Dads of Daughters in STEM – Interview with Dr. Elliott Coleshill

by Kim Cooper As part of the Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council, I’m honoured to collaborate with a group of talented leaders—including Dr. Elliott Coleshill. After a few short minutes chatting with Dr. Coleshill, it was abundantly evident to me that this man has the background, knowledge, and experience that far surpasses even the notorious bearded man claimed to be the “most interesting man

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2016 FIRST Robotics Scholarships for Ontario Universities

Many Ontario universities and colleges are recognizing the skills and commitment that students participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition have and are offering scholarships to graduating students participating in FRC.  For more information on the scholarships offered by each of these schools and a complete list of scholarships offered to FIRST students across the world, click on the image below.   University of Ontario Institute

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FIRST Walk-in and Online Help Desk Resources

FIRST Robotics Canada and FIRST Robotics Competition teams are working together to provide the FIRST Walk-In Help Centre and the Online Help Desk.  Any team can ask experienced teams for help and support throughout the build season through either of these resources. Visit the resources page on these tools.


TD Team-Assistance Grant Opportunity!

FIRST Robotics Canada is proud to welcome TD as a 2016-17 event and team sponsor! TD is thrilled to offer six (6) $2,500 grants to support teams in Ontario that make a demonstrable effort to encourage and demonstrate the participation and engagement of female members of your team in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC) Ontario

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FIRST Congratulates Exemplary Mentor

By Dorothy Byers Volunteers and mentors are key to FIRST Robotics Canada’s success. Without these devoted and tireless members of our community, the students from K-12 would not be able to learn through the FIRST family of programs. Whether they are teachers, industry experts, parents, or community members, they are all bound by the same passion–to bring the experience of

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2016 FIRST Gateway Conference

North Bay and FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1305 will be hosting the FIRST Gateway Conference on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at Nipissing University. This event is open to all FIRST teams and will be filled with presentations and activities to help teams.  Cost will be minimal.  More details to follow, so check back later for updates! Contact Phillip Carmichael at for more information

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FIRST Charity Golf Tournament a Success!

By Jaeleen Koscielski On Thursday, July 7, 2016, FIRST Canada hosted the inaugural charity golf tournament at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. The event was a great success; there were teams of four golfers from sponsors like Microsoft, SYNNEX, HP Lenovo, Magna, Lexmark, Xerox and so many more. The day began with all of the excited participants checking in.

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FLL Jr. Registration and Challenge Release

The 2016–2017 FIRST LEGO League Jr. Creature Craze season is coming!  Get ready for the challenge release and team registration starting on August 1 at 12PM EDT.  For more information on FIRST LEGO League Jr. and how to register a team, visit our page on starting a team.


FRC in Ontario moving to District Model for 2017

The FIRST Robotics Canada Board of Directors would like to formally announce that the program in Ontario will be moving to the District Model for the 2017 competition season. This decision culminates almost three years of preparatory work. We consulted with the FIRST Robotics Competition community in Ontario as part of this process, and the feedback we have received from

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Rick Mercer visits FRC Greater Toronto East Regional

What happened when Rick Mercer visited a FIRST Robotics Competition? You’ll have to check it out on CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report on Tuesday, March 22nd at 8 pm EST! Hint: Confusion, mayhem and an epic battle! Photos courtesy of Eddy Gunawan