FIRST Robotics Competition

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. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts as long as they conform to FIRST safety rules. Game details are revealed at the beginning of January and the teams 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.

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.

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