FIRST Robotics Competition
Called the "Varsity Sport for the mind", FRC combines the excitement of sports 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 3,600 FRC teams are expected to compete during the 2018 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 and 15 seconds of teleoperated play.
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 2018-2019.