Who are We?
Founded in 2015, the Carleton University FIRST Robotics Alumni & Mentoring Association, aka CU FIRST, aims to promote and expand FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and it’s robotics-based educational programs for children on-campus and across the National Capital Region. Comprised of FIRST Alumni, Volunteers, Mentors, and Coaches from Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and more, CU FIRST is the only post-secondary student club of its kind in Ottawa.
As an official FIRST Alumni Collegiate Group, we provide resources and assistance to University and College students that previously participated in a FIRST program, helping them make the transition to become Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, giving back to the community and helping to foster the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and artists. We also maintain close relationships with area teams and event planning committees across Eastern Ontario to provide as much support as possible and ensure continued growth in the region.
Through strong partnerships with both FIRST Robotics Canada and the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design, we organize community events, such as the annual Ottawa FRC Kickoff in early Janaury, provide assistance to local competitions, such as the Ottawa FLL Tournament in early December, and offer services to our membership, such as Travel Grants that allow Mentors and Volunteers to attend FRC District Events across the province.
Through these initiatives, relationships and our passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), we hope to build and maintain a strong FIRST presence in Ottawa for years to come.
We are proud to have established strong relationships with our National Affiliate, FIRST Canada, the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design, and student organizations such as CUSA (Carleton University Student’s Association) and CSES (Carleton Student Engineering Society).