About the FIRST Robotics Competition

 The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is the flagship competition of FIRST. An annual large-scale “industrial” robotics competition for high-school students, FRC brings together students and mentors to design, build, and program robots to take part in a grueling game that changes each year.

FRC robots are controlled by human drivers, are up to 2 meters tall and weigh as much as 50 kgs!

FRC games are played on an 8 x 16m field, with drivers sometimes at opposite end of the field to their creations! Each match is played by Alliances of three teams each, with Alliance members changing randomly between matches.

In addition to building a robot, FRC teams have to develop in other areas: business skills, multimedia, teamwork, graphic design, marketing, and web design are just a few examples!

Regardless of the program, Gracious Professionalism® is the driving force behind each FIRST team. The concept takes Good Sportsmanship and takes it a step further:

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.