McMaster University will be hosting one of Canada’s premier science, technology and engineering competitions for high school-aged students on April 8-9, 2017.

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.


In partnership with FIRST, McMaster University is offering two McMaster FIRST Engineering Scholarships each valued at $5,000 CAD to grade 12 students planning to attend McMaster for engineering, BTech or computer science.

The application, found here, is due on April 28, 2017.



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


Team Resources

A guide containing all the information you’ll need. Scope out the competition, learn about McMaster and the surrounding area, know the layout of the venue before you arrive and for teachers get the most up to date details on loading, parking and everything else.

Team 6330, the Arc Angels, would like to help mentors other teams by providing a quick single page checklist to simplify what must be brought to FRC events. This will help rookie teams to ensure proper documents and key equipment are not overlooked, find the list below.

Rookie Team Simplified First Event Check List

Mac’s FIRST Alumni

McMaster Engineering has hundreds of students who are also 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 II

Prakhar Garg

Program: Mechatronics Engineering & Management IV

Alison Bayzat

Program:  Electrical Engineering & Society V

Winky Luo

Program:  Computer Engineering II