The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international robotics contest organized by the FIRST Foundation for high school students every year. Teams try to build robots that are able to overcome tasks such as throwing, climbing, and steadfastly balancing on certain targets within a theme frame every year. The competition theme is determined by the FIRST Foundation every year. The FIRST Foundation provides specific parts for use in teams’ robots, but teams are free to produce and use different pieces as long as they comply with the competition rules. The new theme is announced at the beginning of January every year, and from that date on, there are six weeks to complete the teams’ autonomous and remote control robots.
The first FRC was held in New Hempshire in 1992 with the participation of 28 teams in a gym. In the 2014 season, the FRC has reached 2,700 knots in 17 countries and reaching 70,000 high school students. The countries represented so far in the FRC are the USA, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Australia, Turkey, China, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Chile, England, Taiwan, Singapore and BAE.