Bruce Power announced a $150,000 donation over the next three years as a major sponsor of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Canada. The announcement was made during the regional robotics competition held on March 21 at the University of Waterloo.

“We produce safe, reliable power for over 30% of Ontario residents and, as a result, we employ a highly technical and diverse workforce,”

said Sarah Shortreed, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Bruce Power.

“We are delighted to support a competition like FIRST Robotics, where youth are developing skills in technology and trades, while also becoming better planners, communicators and teammates. In addition, our company’s Number 1 value is ‘Safety First’ and I know FIRST emphasizes the safety of participants in all they do.”

Funds donated by Bruce Power will be used to pay for the training and execution of the Bruce Power Safety Program at all FIRST events, and to defer some of the costs of running the competitions across Ontario. Pioneered in Canada, the Safety Program helps to prevent unsafe conditions during the heat of competition, while teams work on and around their robots. The program has a large positive-reinforcement segment that looks to reward people and teams exhibiting strong safety-conscious efforts.

“FIRST Robotics Canada would like to thank Bruce Power for its unwavering support of FIRST programs in Canada since 2002,”

said Mark Breadner, Executive Director, FIRST Robotics Canada.

“The innovative and supportive employees at Bruce Power created the Safety Program that is now a cornerstone of all FIRST activities.”

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a series of short games played by remote controlled robots, which are designed and built within six weeks by a team of students and engineer-mentors. The competition has grown to over 2,500 teams from 13 countries, who compete in 58 regional events and culminates in the championship event in St. Louis, where more than 10,000 students participate.