2020/21 FIRST Robotics Competition

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.

FRC is resource intensive and is a challenging project to undertake.

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.

It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Check out last year’s Curtin FRC journey here.

FRC Timeline

  • September students aged from 13 to 18 years of age register to participate in the FRC Pre-season training at Curtin.
  • Pre-season $200 (new members) (discount for veteran members): 
    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.
    Dates: below – sessions run 10am-3pm at Curtin University Bentley Campus
    • Sat 26 September
    • Sat 3 October
    • Sat 10 October
    • Sat 17 October
    • Sat 24 October
    • Sat 31 October
    • Sat 14 November
    • Sat 21 November
  • Mid-December – students then make a commitment to the upcoming build season (early January to late Feb, Mon-Fri 9-5pm during school holidays)
  • Build Season $300 (all members)
    If student have enjoyed the pre-season and want to continue to the real thing, then the build season is 6.5 weeks applying all those skills.  This video gives a good overview.  There is no requirement to continue on to the Build Season after completing the Pre-season.
    Dates: 2 January – 18 February 2021, 6 weeks, Mon-Fri 9-5.
  • late-February – “Boxing Evening” – our VIP event where we unveil the robots to family, friends and sponsors.
  • mid- March – (Covid-dependant) Teams travel to Sydney to compete in the Asia-Pacific Regional.  This normally costs each student around $1600.
  • mid-April – If successful in Sydney (as we have been three times previously) we have the opportunity to compete in the US finals in Houston, Texas.  This costs about $3500 per student.
  • May – Wind-up event for family, friends and sponsors.

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.
  • 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).

If you are interested in joining the Curtin FRC Team, you can register for the Pre-season training sessions here.   This pre-season is a requirement if you want to participate in the official Build Season.

Team history


  • Keen to get back on the horse!!



  • 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.


  • 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).
Outreach robotics competition participants
Outreach robotics competition participants


FIRST Robotic Competition Sponsors