April 25-28, 2012, the FIRST Championship will be held at the Edward Jones Dome, in St Louis, Missouri. It is the culmination of the season's FIRST programs, bringing together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. My son's team acheived the 3rd and 4th places in all over the world in 2010 and 2011.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Each year, teams of high school students compete to build robots weighing up to 120 pounds (54 kg), not including battery and bumpers that can complete a task, which changes every year. Teams are given a standard set of parts and the game details at the beginning of January and are given six weeks to construct a competitive robot, that can operate autonomously as well as when guided by wireless controls, to accomplish the game's tasks.
Every year, a different game is played. However, many game rules do not change from year to year and the competitive structure has not changed significantly since the competition started. Teams are randomly assigned alliances of 3 teams, which are paired into qualification matches, where they earn 'qualifying points', the calculation of which changes each year. The game changes every year, but for the most part, they involve some autonomous (computer controlled) robot operation for 10–15 seconds at the beginning of a match, followed by a much longer period (usually 2 minutes) of remote control. Teams use scoring objects on the field to get points, and they sometimes get bonus points for achieving tasks such as ending with the robot on a platform, behind a certain line, or even hanging from a field structure.
FIRST Championship is a two-and-a-half-day robotics championship held annually in April. For several years, the event was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, but beginning in 2011, and at least through 2013, it will be held at the Edward Jones Dome, in St Louis, Missouri. The event comprises three competitions, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival. FIRST Championship is normally held in conjunction with FIRST Robotics Conference which covers a wide variety of topics in science, technology, engineering, and robotics fields.
FRC is a six-week competition program for high-school students to build 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 54 kg) robots that can complete a task that changes every year using standard set of parts. FTC is a mid-level competition program for high-school aged students with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. FLL is a competition program for elementary and middle school students. Teams for each program complete in tournaments at state and regional level. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship.
In 2010, the 19th year of competition, 1,808 high school teams with roughly 45,000 students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico were involved. In 2011, 2,075 teams participated in competitions in the United States, Canada, and Israel.
FIRST 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.
FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students get to:
Design, build, and program robots
Apply real-world math and science concepts
Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments Earn a place in the World Championship
Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships
How can you go to a conpetetion?
Step 1: Learn about the FTC experience
Step 2: Enlist Coaches/Mentors
Step 3: Build your Team
Step 4: Register your Team
Build and Practice Season
Some interesting Robot websites:
Please watch how Robot fold towel:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy5g33S0Gzo&feature=player_embedded