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The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

Every January, FIRST unveils the competition or “game” at an annual kick-off event that is simulcast to locations around the world. Teams receive a “kit” of common parts that are used to build the core systems of the robot, but they won’t find an instruction manual! Students work with hundreds of components, including engineering mainstays such as programmable radio controllers, motors, electrical circuitry and mechanical parts.

Following the six-week design and build phase, teams prepare for competitions in March and April.  Maryland teams compete in the FIRST Chesapeake District, aiming to qualify for the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship.

The FRC season culminates with the FIRST Championship, a three-day event in St. Louis, MO, attended by more than 20,000 students, families and friends.

Learn more at FIRST Robotics Competition.