FIRST Robotics Competition

Garnet Squadron Orlando Regional 2014

About the FIRST Robotics Competition

“The varsity Sport for the Mind,” the FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of high school students are challenged to raise funds, design and implement 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  mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Students get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments throughout the Southeast
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $18 million in college scholarships

FIRST participants are much more likely to attend college, major in science and engineering fields, volunteer in their communities, secure internships, mentor other students, and become outstanding citizens.

Each year in the FIRST Robotics Competition a new game is released on the first weekend of January to all the teams around the world. Teams then have 6 weeks to design, prototype, fabricate, build, and test their robots. Teams not only have to build a robot, but they must also build strong buisness plans for team sustainability, strong relationships with the community, and also create a exciting and easily recognizable team brand. At the end of the six week build period the robot is then bagged and tagged until the date of the team’s first Regional or District event. South Carolina and much of the South East runs on the Regional system where multiple larger championship events take place, also South-Eastern Regional events have been known to hold an International draw as teams from Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Brazil regularly attend.

About FRC 4901

Garnet Squadron is a second year team in the FRC program. We competed in 2014 at the Palmetto and Orlando Regional events, taking home the gold in Orlando. Garnet Squadron meets at USC’s College of Engineering and Computing in their classrooms and shop spaces. Outside of the six-week FRC build season in January and February, we generally meet Thursday or Friday nights to work on new projects and training. During the FRC build season, we meet several nights per week to ensure we finish our robot in time! We travel to two regional competitions that run Thursday-Saturday; team members will need to make arrangements to attend.

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