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2019 Team 1493 Video

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2019 Game Animation Preview

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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 6-9, 2019, New York's Tech Valley region was again the home to a premier FRC event, located on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in the state-of-the-art East Campus Athletic Village Arena (ECAV). 36 teams, including competitors from Québec, Brazil and New York, gathered to compete in another exciting year of high-tech competition!

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Highlight Videos



March 6, 2019 - Troy, NY
Media Advisory: Local Students Explore the Challenges of Long-Distance Space Travel as they compete in the New York Tech Valley Regional 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

March 3, 2019 - Troy, NY
Building Robots in Troy: Local CBS affiliate WRBG interviews Paul Schoch about our event

February 14, 2019 - Troy, NY
Local Students Compete to Qualify for Global Robotics Championship at FIRST® Robotics Competition New York Tech Valley Regional Event

March 9, 2018 - Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute To Host Fifth Annual New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition March 15-17

March 16, 2017 - Troy, NY
STEM Stars: High School Students Showcase Engineering Excellence in FIRST® STEAMworksSM

March 16, 2017 - Troy, NY
Robot-building competition gets underway at RPI

March 9, 2017 - Troy, NY
Robot Madness: Local Students Demonstrate Engineering Excellence in FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Set to Host New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

January 20, 2017 - Troy, NY
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosts FIRST® Robotics Kickoff Event

January 7, 2017 - Manchester, NH
Details of FIRST STEAMWORKSSM 2017 Robotics Game Revealed

March 22, 2016 - Troy, NY
Local and Internationl High School Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement During NY Tech Valley FIRST® Robotics Competition

March 17, 2016 - Troy, NY
High School Students from Capital Region and Beyond Set to Showcase Design and Engineering Skills in FIRST® Robotics Competition

February 18, 2016 - Troy, NY
Local Students Demonstrate Engineering Excellence at "FIRST STRONGHOLDSM" Regional Robotics Event