FIRST Robotics Competition
We are excited to announce there will be the 1st WA Robotics Competition this year (2021) 21-22 August! Details are being confirmed but you can head to this Eventbrite page to get all you information and updates. To get involved or for further enquiries, email Tim Keely at T.Keely@curtin.edu.au.
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 the student has enjoyed the pre-season and wants 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. A WA Competition may be held in August.
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.