Press Release

Students Grapple with Robotic Design Challenge

By SpaceRef Editor
October 23, 2001
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Saint-Hubert, October 23, 2001-Today, the Canadian Space Agency launched the
Next Generation Space Robot Design Challenge, a learning-based contest open
to all intermediate and senior secondary school students enrolled in
Canadian schools. The challenge is for students to take their knowledge of
science and technology concepts and translate them into a feasible space
application-the new generation of space robot used to move payloads on the
International Space Station. With the guidance of an adult mentor, students
will combine teamwork, creativity, and science to develop ideas for the next
generation of space robot. By producing feasible blueprints and business
plans, team members will apply knowledge and acquire practical skill sets,
which are essential for success in the new knowledge-based economy of the
21st century.

Engineers and academics from the Canadian Space Agency, MD Robotics
(Ontario) and York University will review the submissions. These engineers
and academics will share their knowledge and expertise about robotic,
science and technology applications by responding to questions from student
participants via the CSA website at: In February
2002, one team of students and their mentor will be invited to the Canadian
Space Agency for a full day of robotics simulation training-the same
training that astronauts from all over the world take as they prepare to
manipulate Canadarm2 in space. Team members will also have the opportunity
to discuss the details of their submission with a select group of engineers
during a student/professional exchange. Finally, students will have the
opportunity to visit one of the private sector contractors that contributed
to the development of Canadarm2.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2002. For more details on the
robotics challenge and on entry requirements, please see the CSA’s KidSpace
website at:

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec,
the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space
Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development
business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the
Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite
Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and
Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development
and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and
humanity, and is committed to encouraging youth, through the unique theme of
space, to heighten their level of science literacy, develop a life-long
interest in the study of science and technology and pursue careers in
science, technology and mathematics.

About MD Robotics

MD Robotics is the world’s leading space robotics company, committed to
offering hi-tech, sophisticated robotic and engineering solutions for space
and terrestrial applications. MD Robotics is a business partner of the
Canadian Space Agency.

About York University

York University’s YES I Can! Science project is a resource database designed
specifically for K-12 teachers in Canada. Containing over 5 000
curriculum-specific lesson plans, activities, background information, and
assessment rubrics, the YES I Can! project delivers outstanding classroom
materials online at:


For more information:

Carole Duval

Media Relations Office

Tel.: (450) 926-4451

Cell.: (514) 914-5453

SpaceRef staff editor.