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.
AERIAL ASSISTSM is played by two competing Alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.
The match begins with one 10-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of the driver. Each robot may begin with a ball and attempt to score it in a goal. Alliances earn bonus points for scoring balls in this mode and for any of their robots that move into their zones. Additionally, each high/low pair of goals will be designated “hot” for five seconds, but the order of which side is first is randomized. For each ball scored in a “hot” goal, the Alliance earns additional bonus points. For the rest of the match, drivers remotely control robots from behind a protective wall. Once all balls in autonomous are scored, only one ball is re-entered into play, and the Alliances must cycle a single ball as many times as possible for the remainder of the match. With the single ball, they try to maximize their points earned by throwing balls over the truss, catching balls launched over the truss, and scoring in the high and low goals on the far side of the field.
Alliances receive large bonuses for “assists,” which are earned for each robot that has possession of the ball in a zone as the ball moves down the field. Points are awarded for each action (see scoring table).
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 $19 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.