The Ernest Manning Robotics team competes in the international FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FIRST was created “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills”. Manning Robotics has competed at various events across North America against teams from all corners of the globe. Manning robotics is more than engineers, team members learn skills in programming, design, business management, photography and video editing but most importantly, FIRST robotics students are leaders. Manning robotics alumni have gone on to study Law, Medicine, Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Design, English, and Piloting at post secondary institutions all over the world.
Beyond just taking part in robotics competitions, Manning Robotics is a proud member of the local community. The team volunteers at the Calgary food bank every year, and teaches STEM education to grade four and five students at various elementary schools across the city. In addition to this, Manning Robotics represents both Ernest Manning and FIRST at various events including the Calgary Maker Faire, International STEM Fest as well as the annual Ernest Manning open house.
Two things matter more to Manning Robotics than anything else, and those are Professionalism and Safety, as can be seen by the various awards the team has won in these areas. Every member of Manning Robotics is trained in Industrial Safety Skills and receives provincial certification in recognition. Manning Robotics students are ambassadors for not only their school, but also their country, which is demonstrated every year when the team travels abroad to compete against other teams.