About FIRST Robotics


The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.

The FIRST Robotics Competition stages short games played by remote-controlled robots. The robots are designed and built in 6 weeks (out of a common set of basic parts) by teams of high-school-aged young people with help from their engineer-mentors. FRC Regional competitions are typically held in sports arenas. They involve 40 to 70 teams cheered by thousands of fans over three days as the students pilot the robots on the field. A championship event caps the season. Awards are given to teams for robot performance, design, technology, sportsmanship and commitment to FIRST.

What is unique about the FRC program?

It is a sport where the participants play with the pros and learn from them
Participants get to design and build a full-size robot
Competing on stage brings participants as much excitement and adrenaline rush as conventional varsity tournaments
The game rules are a surprise every year
For more info, visit www.usfirst.org.

For information on FIRST in Pittsburgh, visit www.pittsburghfirst.org