FIRST® Robotics Competition
About the Program
Grades 9-12; ages 14-18
Dubbed the varsity Sport of the MindTM, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. With limited time and resources, teams of students, with the support of adult mentors, build and program robots to perform challenging tasks in competition with other teams. They raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork and presentation skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships.
Students get to:
- Learn from professional engineers
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
- Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments
Check Out the Current Challenge:
Renewable sources of energy are everywhere, all the time. Working together in the 2020 season of FIRST® Robotics Competition, INFINITE RECHARGESM, we can support boundless innovation and create a society that’s empowered, inspired, and hopeful. Kickoff and game reveal are January 4, 2020.
Join Team Resistance
24-year-old Team Resistance has transitioned from the home of the founding mentor, Todd Lovelace, to the Renaissance Jax shop where they have continued for the past two years. Last year’s team produced a world-class robot that was more capable than 98% of machines in play for the Destination Deep Space season.
Students are invited to pre-season shop sessions. Team tryouts will take place in late September, early October.
The cost for a FIRST Tech Challenge team ranges between $2,000 - $4,500. On average, the team size is between 4-15 young people.
The FIRST Tech Challenge season is September - January. If a team advances to the Florida State Championship, that event takes place in February.
FIRST Tech Challenge team grant information can be found on the FIRST Inspires website here.