Welcome to the FIRST ® Robotics Competition Championship
The varsity Sport for the MindTM, 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.
ULTIMATE ASCENTSM is played by two competing Alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives. The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match (Teleop Period), drivers control robots and try to maximize their Alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible.
The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs.
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 specially designed robot games.
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.
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 $16 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.