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.
- Work alongside professional engineers.
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
- Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.
- Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.
- Earn a place in the Championship.
- Qualify for over $16 million in college scholarships.
2018 Sneak Peek: FIRST® Power Up
Be part of the more than 3,600 teams in 2018 comprised of 90,000 students and their adult mentors from around the world who will get to “play for real” in FIRST® POWER UPSM
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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