First Robotics Competition is an International high school robotics competition that began in 1992 in Manchester, Massachusetts. Each year in the beginning of January, teams are given a standard set of parts and the details of the game. Each game consists of a short autonomous period, 10-15 seconds, and 2 minutes of tele-operated control. Some elements are re-used from game to game. Click here to learn more about the program.
During competition, teams are randomly assigned to alliances of 3 teams which then compete in qualification matches. In the qualification matches teams can earn qualifying points which allow them to move on to elimination matches. Teams generally earn points by scoring during the match and then have the opportunity at the end of the match to earn bonus points by achieving a specific task in the “endgame”.
Since 1992, more than 2,300 teams totaling over 58,000 students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, and more have joined FIRST. Each year there are 52 Regional Events, 14 District Competitions, 2 District Championships, and the World FIRST Championships. The FIRST World Championship, where hundreds of teams compete from all segments of FIRST, has been held in locations around the United States including Atlanta, Georgia, Houston, and Walt Disney World. Currently, there are two world championships, one being held in Houston, Texas and the other being held in Detroit, Michigan. When our team qualifies, we attend the event in Detroit.