What is it?
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Why is it unique?
- It is a sport of where participants play with and learn from the pros
- Designing and building a robot is fascinating real-world professional experience
- Competing brings participants as much excitement and adrenaline rush as conventional varsity tournaments
- The game rules are a surprise every year
How it works
The FIRST® Robotics competition (FRC) stages short games played by robots. The robots are designed and built in six weeks (from a common set of parts) by a team of high-school-aged young people and a handful of engineers-Mentors. The students program remotely control the robots in competition round on the field. Teams ae formed in the fall. The annual FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff in early January starts the six-week “build” season. Competitions take place in March and April. The FIRST® Robotics competition Regional events are typically held in a university arenas. They involve 40 to 70 teams cheered by thousands of fans over three days (two days for District events.) A championship event caps the season. Referees oversee the competition. Judges evaluate teams and present awards for design, technology, sportsmanship and commitment to add FIRST® The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor at FIRST® and recognizes a team that exemplifies the values of FIRST®.