FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. This is called FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
Learn to design, build, code, and drive a robot in six weeks! In order to participate in this world-changing experience, all you need is commitment and eagerness. No other skills are required!
The program is split into 4 seasons:
FRC Team 6636 is open to any student enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12. You will need parental permission if you are under 18 years old.
Members of FRC Team 6636 must commit to at least 5 hours a week starting in November of each year. From January to April, this time increases to about 10 hours a week.
FIRST Robotics Competition fees cost $2000 to register and $4000 for additional competition events. In order to offset these costs, members pay fees of $15 a month (or a reduced annual payment of $100). These payments cover team uniforms, transportation, food, robot parts, tools, and registration fees.
Learn the basics of 3D modeling and CAD software to design a robot and its systems.
Use tools to cut and fasten parts together, then use code to program robot mechanisms.
Join over 90,000 other high school students around the world in competitions to test out the robot you build.