FIRST Robotics Competition

High school aged teams compete head to head on a playing field with robots they have designed, built and programmed.

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The excitement of sports + the rigors of science and technology.

 

WE CALL IT

The Ultimate Sport for the Mind

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CALL IT

“The hardest fun you’ll ever have. “

FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION

 

Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded 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. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

2020-2021 STAR WARS-INSPIRED CHALLENGE

INFINITE RECHARGE

This year’s game is part of the 2020-2021 FIRST season, FIRST GAME CHANGERS, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

In INFINITE RECHARGE, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each alliance, along with their trusty droids, race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate sections of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to get their Shield Generator operational in order to protect the city.

New Remote Challenges for FIRST Robotics Competition 2021 Season

Recognizing ongoing challenges for robotics teams with remote and hybrid learning during the pandemic, limited access to build spaces, tools, and robots, as well as uncertainty for traveling to and attending in-person events, FIRST introduced new challenge opportunities for FIRST Robotics Competition teams to participate remotely this season.

 

  • INFINITE RECHARGE at Home gives teams around the world an opportunity to demonstrate their robot’s technical skills in competition. Teams compete for awards by remotely showing off what their robots and drivers can do in five skills challenges based on the 2020 INFINITE RECHARGE field game, which was unveiled prior to pandemic-related shut-downs last year. Teams without access to their robots can compete for technical awards through virtual interviews with judges about their machine’s abilities.

 

  • The Game Design Challenge invites teams to design an original FIRST Robotics Competition game and compete for judged awards, an opportunity to get creative and artistic while applying fundamental engineering principles. Winning concepts will also be considered for use in future official games.

 

  • The FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm challenges teams to explore the invention and innovation process through identifying a problem or opportunity to help people and communities keep, regain, or achieve optimum physical and/or mental health and fitness through active play or other forms of movement – a challenge inspired by the season’s sports and fitness theme.

2021 Season Workshops

To support teams through the new Innovation Challenge.

 

"Competition for the sake not of destroying one another, but for the sake of bettering and improving both competitors as a result of the competition."

- Dr. Woodie Flowers

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