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The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

On March 15-17, 2018, New York's Tech Valley region will once again be home to premier a FRC event, located on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in the state-of-the-art East Campus Athletic Village Arena (ECAV). 31 teams, including competitors from Québec, Brazil and New York, will gather to compete in another exciting year of high-tech competition!

More about FIRST® and this event

This year's game challenge:
FIRST® POWER UPSM!

Watch this year's game animation!


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2017 Webcast Archive is available! Watch all the matches, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Speakers and Awards!

Watch the action-packed 2017 Highlight Video!








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