About FIRST Robotics Competition

Join us for the exhilarating FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), where high school students showcase their brilliance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)! These events gather the brightest young minds to participate in qualifying matches that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Be a part of the action as students compete with their specially designed robots to conquer challenging tasks, all under the theme of CRESCENDO, celebrating the fusion of STEM skills with the arts. These events are hosted across nine district competitions in Ontario by FIRST Robotics Canada and their partners, and they mark the season’s pinnacle. Teams compete across multiple district events to earn points and secure their spot at the highly anticipated Provincial Championship. 

From there, the journey continues for the chance to represent their region at the prestigious. FIRST World Championship Event in Houston, Texas.

We invite you to join us in celebrating these remarkable achievements! Our events are open to everyone, free of charge. See the list of locations and dates throughout March and early April. Take advantage of the excitement – see you there!

Venue and Parking

Venue Map
On Thursday and Friday, you can park for free in the X lot, pay for parking in the N lot, or have a daily permit in the M lot. 
On Saturday, DO NOT park in these lots, instead you can park for free in lot Q. 
There will be an open house at the university on Saturday, so all traffic will be directed to lots other than lot Q. 
The map below shows how to enter the building.  Teams, when lining up before doors open on Friday and Saturday morning, the line will be at the doors indicated by the X in the image below. Please dress appropriately for the weather. 

Special Transit Discount Code

kids at a robotics eventAdults (13-64):
For GO Transit:
Promo Code: FIRSTRobotics24Discount: 15% Off Adult Fare (ages 13-64)
Validity: Active through Apr 8
Please note, GO tickets are only valid for 7 days from the time of purchase, so hold off on purchasing until closer to the event date to make the most of your discount. To book your tickets, simply visit the GO site and enter the promo code during the purchase flow. Book your GO Transit tickets here: GO Transit

Youth and for college and university students:

For GO Transit:

Discount:40% Off full ticket price for youth and for college and university students
To get the student discount, you can purchase a Presto Card and set the student rate on the card while purchasing a PRESTO card or use the above discount if you don’t want a Presto card. Purchase your Student Presto Card here

For UP Express:
Promo Code: FIRSTRobotics24

Discount: 25% Off
Validity: Active through Apr 8
Unlike GO tickets, UP Express tickets can be purchased in advance and remain valid for up to a year from the purchase date. Take advantage of this fantastic offer by visiting the UP site and entering the promo code during checkout. Book your UP Express tickets here: UP Express

Food and Team Eating Spaces

Team Load-In

Team Load In Map from Waterloo

Teams May Load-in from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday, March 21st

  • Due to space constraints in the load-in area, teams will be given a 10-minute time slot in which they need to empty their vehicle and move it away from the load-in area.
  • Lead Mentors 1 and 2 were sent the load in schedule.

If you arrive early, please wait in Parking Lot X until your time slot and then drive to the load-in area.

Team Load-In (5 reps) – March 15th, 2:30-4:30pm
Pits Open – March 15th @ 4:30pm
Pits Open – March 16th & 17th @ 8:00am

  • Each team MUST bring maximum 5 team representatives (1 must be an adult) to off load your trailer/car and take items to PIT

  • Pack for quick load/unload – large bins/NO loose items, bring dollies to help you transport your items

  • CHECK IN at the PIT ADMIN Desk that you have arrived.

Volunteer Check-In and Registration

When you arrive at the event there will be a Volunteer Check-In Desk for you to meet the Volunteer Coordinator to welcome you and give you supplementary information to the emails you have received from them. You will also receive your Volunteer T-shirt and anything else you need specific to your role. They will give you instructions on where the Volunteer Lounge is located and who you will be reporting to for the event and receive any further training from. 

Twitch Channels

 University of Waterloo District Event   
 Mar 22: Day 1Mar 23: Day 2 Mar 22: Day 1Mar 23: Day 2
Main FeedFIRSTCanadaFIRSTCanada www.twitch.tv/FIRSTCanadawww.twitch.tv/FIRSTCanada
Full Field FeedFIRSTOntario4FIRSTOntario4 www.twitch.tv/FIRSTOntario4www.twitch.tv/FIRSTOntario4