Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design is pleased to announce it will host a 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition in partnership with FIRST Robotics Canada.

During the three-day competition, scheduled to run from March 13-15, 2020, high school students from across Ontario, along with their robots built in under six weeks, will compete in an epic challenge that combines sport, science, and teamwork while providing real-world engineering experience.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization encouraging kids in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Under strict time limitations, students design and build 120-pound robots that compete on a playing field to complete tasks. Students program and test their machines using skills in engineering, coding, and design. Teams also develop business and marketing plans, as well as outreach initiatives to fundraise and engage their local community.

“As a leader in engineering and design and a strong supporter of youth education in STEM, Carleton University is extremely proud to partner with FIRST Robotics Canada,” says Fred Afagh, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design. “Our Faculty’s dedication to real-world learning and immersive hands-on experience is widely reflected in how FIRST competitions help to develop the next generation of STEM leaders in Canada.”

Carleton’s newly added competition will raise the number of FIRST Robotics district events in Ontario to eleven in 2020.

After competing at district events, teams with the highest rankings and awards will move onto the Ontario Provincial Championships at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga in April 2020. Rankings at this Championship will decide who moves onto the FRC World Championship in Detroit.

FIRST Robotics Canada is excited to partner with Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design to host an FRC event in 2020,” says Mark Breadner, President of FIRST Robotics Canada. “We are looking forward to our partnership and giving Ottawa high school students and surrounding areas the unique opportunity to engage and excel in STEM through FIRST programs.”

About Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design

Carleton University’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design is recognized as a leader in Canada and beyond, offering one of the most extensive ranges of engineering, architecture, industrial design, and information technology programs in the country. Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design offers unique experiential learning opportunities and delivers real-world training through partnerships with industry and collaboration with government departments and agencies.


FIRST is an international non-profit 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. FIRST Robotics Canada, a Canadian non-profit started in 2002, now reaches 20,000 Canadian students.

Media Contacts

Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

Kim Cooper
FIRST Robotics Canada

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