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FIRST® Robotics Competition: Ontario District

Durham College (DC) will once again host and sponsor the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Ontario District – Durham College Event at the Oshawa campus on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1.

FIRST®, an acronym that means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international not-for-profit organization in charge of this robotic competition that encourages young people to solve an engineering design problem in a competitive way, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigours of science and technology.

Over two days of competition, close to 1,100 high-school students from across Ontario on 36 teams will battle each other and demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge by building their own robots and working together to play the droid-themed game, FIRST® Infinite Recharge.

Admission to the FRC event is free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

When: Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1

Saturday, February 29

  • 11 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
  • 11:30 a.m. – Qualification matches
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 2:30 p.m. – Qualification matches
  • 7 p.m. – End of day’s competition

Sunday, March 1

  • 9 a.m. – Opening ceremonies
  • 9:30 a.m. – Qualification matches
  • 1 p.m. – Alliance selections
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 2:30 p.m. – Playoff matches
  • 5:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony

Where: Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre gymnasiums, Oshawa campus

Parking: free parking is available in Founders lot 2.