FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
You can learn a lot about FRC at their website. There are videos and information about the competition, the valuable skills the students can learn, and even scholarships.
The busiest time for our team is during the competition season. Teams get the competition rules and parts in the first week in January and spend about 6 weeks designing and building their competition robot. Then the robot gets sealed and bagged for a few weeks when the competitions start. There are a variety of competitions, but we’ll start out 2014 with the regional competition. Winning teams then advance, ultimately to the worldwide finals, held here in St. Louis in March.
AERIAL ASSISTSM is played by two competing Alliances of three robots each on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.