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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 like of engineers and researchers can be.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time-frame using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions. There are over $9 million in schollarship opportunities available to accomplished team members from nationally acclaimed academic associations and universities.

FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.

www.usfirst.org official website for the united states

www.12voltbolt.com website for my team #1557

Step 1: Why you should join a team

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Our world is changing very rapidly; today's youth must be prepared for the workforce of tomorrow. More prepared students lead to increased industry coming to the united states which makes for a better community where students can raise their future families, and not have to leave the area.

you might be worried about people calling you a "geek" or "nerd" but they are just missing out on all the opportunities that you will have there is over 9 million dollars in schollarships vailable!

www.chiefdelphi.com (a great forum with lots of info)

and just think you could be building a super awsome robot instead of sitting inside playing video games and getting fat!

dammyen1 year ago
MisCar 1574 to show that the FIRST community is alive and kicking outside the USA..

Mentor - www.miscar1574.com
thebeef23 years ago
Go Wildstang!!! Team 111
I met your mentor, Al, last year at St. Louis. One of the nicest guys I have ever talked to.
My team is 1676, the Pascack Pi-oneers.
Hope everyone is having a good season! Anyone going to St. Louis for the World Championships next week? I'll see you there!
Derpancakes3 years ago
Team 2838 Eaglebots are clearly the best with our Yoshipotamous......... http://www.2838eaglebots.webs.com/
hintss4 years ago
we sucked. our robot literally fell apart during the round...
ouch dude. best thing to do is rebuild it and learn from mistakes
jcksparr0w3 years ago
woohoo someone smart does it again! i always wondered if there was a instructable for this. kudos for getting more people to join us robot geeks!
GO TEAM 1519!!!!!
Aron3133 years ago
I love robotics. i wish i lived in Florida!
cfilloux3 years ago
Go Team 751!!!
pconrader3 years ago
I'm a mentor for FRC Team 1557 and FTC 5012. Our program is still going strong and we are always looking for new members. We compete in FIRST robotics competitions. We also participate in community outreach programs on a regular basis.

One of the biggest misconceptions about robotics is that you have to be super smart and interested in robotics or computers to be a member. Fact is, our mentors and students work with new members to show them how the program works. We need team members that are interested in areas such as website design, computer graphics, marketing, creative writing, social media, videography, public relations, leadership, project management, computer programming, engineering, electrical wiring, and mechanics.

The environment of FIRST Robotics is like no other extra curricular activity or sport. You learn through hands-on experience. You also get to work in a setting that is similar to corporate america. You work with deadlines and have to depend on team mates to complete a challenge so you can compete against other teams.

If you are a high school student living in Lake County, Florida and think you have what it takes to be a member of our team, we invite you to join our FIRST Robotics team.
bovlch4 years ago
Team 3492 Robogens. We had extremely aggressive defense because if our main driver being a senior football player. This got us picked in the #1 seeding alliance in Pittsburgh and our alliance went on to win the finals. Worlds was amazing, especially considering that we were a rookie team.
Almost everything's better smaller.
Team 422! 2nd at trenton last year!
Argon275 years ago
 W00t! Rookie team #3189! Go Circuit Breakers! Best of luck to you all in Breakaway! XD Hey are you okay if I work on expanding this into how to start an FRC team?
mattccc5 years ago
go team 2826
altoids35725 years ago
team 537, sussex, WI. hamilton high school!!
J-Manoo75 years ago
hey from team 3486 FTC Brandon, MS!
Team 399!
0xCyrusx05 years ago
Informative. Member of team 2328 here.
props from team # 2129,  Team Ultraviolet, Southwest High, Minneapolis, MN.
besttarzan6 years ago
Hey I'm from team 1289, the GearHeadz (yes i know there are a few other teams called gearheads but i think, I'm not sure, we are the only one that spells it with a "z" at the end) in Lawrence, MA. You should try to check your spelling in this instructable. But overall its a good instructable.
BEAST146 years ago
Hey, this is cool, I'm on team 1959. We're from Blythewood, SC.
Or you could join your school's robotics club


robotics club will never be as cool as FIRST.
No no no, you're doing it wrong!

