FIRST Robotics Competition
What is it?
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is an awe-inspiring STEM Outreach project which 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. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
In 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 does it involve?
Students aged from 13 to 18 years of age first register to participate in the FRC Pre-season training at Curtin. FRC Pre-season training runs for 8 days in September/November and costs around $200. It is designed to teach students a variety of applicable skills in Mechanical, CAD (Computer-Aided Design), Programming and Media through working in small groups on a variety of different projects.
If student have enjoyed the pre-season and want to continue to the real thing, they then make a commitment to the upcoming Build Season. The Build Season runs for 6.5 weeks through early January to late February and costs around $300. There is no requirement to continue on to the Build Season after completing the pre-season, however, all students wishing to complete the Build Season must first complete the pre-season.
In late February, students participate in a “Boxing Evening” – a VIP event where the robot in unveiled to family, friends and sponsors.
In mid-March, teams travel to Sydney to compete in the Asia-Pacific Regional competition (Covid- dependent). This costs around $1600 per student.
If successful in Sydney (as we have been three times previously), teams have the opportunity to compete in the US finals in Houston, Texas in mid-April. This costs about $3500 per student.
Finally, the season ends with a wind-up event in May for family, friends and sponsors.
Why get involved?
The FIRST® Robotics Competition gives students the opportunity to develop skills and gain new experiences including:
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware.
- Learn from professional engineers.
- Learn real life engineering practices.
- Develop media content, sponsorship proposals, and business plans.
- 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).
- Regional Finalists of the South Pacific Regional (Team 5663)
- Woodie Flowers Mentor Award – Jaci Brunning
- 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.