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Windsor Hosts Eighth Annual FIRST Robotics Competition

WINDSOR, ON (March 29, 2023) – FIRST Canada and Windsor-Essex FIRST are thrilled to announce the return of the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event, showcasing innovation and excitement in the community once again. This year’s event will welcome thirty-two (32) high school teams from across Ontario to compete in CHARGED UP, presented by Haas.

After facing pandemic-related disruptions, the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event is excited to welcome back the general public to witness the cutting-edge technology and fierce competition firsthand. The event will follow health and safety protocols in accordance with FIRST Canada policies, including the mandatory use of masks for all attendees throughout the event, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event is an annual event hosted in Windsor, Ontario, that showcases the design and engineering skills of dozens of FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) teams annually. The event was first brought to Windsor in 2014 due to the growth of the FIRST Robotics community in Windsor-Essex and surrounding regions.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is supported by over 4,000 companies worldwide, including over half of all FORTUNE 500 companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, FCA, and Google. Platinum Sponsor CenterLine is among dozens of regional industry partners and organizations, including Gold Sponsors St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, supporting the tournament and local teams to provide young people with paths to promising careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The event will take place on Friday, March 31st, and Saturday, April 1st, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., respectively, at the St. Denis Athletic & Community Centre located at 2555 College Ave, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4. Parking will be available at the Human Kinetics and Stadium Lots, and a parking map is available here. There will be 32 participating teams, and a full list of participating teams is available here.

Please join us in celebrating the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event, which promises to be a thrilling experience for all. For more information, please click here. The media will be provided with an opportunity to gather comments from participating teams, judges, sponsors, and Windsor-Essex FIRST planning committee members.

WETechAlliance is one of seventeen Regional Innovation Centres, funded by the Province of Ontario, serving the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions. We provide entrepreneurs with business services, training, perks, mentorship and strategic connections to help bring new ideas to market, scale to the next level and build a dynamic culture and a community of innovation. WETechAlliance has served as the catalyst for technology and innovation in the Windsor-Essex + Chatham-Kent regions since 2011.

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