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What is FIRST Robotics All About???

The purpose of the FIRST Robotics program is to provide a valuable hands-on learning experience and opportunity where our students integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to design, build, troubleshoot, and operate a robot to compete at local and national levels. The kids who choose to participate in this program will benefit by learning life skills and building self confidence. They will be inspired to become leaders and innovators.

There is a new game released at the beginning of each year.  A description of this years game is below.


In CHARGED UP, two competing alliances are invited to score two different types of game pieces. Each alliance scores game pieces in different nodes depending on piece type. Human players assist piece retrieval from within their substation area. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their charging station!


Each match begins with a 15-second autonomous period, during which time alliance robots operate only on pre-programmed instructions to score points by:

  •  leaving their community 

  •  scoring game pieces

  • Engaging with charge station 


In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the robots and score points by:

• Continuing to retrieve and score game pieces 

• Engaging with their charge station. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins!

Here is a Summary Cheat Sheet that shows the layout of the field and scoring:

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