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Robotics competition kicks off busy two months at Oval

UToday HomeApril 5, 2013

The First Robotics Competition this weekend kicks off two months of high-profile events through April and May at the Olympic Oval.

First Robotics Competition (FRC), April 5-6

FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more — from grades 9 through 12 — are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. SPECTATORS WELCOME - FREE ADMISSION

Flat Track Fever, April 12-14

Flat Track Fever is the single largest flat track roller derby tournament event in Western Canada. On April 12, 13, and 14, Chinook City Roller Derby will host two single elimination tournaments — one women's and one men's. The tournament will feature 13 women's teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.; five men's teams from the North Central and Western regions of the U.S., B.C., and Alberta; as well as co-ed bouts and junior bouts to showcase the present and future of roller derby. It will also include an extensive village of local, national, and international vendors from the roller derby, fashion, and sports industries. ADVANCE TICKETS $10-$30

Calgary Youth Science Fair, April 19-20

The mission of the Calgary Youth Science Fair Society is "to promote an appreciation for scientific principles and method in the youth of Calgary by means of an annual science competition." Every year about 800 students from schools in and around Calgary gather to take part in Canada's largest science fair. The fair is open to students in grades 5 through 12. Students normally register through the science fair co-ordinator at their school. If a school does not sign up for the fair, then parents have the option of registering their child directly, as an independent. The science fair is organized by the Calgary Youth Science Fair Society to encourage and promote ongoing interest in science. The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers representing the business, scientific, and education communities of Calgary. SPECTATORS WELCOME - FREE ADMISSION

Cassie Campbell Street Hockey Festival, May 3-4

Cassie Campbell-Pascall is honoured to be involved with Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities. Each year, Campbell-Pascall loans her name to the festival in Calgary. The annual CCSHF has raised over $1.8 million, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta, which provides temporary, affordable accommodation for families whose children are being treated at one of Calgary’s medical facilities. SPECTATORS WELCOME - FREE ADMISSION

Driven 2013, May 11

An indoor trade and car show representing western Canada's best rides, local and national exhibitors, and a stage show. TICKETS, ADULTS $17, CHILDREN 5-11 YRS $10

16U Canadian West Open Alberta Volleyball Association Tournament, May 18-20

The 16th Annual Canadian West 16U Open tournament takes place at the Olympic Oval starting May 18. This event is the Canadian national championship at the 16U age class. The tournament has been held at the Olympic Oval for its entire 16-year run. SPECTATORS WELCOME - FREE ADMISSION

NAGVA Tournament, May 24-26

The North American Gay Volleyball Association is excited to have Calgary host the 2013 Championship tournament, May 24-26, 2013 at the Olympic Oval. The tournament will welcome teams from Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. for a three-day tournament. This will be the third time in the 30-year history that this event has been held in Canada. For more information about the event, visit


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