Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design will present the 2020 Ottawa FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff. Hosted by non-profit FIRST Robotics Canada’s Carleton chapter, CU FIRST, the event brings together eight high school robotics teams comprising more than 200 students from across the Ottawa region for a live-streamed reveal of the 2020 competition game Infinite Recharge.

Media are invited to attend the live-stream viewing.

When: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, the live webcast begins at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Room 2200, Richcraft Hall, Carleton
Info: A campus map is available online.

Broadcast from FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, N.H., the kickoff will set the rules of the game and launch the robot building season for Ottawa-area teams.

It will all lead to Ottawa’s inaugural FIRST Robotics Canada District Competition hosted at Carleton in March 2020. High school students from across Ontario will compete with their robots in an epic challenge that combines sport, science and teamwork while providing real-world engineering experience. Under strict time limitations, students design and build 120-pound robots that compete to complete a variety of tasks. Students construct, program and test their machines using skills in engineering, coding and design.

After competing at district events, teams with the highest rankings and awards will go on to April’s Ontario Provincial Championships – a competition that will decide who will continue to the FRC World Championship in Detroit.


 (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization designed to inspire students to pursue further studies and careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Students develop skills in problem solving, innovation, leadership and teamwork, as well as design, manufacturing, programming and testing. FIRST’s programs reach 300,000 students in 70 countries. Started in 2002, FIRST Robotics Canada now reaches 20,000 Canadian students.

Media Contact

Elizabeth Murphy
Communications Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8834

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