What Is FIRST Robotics Competition?
"The Varsity Sport For The Mind™. The Only Sport Where Everyone Can Turn Pro."
"Sporting competitions seem to be what we obsess over, frankly. So if we can put engineering, science, technology into a format of healthy, fun competition, we can attract all sorts of kids that might not see the kind of activity we do as accessible or rewarding."
- Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST Robotics Competition
"The Hardest Fun You'll Ever Have."
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international robotics competition where teams of high school students design, build, and program a 120-pound robot in only six weeks to play a competitive game in tournaments. FRC is a high school-level of progressive programs of FIRST:
"Every year, we would build (in the FIRST Robotics Competition) what amounted to a $300,000 machine just based on the man-hours that go into it, and that's at a simple $10 per hour rate. How many other after school activities do our kids do today where they walk away after one year with a $300,000 opportunity that they've built?"
- Mark McCombs, TEDx Talks Jacksonville, 2015
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It is the world's leading non-profit STEM education program. FIRST is based on the following principles: (Source: FIRST Inspires)
Promotion video for FIRST Robotics Canada (2017)
- Culture of competition, encouraging high-quality work while practicing empathy, sensitivity, and kindness by valuing and respecting others' work.
- Concept of competing teams helping, teaching, and learning each other whenever possible to mutually achieve highly.
2017 Game: FIRST POWER UP
Official game reveal on Sat. January 6, 2018 to all global teams of the FIRST Robotics Competition.
2017 Game: STEAMworks
Official game reveal on Sat. January 7, 2017 to all global teams of the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Sat. July 29, 2017. Tie-breaking Match 5 in FIRST Festival of Champions: Winners of FIRST Championship (Houston) vs. Winners of FIRST Championship (St. Louis).
Sat. Apr. 22, 2017. FIRST Championship in Houston, TX. Einstein Field - Finals 2 (Championship-clinching match).
Sat. Apr. 29, 2017. FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO. Einstein Field - Finals 2 (Championship-clinching match).
The winning alliances from both of these FIRST Championship competitions me at the FIRST Festival Of Champions on July 29 in New Hampshire.
2015 Game: Recycle Rush
Official Game Reveal by FIRST Robotics Competition.
Apr. 25, 2015. FIRST Championship - Einstein Field, Round 2 (Championship-clinching) Match.