Robotics team! TEAM! Not club, TEAM! That makes your club like x100 cooler (and productive... Maybe).
im saying that FIRST (made of 1000+ robotics teams) is better than "robotics club"
Oh... Yeah, you're right. I thought your "club" needed a quick rebranding... Clubs require pizza. Teams require commitment AND Pizza.
how true good sir, how true
idy266 years ago
No No No, you've got it all wrong. 949 has been around longer and should therefore be hailed. GO BELLEVUE WOLVERINES!
taracor idy266 years ago
Dude, yes!, You guys rule!
idy26 taracor6 years ago
Thank you
taracor7 years ago
You guys go to Portland last year? (#360 in WA)
Hi 360! -from team 753!
Hey! Did we possibly see you guys in Atlanta this year?
yup yup! we hung out with a few of your members during the saturday night thing too.
JZ Price6 years ago
im on team 1980, and this was my last year. this was the first year that i had responcibleitys, and this was the first year that i realy cared, i will miss being a student in such a great program. i will try to mentor, but i don't see how i will ever have the same amount of time that i have in the last year to commit to this.
Xerillum6 years ago
All hail team 1306!
Good job I am on a FIRST team currently (team 306) and good job trying to get kids to join FRC and FLL
The Sensei6 years ago
I'e been in FIRST for three years now and I have to say that it is just too awesome! I'm from team 1990 and to any others on FIRST teams, we'll be at the Buckeye and Pittsburgh regionals this year. Go Emerald Calvary!!!
Two years ago I went to a FIRST Robotics Competition. My school does robotics, and I was in it. It was the AWESOMENESS thing ever! I quit after that, but next school year I'm going to join back in again. My team is Team 675!
junits156 years ago
i was on the F.I.R.S.T Lego leauge it was so fun
baconmanx96 years ago
great instructable, very informative and good for recruiting people. its a great program, just not many people know about it Im part of team #103 cybersonics just finished the new beta control system and were demonstrating them at the newbrunswick eruption
skyrunner06 (author)  baconmanx96 years ago
i remember you guys blue and silver right? we broke your forks at the Florida regional! in the quarter finals
aw, well get u back this year, lol. yea what team are u? were pretty good 7th best in the world. plus longest regional winning streak in philly. you guys experimenting with the new beta controls?
skyrunner06 (author)  baconmanx96 years ago
1557 12voltbolt we have gotten to the quarter finals every year... no we are not we dident have the time to devote to it
kool, they are pretty sick. but yea its time consuming, and the FRC have not presented us with the proper legal documents to continue with the camera.. they should not have released them yet.. im just looking forward to the new game
agent6 years ago
Team 93, N.E.W. Apple Corp. :P We won Minnesota regional lasts year.
DarkStarPDX7 years ago
Are there any organizations or club groups for people no longer in college? I'm 27 and would love to get into a group to participate in robotics competitions like these, but I haven't had any luck finding local groups (via Craigslist, etc).
darpa grand challenge its not super similiar to first but its pretty frigging cool
skyrunner06 (author)  DarkStarPDX7 years ago
first id for high school age students but you could always become a mentor for a team
budsiskos7 years ago
how can we raise money for entering a team. 6000 is a lot for anyone, even 25 people working together
you get a sponsor lots of places are happy to sponsor a first team youve just gotta look around a bit ask local places.
I'm going to be starting FIRST soon and I've done FLL for two years, and I was wondering if the FIRST program had the research part like the FLL competition does?
skyrunner06 (author)  znipermonkey7 years ago
what do you mean
In FLL you have the topic (last season was alternative energy) that you have to research and then present your information to judges. Does the standard FIRST still have the research or is it focused solely on the robotics?
skyrunner06 (author)  znipermonkey7 years ago
you do not have to in FRC(first robotics competition) but your team can do many different things like the chairmans award etc..
EnigmaMax7 years ago
what does F.I.R.S.T stand for?
skyrunner06 (author)  EnigmaMax7 years ago
for inspiration of science and technology
... there is no "R" though...
skyrunner06 (author)  EnigmaMax7 years ago
ispiration and recognition
skyrunner06 (author) 7 years ago
go to www.usfirst.org to find out how to start a team and raise money
Argon277 years ago
I wanted to start a team in my school Union Mine but there is an incredible amount of work behind it.
twisted7 years ago
First rocked, being the lead programmer/one of the lead builders on our team was alot of work. but still alot of fun. FIRST is a awsome thing.
Spectrace7 years ago
nice instrucable. I just skimmed it since i know the process. Im on team 1626 St Joes HS from Metuchen, NJ. You may have seen our robot in footage from the 2007 Boston Regional and Palmetto Regional. We came so close to winning the championship in both regionals.
mrbob10007 years ago
Im on team 2377 from pasadena md