Windsor has been named the permanent home for the Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics Canada regional tournament.

The three-day tournament will be held at the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre beginning in April 2014.

The tournament is expected to attract 1,200 high school students from across Ontario and the great lake states.

Organizers claim the tournament will inject $1 million into the local economy each year.

The University of Windsor and St. Clair College will use the tournament to recruit students.

"Having attended the world championship, which drew 30,000 people, I know this regional will be an unforgettable experience for students and a chance for this region to inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs," said Karen Behune Plunkett, president and CEO of WEtech Alliance.

The mission of First Robotics Canada is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

Regional winners move on to compete at the national and world championships.

In one year, the number of Windsor-Essex high schools participating in FIRST Robotics competitions has gone from one to 13.

FIRST Robotics Canada, a registered charity, was established in 2001 and incorporated in 2004 with a mission to inspire Canadian high school and elementary school students to pursue further studies and careers in science, technology and engineering.