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.


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2018 Season

FRC Teams / Season Management

FRC Season Calendar


FIRST POWER UP℠, the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, includes two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances are working to defeat the boss in order to escape!

Each three-team alliance prepares to defeat the boss in three ways:

  1. Control the Switches and the Scale. Robots collect Power Cubes and place them on Plates to control Switches or the Scale. When the Scale or their Switch is tipped in their favor, it is considered owned by that Alliance. Alliances work to have Ownership for as much time as possible.
  2. Earn Power Ups. Robots deliver Power Cubes to their humans who then place them into the Vault earning the Alliance Power Ups. Alliances use Power Ups to gain a temporary advantage during the Match. There are three Power Ups available to teams: Force, Boost, and Levitate.
    • Force gives the alliance ownership of the Switch, Scale, or both for a limited period of time
    • Boost doubles the rate points are earned for a limited period of time
    • Levitate gives a robot a free climb
  3. Climb the Scale. Robots Climb the Scale in order to be ready to Face The Boss.

Autonomous Period:
Robots operate independently from preprogrammed instructions for the first 15 seconds. Alliances score points for:

  • Crossing the Auto Line
  • Switch Ownership
  • Scale Ownership

Teleoperated Period:
Operators take control for the final two minutes and fifteen seconds. Alliances continue to score points for:
  • Switch Ownership
  • Scale Ownership
  • Power Cube in Vault
  • Boost Power Up Bonus
  • Parked on Platform
  • Successful Climb

The Alliance with the highest score at the end of the match is best prepared to face the boss and wins

Game & Season Materials

2018 Events

Previous FRC Seasons

Archived FRC Game Documentation

Additional Information

David Berggren, Senior Regional Director of California,,

Kimberly Beals, Southern California Regional Director,

Cassie McIntyre, Director of Corporate Partnerships - Southern California,

Ric Roberts, Los Angeles Regional FRC Organizing Committee Chairman,

Ramon Machado, Orange County Regional Co-Chair

George Chen, Orange County Regional Co-Chair,

Mark Lampert, Los Angeles FIRST Senior Mentor,

Richard Sisk, Southern California FIRST Senior Mentor,