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What is FRC® - FIRST® Robotics Competition

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) is an international high school robotics game playing competition. These competitions games change every year requiring a new robot build each year. This combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Many high-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” The robotics season start in January and ends in May. 

Reveal Day: Each year, thousands of teams worldwide, like Phoenix Robotics, participate in a FIRST® FRC® league. On the first Saturday in January (Reveal Day) the game is revealed to all of the FRC® participating teams at the same time. While each team purchases a standard set of game rules and a kit of parts via tournament registration, these parts and rules are not a manual or a robot kit. They just provide instructions on how the game is played, what the robot needs to accomplish, and provide a few parts that the teams may choose to use for their robot.

Build Season: Starts on the first Saturday in January and goes for six weeks. Each FRC® team such as Phoenix Robotics, is given only 6 weeks to design, build, and program a game-playing robot that weighs up to 120 pounds (54kg). The games change yearly, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field. Defending on the year's game, robots are built to complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, climb, etc.  After the 6 weeks build season is over, the robots are bagged and stored until their competition. 

FRC® allows the teams to add 20 pounds to the compitition robot, only after the robot is checked in and un-bagged at the tournament. To continue the learning, most teams build two exact robots. One robot for competition that is bagged until competition and another exact robot for community demonstrations, drive practice and to work on modifications that could be added to the competition robot later.

Tournaments: FRC® Tournaments run from February - May each year. Phoenix Robotics plans to attend two FRC® tournament each year and if qualified, attend the FIRST ® FRC® World Championships. Off-Season Tourmants begin in August and end in November.