FIRST® Robotics Competition
What is FRC?
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) provides the opportunity for high school students and their mentors to work together to solve a common problem. They will have six weeks to design and build a robot using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Each year the challenge is designed by Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST®, FRC staff, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
FIRST® redefines winning for these students by rewarding teams for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, Gracious Professionalism, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring points is a secondary goal- winning means building partnerships that last.
FRC has many events that they host over the course of a year. First, there is Kickoff. Kickoff is the start of the build season, which for most teams is the busiest time. At Kickoff, the game challenge is revealed, which starts the 6 week period in which teams can build their robot. After these six long, gruesome weeks, the robot is bagged up and isn’t touched until competition. From there, it is only to be touched during competitions and very rare time frames.
FRC also hosts many various types of competitions that go from Regionals, including the Wisconsin Regional and Seven Rivers Regional, to the FIRST® championship, which is the largest competition in the FRC program. Because they first have to qualify by winning an award at a regional competition, there are very few teams that make it through to the championship.