FIRST® Robotics

Since 2004 Haywire Robotics has been part of the FIRST® Robitic's program Last Updated: 1/17/2020 2:48 AM


FIRST Robotics Competition

What is a FIRST® Robotics Competition?
FIRST® Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call 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 resources, and an intense six-week time limit, 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.
The positive impact on FIRST Robotics Competition participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in doing well in school and 92% are more interested in attending college. See links on impact resources & infographic to the right.

First Robotics competitions Teams get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Master STEM skills
  • Learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
  • Earn a place at the FIRST® Championship
  • Qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships
FIRST® Scholarships
Through FIRST®, students can qualify for over 80 million dollars in college scholarships! See link to the right for scholarship information.

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In INFINITE RECHARGE℠, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids, race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to get their Shield Generator operational in order to protect the city!

During the 15 second Autonomous Period, droids follow pre-programmed instructions. Alliances score points by:

  • Scoring Power Cells in the Power Port
  • Moving from the Initiation Line

In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the droids. Alliances scores points by:

  • Continue to score Power Cells in the Power Port
  • Completing Rotation Control
  • Completing Position Control
  • Hanging from the Generator Switch
  • Getting the Generator Switch to the level position

The Alliance with the highest score at the end of the Match wins.