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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, but each follows a similar basic premise.


Two competing alliances of three robots are invited to score different types of game pieces. The entire match usually takes 2 minutes and 30 seconds.


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


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 and score them in game elements.

During the final 30 seconds of the game there is usually an 'end game' element that gives alliances the chance for extra points and rank points. It often involves the robot climbing on some game feature.

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