vincent Massey Robotics Team.
“The students’ talent is definitely matched by their enthusiasm and they have exceeded their own expectations going into the FIRST event. We are thankful to all of our sponsors, including Tregaskiss, for their help. Without that support, the students wouldn’t have such great opportunities.”Sandra Chappus, mentor for the Vincent Massey Robotics Team
“The FIRST Robotics competition allows students to immerse themselves in an initiative that mirrors industry in the real world,” adds Darren Grey, director of operations at Tregaskiss. “Within a short timeframe and with a limited budget, they are tasked with designing and manufacturing a working robot to compete against teams from across the US and Canada. We consider our sponsorship an important investment in these students’ futures — they are aspiring to be the engineers, technologists and scientists of tomorrow.”
The Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics tournament consisted of robots competing to stack totes and recycling bins and maneuver pool noodles. Students spent six weeks building their robot and coding it for the task. The team is broken into four divisions — mechanical, electrical, business/media and programming — allowing students to focus their strengths on executing the task.