2019/20 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 Cycle

  •  August – students aged from 13 to 18 years of age register their interest in participating in FRC at Curtin.
  • September 28th – participants in the 2019/20 Season pay the $350 season fee.
  • September 14, 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9 and 16 : THese 9 Saturdays are the pre-season training. Students these sessions at Curtin to learn about CAD, programming, mechanical engineering and media skills.  Attendance for all of these sessions is strongly encouraged for skills as well as team-building.
  • mid-December (post training) – those students still keen then make a commitment to the upcoming build season.
  • January 4th 2020 – The annual challenge is released globally.  Teams are not permitted to use any fully assembled robot part they built prior to the commencement of the challenge. See the 2019/20 Challenge here.   They have six weeks to brainstorm, design, prototype, build, program and learn to drive their robot.
  • mid-February – Teams complete the building of their robots.
  • late-February – “Boxing Evening” – our VIP event where we unveil the robots to family, friends and sponsors.
  • mid- March – Teams travel to Sydney to compete in the Asia-Pacific Regional.  This normally costs each student around $1500.
  • 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 2019/20 Curtin FRC Season starting in September 2019, you can register your interest here.

Team history

2019/20

2018/19

  • Regional Finalists of the South Pacific Regional (Team 5663)
  • Woodie Flowers Mentor Award – Jaci Brunning

2017/18

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

2016/17

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

2015/16

  • 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.

2014/15

  • Founded Team 5663 Ground Control.

2013/14

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

2012/13

  • 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
Outreach robotics competition participants
Outreach robotics competition participants

Sponsors

FIRST Robotic Competition Sponsors