FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a national high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg). Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game changes yearly, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST ROBOTICS ETHIOPIA, the other three being FIRST Lego League Jr. (Jr. FLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL), and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
FRC has a unique culture, built around two values. Gracious Professionalism embraces the competition inherent in the program, but rejects trash talk and chest-thumping, instead embracing empathy and respect for other teams.Coopertition emphasizes those teams can cooperate and compete at the same time. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.
- High school only
- Teams make 120lb. robots which complete certain tasks in alliances. Competing at regional competitions allows for teams to qualify for World’s depending on ranking or certain awards, like the Rookie all Star Award.
The game is released the first Saturday of January, and teams have only 42 days (just over 6 weeks) to build the robot before it must be bagged and tagged until competition.