FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots. This year Robots complete tasks such as crossing obstacles (defenses), scoring balls (bolders) into goals and scaling a wall (tower). The game changes yearly to provide a fresh challenge. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. FRC is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST.
One of FRC’s core values is Gracious Professionalism which embraces the competition inherent in the program, but rejects trash talk and chest-thumping, instead embracing empathy and respect for other teams. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.
In 2015, the 24th year of competition, 2904 teams with roughly 73,000 students and 17,500 mentors from 19 countries built robots. They competed in 56 Regional Competitions, 48 District Qualifying Competitions, and 5 District Championships. 600 teams (including the GreengineerZ – Team 3452) won slots to attend the FIRST Championship, where they competed in a tournament. In addition to on-field competition, teams and team members compete for awards recognizing entrepreneurship, creativity, engineering, industrial design, safety, controls, media, quality, and exemplifying the core values of the program.