FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®)

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 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.

2020 Game: INFINITE RECHARGE℠

This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE℠, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. Together, we RISE.

The 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition season will officially kickoff in January 2020.

2019 Season

FRC Teams / Season Management

FRC Season Calendar

2019 Game: DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE℠

In DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, Presented By The Boeing Company, we join two competing ALLIANCES collecting samples on Planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote ROBOT operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the ALLIANCES must gather as many CARGO pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next SANDSTORM arrives.

T-minus 2:30: A SANDSTORM limits DRIVER visibility so ROBOTS independently follow preprogrammed instructions or are operated by human DRIVERS via video from their stations. ALLIANCES score points by:

  1. Deploying ROBOTS from Habitat (HAB)
  2. Preparing ROCKETS and CARGO SHIP with HATCH PANELS
  3. Loading CARGO pods into their ROCKETS and CARGO SHIP

T-minus 2:15: The SANDSTORM clears, and human operators take control of their ROBOTS. ALLIANCES continue to score points by:

  1. Preparing ROCKETS and CARGO SHIP with HATCH PANELS
  2. Loading more CARGO pods
  3. Returning the ROBOT safely to the ALLIANCE’s HAB

0:00: ROCKET liftoff

The ALLIANCE with the highest score at the end of the MATCH wins.

Game & Season Materials

2019 Events

Previous FRC Seasons

Archived FRC Game Documentation

Additional Information

David Berggren, Senior Regional Director of California, dberggren@usfirst.org,
619-993-1507

Kimberly Beals, Southern California Regional Director, kbeals@firstinspires.org

Cassie McIntyre, Director of Corporate Partnerships - Southern California, cmcintyre@firstinspires.org

Ric Roberts, Los Angeles Regional FRC Organizing Committee Chairman, RTRoberts@raytheon.com

Ramon Machado, Orange County Regional Co-Chair

George Chen, Orange County Regional Co-Chair, gchen605@gmail.com

Mark Lampert, Los Angeles FIRST Senior Mentor, mlampert@firstinspires.org

Richard Sisk, Southern California FIRST Senior Mentor, rsisk@firstinspires.org