What is FIRST Robotics Competition?
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a competition where over 5,000 teams with over 68,000 students from grades 9-12 compete internationally by using robots that they design and build over the course of six weeks. Volunteer coaches and mentors help guide the students over this period, but the majority of the work is expected to be done by students. The robot is built with the kit of parts, which is provided by FIRST, and teams can purchase a select amount of other materials to make a roughly 120 lb robot. The program’s goals are to inspire an interest in the quickly growing science and technology (STEM) fields. However, being on the team doesn’t mean you have to build a robot, there is also a non-engineering side in which students can practice business skills and public relations.
FIRST promotes two immensely vital core values, Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition. As defined by FIRST, Gracious Professionalism “encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community,” and Coopertition is “displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.” These valuable workplace skills are practiced rigorously.
Teams can compete around the world in 54 regional events, 4 qualifying championships, and 40 district competitions. Qualifying teams have the chance to go to FIRST World Championships!
What do we do?
Students can participate in a variety of different ways on the team. Not only is there an engineering aspect, but there are business aspects to the team as well. The non-engineering side may include business, PR, digital media, or marketing.
During the six-week build season in the spring, students build a robot out of a common kit of parts that is provided by FIRST and are allowed to spend an extra $4,000 on materials.
Throughout the six week period during which students work on the robot, they will face many challenges, both about the robot and other students. Through this, the students have the perfect opportunity to learn how to work around such situations, situations they will almost certainly face as they enter the job force. This also develops the gracious professionalism, and cooperation that is ever so valuable to have while job hunting. It also gives time for students to make strong friendships with their team mates. Friendships that are longs lasting, easily formed, and hard to break.
Who is on the FRC team?
Any high school student from any school district may join the team! Students must display a desire to learn all about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and STEAM-related careers.
When and where do we meet?
1741 currently meets at Center Grove High School in the Project Lead the Way hallway. Updated meeting times can be seen on the calendar located in the navigation bar above.