FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC): High school students on teams typically ranging from thirty to fifty members work with adult coaches and mentors to design, build, and program a robot to compete in a specific game, announced each January. The team has six weeks to construct a robot using a uniform kit of parts given to every team, commercial off-the-shelf components, and any parts they choose to fabricate. The completed robot must fit within a 38" by 28" frame and weigh no more than 120 pounds. Besides the competition robot, the team also competes for other awards such as the Safety, Spirit, and Engineering Innovation awards. At FIRST competitions the most prestigious honor is the Chairman's Award. Some schools report that participation in FRC boosts graduation and college enrollment rates.
Many members of Blue Cheese consider the FRC build and competition season their favorite part of the year. Working towards a common goal brings students closer together as a team and expands their skills and knowledge. The team is immensely proud of its FRC robot and uses it in demonstrations after the build season as a tool for outreach and education. Many teams, including Blue Cheese, operate year-round.
How can my child join a FRC team?
FIRST is more than robots! To find or start another team, check out the resources available on the FIRSTInspires website. They offer detailed information and contacts at the local and national level to answer your questions. If you attend Deep Run High School, you can join Blue Cheese. Talk to Coach Wilson in room H-12.
Destination: Deep Space is a space-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each, in which each alliance competes to load cargo into various places on the field. Robots score points by placing hatch panels on cargo ship and rocket, shooting balls into a high, medium, or low goals, and returning to the Habitat.
At the FIRST Chesapeake Richmond, VA tournament, the team earned the following honor:
- Chairman's award
At the FIRST Chesapeake Blacksburg, VA tournament, the team earned the following honor:
- Rockwell Automation: Innovation in Control Award
At the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship, the team earned the following honors:
- Judges' Award
- Dean's List Finalist