FIRST Robotics Canada District Competition – Georgian College Barrie Campus

March 15, 2024
12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Georgian College, Barrie

FIRST Robotics Canada District Competition – Georgian College Barrie Campus presented by the Nissan Canada Foundation

Robots competing in Barrie Athletic Centre the robots are coming

The robots are coming back to Georgian’s Barrie Campus from March 15 to 17, 2024. In the FIRST Robotics competition, teams of high school students will build, program and compete in an epic battle that combines the excitement of a championship sporting event with the practical application of science and technology. This year’s theme is Charged Up.

Event overview

  • Friday, March 15: set up and load in
  • Saturday, March 16: opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. with qualifying matches starting at 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 17: finals, award ceremonies, and tear down

Information for competing teams

How we communicate with you 

In addition to posting details and updates on the official FIRST Robotics Canada website (e.g., event agenda, list of competitors, and helpful information on food, accommodations, load in, parking, we communicate with teams via email. Team mentors should make sure to check their inboxes regularly for important tips and reminders.

Things to do while you’re here

We’re looking forward to hosting you on campus! Event T-shirts will be for sale. Team mentors are asked to watch for an invitation to have team members participate in a fun activity on the Friday evening while waiting for the full teams to enter the event.

Information for volunteers  

First Robotics YouTube video

Check out this YouTube video from the 2020 FIRST Robotics competition at Georgian College.

Close to 100 student and employee volunteers are needed to make this event a success, and we need human volunteers! Technological knowledge is not required for most positions.

What’s in it for you? 

  • get FREE food
  • receive a FREE T-shirt
  • pick from nearly 50 roles, from judge to crowd control
  • see cool robots in action
  • support the next generation of tech super-stars!
  • Georgian students can add this experience to their co-curricular records

What you can expect 

  • clear role expectations
  • tools and training to do the job
  • respect for your time

What we’re looking for 

  • enthusiasm!
  • punctuality
  • availability over a full day
  • availability for training (date to be confirmed)

How to become a FIRST Robotics volunteer

Have questions? Email Volunteer Coordinator Mark Gatenby at

Want more info? 

Vaccinations and masking requirements (FIRST Robotics Canada)

NOTE: masks must be worn at all in-person FIRST Robotics Canada events in 2023*. Please visit the FIRST Robotics Canada website for COVID-19 protocols for the 2023 event season.

*This is a requirement of FIRST Robotics Canada. 

Advanced technology at Georgian College

Students work in the Peter B Moore Advanced Technology Centre Barrie Campus

Check out this YouTube video of the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre at Georgian College.

Georgian hosts this event in part because the college truly believes in the importance of training and inspiring the next generation of changemakers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) specialists.

That’s also why Georgian has invested in state-of-the-art robotics, mechatronics, electronics and environmental labs.

Event sponsors

The FIRST Robotics Canada District Competition – Georgian College Barrie Campus is presented by the Nissan Canada Foundation and supported by the following sponsors:

Nissan Canada Foundation logo Honda the Power of Dreams logo

County of Simcoe logo

Page Graphics logo

Kuka logo

OMRON logo Georgian College Alumni Association logo