Since it was founded in 2015, Robert College Robotics Team ARC has been competing in the robotics competition, FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) organized by FIRST Foundation. It has been achieving success in Off-season and Regional Rounds. Consisting of 23 students and 2 mentors, the team was finalist in 2018 Istanbul Regional by winning “Wildcard Award” held in Ülker Sports Arena. The team qualified for the FRC Championship in Houston, Texas.
This year, the team won the most prestigious “Engineering Inspiration” award in 2019 Bosphorus Regional and qualified for the Championship in Houston, Texas for the second time. FIRST Championship is a championship which hosts approximately 30.000 students and mentors around the world.
What Is FIRST?
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 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, with inspiration and assistance from physicist and MIT professor emeritus Woodie Flowers. 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.
For more information, visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/
What Is FRC?
The FIRST Robotics Competition is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST, the other three being FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, and the FIRST Tech Challenge.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg).
FIRST Robotics Competition has a unique culture, built around two values. “Gracious Professionalism” embraces the competition inherent in the program, but rejects trash talk and chest-thumping, instead embracing empathy and respect for other teams. “Coopertition” emphasizes that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.