FIRST Robotics Competition

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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the highest-level robotics league in the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) progression of robotics programs.

Called the "Varsity Sport for the mind", FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Guided by professional mentors, high school teams design, build and program complex 120 lb robots, while also raising team funds, designing their marketing "brand", and honing their teamwork and business skills. This is as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.

The game changes each year with the new game being unveiled at kickoff on the first Saturday of the year. Robots must be complete and sealed for competition a mere 45 days later. More than 2,850 FRC teams are expected to compete during the 2015 season. Over $20M in college scholarships are available exclusively to FIRST students.

Competitions are held on a 27 x 54 ft field with two alliances of three robots each competing. Matches comprise a 15 second autonomous period, followed by 2 minutes of teleoperated play.

Downingtown Area Robotics' FRC Team 1640 is preparing to enter its twelfth competition season.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2015-2016.