McMaster University will be hosting one of Canada’s premier science, technology and engineering competitions for high school-aged students on April 6-8, 2018.

More than 1,000 students, volunteers, parents and sponsors are expected to come to campus for a FIRST Robotics Canada District Competition. The competition for high school students will pit the best young minds in a qualifying match to design and build robots to solve a problem.

The district competition is one of several in a series of successive events FIRST Robotics runs in Ontario. Teams must compete in at least two district events where they accumulate points. The top 60 teams in Ontario will be invited to compete at the District Championship at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The winners of that event go on to represent Ontario in a FIRST Championship Event.

2017 Photo Gallery

Here are some highlights from our inaugural FIRST Robotics event at McMaster!

Congratulations to the winners, Teams 4039, 4939 & 2386!

Mac’s FIRST Alumni

McMaster Engineering has welcomed hundreds of students FIRST alumni. Here are their tips & tricks for the competition. As well, learn what it is like to be a Marauder and the opportunities at Mac that are similar to FIRST.


Michael Meier

Program: Civil Engineering & Society III

Prakhar Garg

Program: Mechatronics Engineering & Management V

Alison Bayzat

Program:  Electrical Engineering & Society V

Winky Luo

Program:  Computer Engineering III



The event will held at the David Braley Athletic Centre on campus. The main competition will be held in the Burridge Gym.

David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC)
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4E8

Zoom in and out on the map to see descriptions of all the spaces being used.

Here is a printable version of this map which has the key locations for the event, both on campus and within the buildings. These spots include food, parking and competition locations. Feel free to print it and bring it along with you!

FIRST Robotics at Mac Printable Map