What is First Robotics Competition?

FIRST® Robotics Competition is designed for youths grades 9-12 and combines the excitement of sports with the rigor of science and technology. With strict rules, limited resources and time, students are tasked with the challenge of creating an industrial-size robot to compete; they must build and program the robot to compete and cooperate with other teams.

FRC teams can be formed in schools or other youth-based organizations and are led by two or more adult mentors to help educate and guide the students in the challenge they’ve been given, raising funds, designing and maintaining the team brand, and working with their community to earn specific awards.

Each year, FIRST® provides teams with a new challenge that focuses on real-world issues that scientists and engineers are facing today. They have six weeks to plan, design, build, and program a robot to compete with and against other teams and their robots.

Volunteers and teachers are the lifeblood of the program – they make it happen. Volunteering with FIRST® Washington is a great way to impact today’s youth in a new and exciting way, and there is a unique role for every person.

FRC is preparing youth to be the future leaders of the STEM field by approaching robotics as a team sport rather than a classroom subject. Our goal is to make learning fun and ignite a passion for discovery and creativity. It provides students with a “real-world” environment to learn new skills and improve on existing skills.

FIRST® ROBOTICS COMPETITION SUPPORTS YOU

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, coach, volunteer, or team member, FIRST® Washington has your back every step of the way. We’ve built an array of resources to help guide you, solve problems, and make your robotics journey a success.

Students

FIRST® Washington makes sure that students have all they need to be inspired, develop their talents and do their best in FIRST® Robotics Competition. Our resources make it easy to find the answers you need.

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Educators

FIRST® Washington gives educators access to helpful online toolkits, detailed instructions, and connections to resources, including a free, comprehensive online curriculum and professional development.

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Volunteers

Volunteering with FIRST® Robotics Competition is a great way to impact today’s youth in a new and exciting way, with unique roles for every person that are all significant to the success of the students.

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