2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

Founded in 1989, the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigours of science and technology.

Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand”, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Focus points

  • Challenges are released in January and change each year. Teams are not permitted to use any fully assembled robot part they built prior to the commencement of the challenge.
  • Teams are required to complete the building of their robots by mid-February, giving them six weeks to brainstorm, design, prototype, build, program and learn to drive their robot.
  • The robots themselves can be up to 2m tall and weigh anywhere below 54kg.
  • The process of constructing the robot along with the other tasks performed throughout the FIRST® Robotics Competition team, students learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills, Gracious Professionalism®, and more.

What the students do

The FIRST® Robotics Competition gives students
the opportunity to:

  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
  • Learn from professional engineers.
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments with students from around the world.
  • Earn a place in the Asia-Pacific Finals (Sydney) and World Championships (USA).
  • Learn real life engineering practices.
  • Qualify for over $26 million in university scholarships.

Team history


  • Regional winners of the South Pacific Regional (5663)
  • Regional Engineering Inspiration Award (5663)
  • Competed in the Houston, TX World Championships (5663)


  • Regional Engineering Inspiration Award (5663).
  • Competed in the Houston, TX World Championships.


  • Part of the Runner Up Alliance (5333).
  • 4th and 5th place finishes (5333 and 5663).
  • Regional Engineering Inspiration Award (5333).
  • Industrial Design Award (5663).
  • Competed in the St. Louis World Championships.


  • Founded Team 5663 Ground Control.


  • Founded Team 5333 Can’t C#.
  • Inspiration Award (5333).
  • Assisted/adopted Team 5322 Southern River Resistors.


  • Founding team in Western Australia – Team 4788 Ace of Spanners.
  • Rookie All-Star Award (4788) and was part of the winning alliance (4788).
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