Digital Expo Program Booklet

About the Digital Expo

Join us for a weeklong celebration of our volunteers, mentors, students and teams at FIRST Canada’s Digital Expo! Each weeknight at twitch/tv/firstcanada we’ll be recognizing and celebrating a group of FIRST participants, culminating with a Championship Saturday where the FIRST LEGO League Challenge and FIRST Tech Challenge  Provincial Championship showcases will be taking place, along with the FIRST Robotics Competition Awards Gala.

Monday, May 10 - 7:00 pm ET

Team Recognition and Celebration

Listen to the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Global Innovation Nominees Presentations, check out the Season recap, our FIRST Robotics Competition Rookies and hear from the 5 FRC District Chairman’s Award Winners.

  • Guest Speaker – MDA
  • FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award Competition Nominees Presentation-3111 – Dude Decent, 5875 – The Corti-Patch Kids, and 8404 – Team Not Found
  • All Programs Season Recap Video
  • FIRST Robotics Competition District Awards – Focus on Chairman’s1305 – Ice Cubed, 772 – Sabre Robotics, 865 – WARP7, 2056 – OP Robotics, and 4476- W.A.F.F.L.E.S.
  • FRC Rookie Recognition

Tuesday, May 11 - 7:00 pm ET

Youth Recognition and Celebration

Celebrate the recognition of our student leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students. Get a chance to see what it takes to be part of the Youth Council and the impact students can create!

  •  Guest Speaker – Enbridge Gas
  •  Keynote speaker – Tai Young 
  • 2021 FTC and FRC Dean’s List Semi-Finalists Recognition
    FIRST Tech Challenge | Armaan Sengupta, Helen Yin, Alexandra Miller, and Yilang Mei 
  • FIRST Robotics Competition | Alison Thompson, Khushi Patel, Fionna Truong, Michelle Adams, Vanshika Bhatia, Jeremy Gray, Tyler Smith, Christian Thorg, Sreela Chowdhury, and Joshua Liu
  • FIRST Robotics Canada Youth Council Panel

Wednesday, May 12 - 7:00 pm ET

Mentor Recognition and Celebration

Join us and listen to the stories of impact from the World Woodie Flowers Award Winners and recognize the 2021 FIRST Tech Challenge Compass Award Nominees, FIRST Robotics Competition Woodie Flowers Finalists Nominees and the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Mentor Nominees.

  • Guest Speaker – Rockwell Automation
  • Story Time with World Woodie Flowers Award Winners
    -Mark Breadner, Andy Baker, Paul Copioli, Gail Drake, and Liz Calef
  • FIRST Robotics Competition WFFA Nominees Recognition
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Compass Award Nominees Recognition
  • FIRST Lego League Challenge Coach Award Nominee Recognition

Thursday, May 13 - 7:00 pm ET

Volunteer Recognition and Celebration

What is it like to be a volunteer with FIRST? Join us for a Story Time with our previous years Volunteer of the Year and Cross Program Award Winners as well as recognize our amazing volunteers at FIRST!.

  • Guest Speaker – SYNNEX Canada
  • Storytime with 2020 FIRST Canada Cross Program Winner Kyle Laughton, 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition Volunteers of the Year – Joel L. & Miki Corneil
  •  2021 Season Volunteer Recognition
Build it Challenge

Saturday May 15th, 2021

9:00 am - 6:00 pm ET

  • FIRST LEGO League Provincial Championship Event
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Provincial Championship Event
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Awards Gala

Guest Speakers: Magna International, 3M, Hatch, Qualcomm

Young Kids Playing with LEGO

FIRST LEGO League Provincial Championship Event

9:00 am - 11:00 am ET

More than 30+ elementary school teams from across Ontario will compete in the FIRST LEGO League Ontario Championships on May 15, 2021. Teams have spent the past eight months  engaged in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also  will explore the activities we can do in different spaces for play and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved.

FIRST Tech Challenge Provincial Championship Event

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Join FIRST Tech Challenge Teams as they showcase robots developed and operated by teams of middle and high school students. The competing robots are the best robots from the FTC Qualifying Events. The robots represent the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and managing project deadlines. Awards will be given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments

FIRST Robotics Competition Awards Gala

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET

Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of High school students that have worked hard to compete virtually this year with their robot and design challenges. Teams had to demonstrate what their robots and drivers can do in a Skills Competition inspired by the INFINITE RECHARGE game.  Teams also designed a FIRST Robotics Competition game to compete against other teams for a chance to pitch their game to the FIRST Robotics Competition Game Design Team. This show will announce award winners for all of the At Home Challenges as well as the Traditionally Submitted Awards along with the many scholarships FIRST Canada offers!


    • Canadian Women In STEM Scholarship
    • Don Bossi Leadership & Innovation Canadian Scholarship
    • Indigenous Scholarship Award
    • Shad Scholarship
    • Build a Dream Scholarship
    • Game Design Awards
    • Infinite Recharge at Home Challenges
    • FIRST Innovation Challenge Presented by Qualcomm
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • FIRST Canada Cross Program Award in Memory of Rhona Breadner