FIRST Robotics Competition

What is the FIRST Robotics Competition?

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds.

Our experience


Two Alliances of three robots were to score in low or high goals with yoga balls. Robot Alliances were able to score additional points if the ball passed to another robot and even more if the pass was shot over a bar.

This was Team 5049’s first year at the First Robotics Competition, at the Las Vegas Regionals.


Two Alliance of three robots picked up storage totes and stacked them. The higher the stack that was created, the greater the points. Garbage cans were stacked on top of them for additional points. Pool noodles would be inserted in the cans for more points.

This was Team 5049’s second year to compete. The team created a robot that lifted up totes and stacked them using a pulley mechanism.



Two Alliances of three robots embarked on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots scored points by breaching their opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots could surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.

During this year, Team 5049 from Sunrise Mountain High School entered the regional competition once again in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team created a robot that was able to suck in balls and push the balls out of the same mechanism. The team used pneumatics for the first time and performed the best it ever had at this competition. The team placed 4th in the Las Vegas Regional. What a year!

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