The Carleton University FIRST Robotics Alumni & Mentoring Association (CU FIRST) plays host to a number of events every year, ranging from membership social and networking events, to FIRST Ottawa community events bringing together teams from across the National Capital Region.


Ottawa FRC Season Kickoff

Each January, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams from across the Ottawa area join CU FIRST at Carleton University as the new FRC game is revealed to the world and that year’s season officially kicks off! We watch the live broadcast from FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, and begin the 6 week-long Build Season by diving into the Rules of the Game, hosting Strategy Sessions, and uniting the teams from Ottawa and surrounding area in the spirit of cooperation and friendship. In recent years, with the generous sponsorship of the Carleton University Faculty of Engineering & Design, we’ve been able to offer a Pizza Lunch, Tim Horton’s Coffee, underground parking and more completely free to Kickoff attendees.

Learn more about the Ottawa FRC Kickoff


Ottawa FLL Season Kickoff

After the release of the new FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenge in August, students, coaches, and parents from across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario gather at Carleton University in September to celebrate the launch of a brand-new season. Embracing the ideals of teamwork, friendship and fun, FLL Teams gather to learn more about the game, receive guidance on strategy, robot design, and programming, and seek advice from FLL Alumni, Coaches, and Volunteers. Students will also get the opportunity to meet with local high school-aged FRC Teams to preview the next level of FIRST competition, while Coaches and Parents can make valuable connections with experienced FIRST Alumni, Tournament Volunteers, sponsors, and partners.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 Ottawa FLL Kickoff coming soon!


Social & Networking Events

Throughout the Fall and Winter Semesters at Carleton University, CU FIRST organizes a number of events specifically for our members to relax, get to know one another, and have fun! From Board Game Socials, to LEGO Building Parties, to Pub Nights, we love spending time with our members and forging new friendships over our shared love of FIRST.

Stay tuned to the CU FIRST Newsletter and our Social Media accounts for all of the latest information.


General & Executive Meetings

General Meetings are held at least twice per year, and are scheduled for November and March. These meetings are open to everyone, and it’s where we will discuss and plan for upcoming events, vote on proposed Motions/Amendments, and hold elections

Executive Meetings are held at least once per month from September to April (during the Fall and Winter semesters at Carleton University). A portion of each of these meetings is dedicated to presentations from members. If a member has an issue or idea they would like to discuss, we ask that they email us at to be added to the agenda.

Learn more about General & Executive Meetings