Welcome to the FIRST ® Robotics Competition Championship

The  FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC ® ) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional Mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Game Overview

RECYCLE RUSH SM is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking Totes on Scoring Platforms, capping those stacks with Recycling Containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing Litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST® at the end of the season.

Each Alliance competes on their respective 26 ft. by 27 ft. side of the playing field. Each RECYCLE RUSH match begins with a 15-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of their drivers. During this period, robots attempt to earn points by moving themselves, their Yellow Totes, and their Recycling Containers into the area between the white scoring platforms, called the Auto Zone.

During the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds of the match, called the Teleop Period, robots are controlled remotely by student drivers located behind the walls at the ends of the field. Teams on an Alliance work together to place as many Totes on their white Scoring Platforms as possible. Alliances earn additional points for Recycling Containers placed on the scored Totes, with containers at greater height earning more points.

Alliances also earn points for disposing of their Litter in their Landfill Zone near the center of the field, or placing Litter in or on scored Recycling Containers. Alliances that leave Litter from the other Alliance unprocessed on their side of the field at the end of the match, not in scoring position, will add points to the score of the other Alliance.

Alliances have an opportunity to earn Coopertition® Points by coordinating with the other Alliance in the match. Coopertition Points are awarded if, at some point in the match, there are at least four Yellow Totes on the Step simultaneously. Coopertition Points are doubled if the Alliances arrange at least four of those Yellow Totes in a single stack on the Step.

To rank well during qualification matches, and advance through the playoff matches to the finals, teams will want to work to maximize their score for each match. Simply outscoring their opponents in a match does not guarantee an improved ranking. Information displayed to the audience after each match will show how the teams’ performance affected their rank in the tournament.

Point values for the Teleop Period are in the table.


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 What is FRC?

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity “Sport for the MindTM” designed to help high-school-aged young people discover interesting and rewarding careers in engineering, science, and technology. FRC teams are composed of students, professional engineers, and other adult Mentors who have just six weeks to work collaboratively to design and build a robot that can compete in a specially designed robot game.

At FRC competitions, teams compete in Alliances to complete the new challenge unveiled each year at the January Kickoff. Referees oversee the competition while Judges evaluate teams and present awards for design, technology, and sportsmanship. Students have a unique opportunity to test their designs under challenging circumstances while interacting with industry and business leaders who volunteer their time to help make this event happen. The atmosphere is as high-energy and exciting as a rock concert.

What is FRC?

Active involvement with an FRC team is a powerful experience. Students participate in real-world engineering challenges while learning time management, developing teamwork skills, and building self-esteem. Involvement with an FRC team leads students to a better understanding of the impact science and technology have on our daily lives. Studies have shown that 88 percent of FRC Alumni have gone on to college. This year’s participants have access to more than $20 million in scholarship funds available exclusively to FIRST students.

There are lots of ways to get involved in FIRST. Individuals can mentor teams, volunteer at events, or join planning committees that support FIRST activities. Corporations, foundations, and administrations may sponsor teams; donate space, materials, and talent; or fund FIRST events. Over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies support FIRST. Some of the world’s most respected companies provide funding, mentorship time and talent, volunteer hours, equipment, and more in an effort to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s technologically-literate workforce.