What is 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 time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size 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.

Each FIRST Robotics Competition season culminates with district and regional events where qualifying teams compete for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship. Events offer students an amazing experience as they celebrate their hard work, have fun, make new friendships, and are exposed to ideas and ideology that will enhance their lives for decades to come. Every participant is eligible to apply for college scholarships!

Students develop a sense of accomplishment and confidence while they:

  • collaborate and share ideas,

  • compete with, repair, and upgrade their robots,

  • engage with cutting edge technology,

  • creatively solve problems,

  • interview with volunteer judges, and

  • have fun.