FIRST Robotics

About FIRST Robotics Competition

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, we call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate sport for the mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand", hone teamwork skills, and build/program industrial-sized 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.

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FIRST Impact

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Mentors, Coaches, Judges, & Volunteers in 80+ countries
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Participants at annual FIRST Championship