CIRC 2022 Winter Competition Information

Notice Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on large events and gatherings. Unfortunately, the 2022 Winter event has been cancelled. The 2022 Summer Event is still scheduled to take place in August 2022.


CSTAG is introducing the first Winter Rover Challenge, coming February 2022. This special event will host a small number of teams in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by invitation only. If you are interested in competing, please register your interest using the link below! If you don’t have a robot but are interested in helping out at the event, please email us at [email protected].

This is an outdoor event, and rovers must be able to operate in wintery conditions including snow, ice, mud, and significant freezing temperatures. We look forward to seeing how teams adapt their rovers to meet this new challenge.

Event Date

February 21-23, 2022


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

General Information

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Tasks for 2022 Winter have been fully updated. Task Rubrics will be available before the start of the event.

Changes From The Summer Challenge

We’ve made significant changes to the rules to accommodate the winter weather and location of this competition. The rules and tasks have been structured so a winterized version of the summer rover should be able to complete the tasks.

The competition may have no overnight tasks, and no guaranteed overnight access to CIRC central at this time. Due to the time of year, tasks may still take place after dark.

Instead of operator stations located outdoors near each task site, rover operators will be located inside the CIRC central building. Therefore, we’re providing a managed Ethernet network connecting CIRC central to each task site. Teams will use this network to connect their operator stations to their radio equipment deployed at each task site. Suitably dressed team members are still permitted to observe and repair their rovers at task sites, but this may prove difficult due to weather conditions.

The density of the new competition location has caused us to reserve one additional radio communication channel. We’ve clarified that rovers must be able to operate in all weather, and that the only schedule changes will be due to unsafe weather.

We may make additional changes to these rules after the completion of the Summer 2021 challenge based on lessons learned at that competition. When those changes are made, they will be listed here.