Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
    The Economic Impact of Robotics Competitions in Huntsville

    The Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association (HMATA) is proud to announce its support for the Huntsville High School’s robotics team, Hoya Robotics, in their endeavor to bring a First Robotics competition to Huntsville. With planning underway for the upcoming year, this event is expected to attract over 20 high school robotics teams to the town.

    Recognizing the tremendous potential of this competition, Jeff Suddaby, the HMATA board chair, expressed his enthusiasm on behalf of the board, stating, “We believe that hosting this event not only showcases your passion for robotics but also presents positive economic benefits for Huntsville. We eagerly await the arrival of the competing teams and wish the Hoyas the best of luck!”

    The substantial financial contribution of $9,000 from HMATA reflects their commitment to supporting Hoya Robotics. Ian McTavish, a teacher at Huntsville High School and robotics mentor, referred to this contribution as a “huge seed for a big garden,” emphasizing the potential impact it will have on future competitions in Huntsville. Hoya Robotics is determined to make this the first of many successful events and invites the community to join them in experiencing the excitement of robotics firsthand.

    In addition to organizing competitions, Hoya Robotics actively promotes STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, especially in the field of robotics. Their efforts extend beyond their own school as they collaborate with First Robotics Canada to facilitate the establishment of a robotics team at Georgian College’s Bracebridge campus. The ultimate goal is to create a robotics corridor from north of Toronto to North Bay and beyond, fostering a thriving robotics community.

    The First Robotics competition season will commence on January 6, with Hoya Robotics eagerly awaiting the release of the game parameters for 2024. They will be joined by a team from Manitoulin Island for the exciting announcement. With just eight weeks to construct a robot to meet First Robotics specifications, Hoya Robotics is determined to showcase their skills and innovation in the upcoming competition season.

    As HMATA, Huntsville’s official Destination Marketing Organization, implements its strategic plan, it aims to transform Huntsville into one of Ontario’s most beloved year-round destinations. With a focus on tourism promotion and development, as well as support for local tourism partners and events, HMATA is committed to driving economic growth in the region.


    Q: How many high school robotics teams are expected to participate in the competition?
    A: The competition is anticipated to attract over 20 high school robotics teams to Huntsville.

    Q: What is HMATA’s contribution to Hoya Robotics?
    A: HMATA has generously provided a significant financial contribution of $9,000 to support Hoya Robotics.

    Q: What is the ultimate goal of Hoya Robotics and First Robotics Canada?
    A: The goal is to establish a robotics corridor from north of Toronto to North Bay and beyond, fostering a thriving robotics community.

    Q: When does the First Robotics competition season start?
    A: The competition season will kick off on January 6, when the game parameters for 2024 are announced.

    Q: How much money has HMATA dispersed for tourism marketing and local events?
    A: Since 2020, HMATA has dispersed over $1 million for tourism marketing and supported various local events, attractions, and organizations.