FIRST® Robotics Competition

Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind™ (FRC®) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

2019 FIRST® Launch | Destination: Deep Space

For 30 years, FIRST® has inspired millions of young people to reach for the stars.

On January 5th, nearly 100,000 high-school students on 3,790 teams at 146 venues around the globe joined the 2019 Kickoff via live  broadcast.  Destination Deep Space is a theme geared to expanding imaginations in a new generation.  Teams have just six weeks to design, build and test their robots before the competitions commence on February 27th.

FIRST's Impact

Since 2011, the ECIA Foundation has coordinated the donation by our members of millions of electronic components needed for the completion of over 3,500 Kit of Parts. In addition, members have supported the competitions by sponsoring regional events, encouraging their employees to get involved and featuring local teams at company events. These donations of funding, mentoring and public relations have reduced the cost of assembling the team kits and promoted awareness of this important competition.


Join the ECIA Tech Challenge - Submit a Team Tool!

The ECIA Foundation is providing a website resource page for FIRST®  teams to provide tool files ready to be downloaded and 3-D printed.

We need your help!

Does your company have enthusiasts able to submit other useful tool files? Are you coaching a team that has ideas about what resources they need? This would be an excellent opportunity to brand your company on a team tool. ECIA will spread the word about the resource page and drive awareness of the companies involved.  Contact Debbie Conyers for details.

Read more about FIRST Robotics Competition.

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