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2020 Trinity College Robot Competition Schedule Changes

The Impacts of the Coronavirus

Dear Roboticists,

I’m sorry to inform you that the 2020 Trinity College International Firefighting Robot Contest is officially cancelled. I’m sure this does not come as a surprise.   We will be refunding all registration payments. The administration of Trinity College has decided today (March 11) to cancel all events of 50 or more people, and to move to Remote Learning at least through April 5th, which means an overwhelming  majority of our students will not be on campus through that date.

We know you understand, and we hope that you are staying healthy and safe! We look forward to our continued relationships with you all, and hopefully we will  see you all in 2021. 


Dr. John Mertens

Contest Director

Professor of Engineering

Trinity College 

Celebrating 27 Years of Robotics Excellence

For the 27th consecutive year, robotics teams from around the world have gathered at Trinity College to compete in the International Fire Fighting Home Robot Competition, which advances robotic technology and knowledge by using robots as an educational tool.

What makes Trinity’s robotics competition different from others is that only autonomous robots are invited—intelligent robots programmed to operate independently and to respond in a particular way to outside stimuli; no remote controls are involved. First, second, and third place prizes are awarded to teams in different divisions whose robots successfully navigate a maze to extinguish a lit candle. The winners are determined by the best combined score from the completion of three difficulty levels. Awards are also given for additional challenges such as the poster presentation, a Robotics Olympiad Exam, most creative robot, and more. Click HERE for more information. 



Registration open till March 15, 2020  
Click HERE to register your robot team for the contest.


Contest T-Shirts

Purchase the official robot contest t-shirt.
Click HERE to make your purchase.
(within our contest registration page)

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Business Office

Reach the business office by mail at:

Trinity College

300 Summit Street

Department of Engineering

Hartford, CT 06106

Contest Site

The contest is held at Trinity College: Ferris Athletic Center For GPS, use 1695 Broad Street (Hartford) and enter through the iron gates