The FIRST Robotics Competition is the flagship competition of FIRST. A large-scale robotics competition, FIRST Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.
In building their robot and doing all the other things that go with an FIRST Robotics Competition team, students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills, Gracious Professionalism, and others. In Australia, FIRST Robotics Competition teams compete at the Duel Down Under off-season events or official Regional competitions in Sydney or the USA.
A FIRST Robotics Competition team consists of high school students typically aged 14-18. These students have to work together to design, build, program and drive robots.
Helping them are their adult mentors including industry engineers, school teachers, university lecturers, university students, FIRST alumni and others. These mentors use their experience to teach, guide and shape the students through the FIRST Robotics Competition program.
For more information visit the official website here.
Lots of teams participate. Requires specialised knowledge and skills. Global round in the US is particularly competitive
Money required to buy parts, get training, travel for competitions
Specialised knowledge required
At least a few hours of training per week
Attend regionals and level up from there to nationals and global finals