FIRST® Robotics Competition

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of team sports with the rigors and ingenuity of science and technology. Providing teens with a face-paced competition, FRC is unrivaled in the world of robotics.

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With the fastest robots and the biggest crowds, the New York City FRC Regional is our flagship event, drawing thousands of participants and fans each year. While our NYC Regional event takes place in April, the excitement starts months earlier and really ramps up when the game is announced each January.  

Throughout the FRC season, young people are developing technical skills, growing in their ability to provide and learn from peer support, and learning from supportive mentors.  Under strict rules, limited time and resources, 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.

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Team Registration for the CHARGED UP season is currently closed.

The New York & Hudson Valley Regional for the CHARGED UP season will take place from Wednesday, April 5 to Saturday, April 8, 2023 at The Armory Track & Field Center (216 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY). More information about the event will be available at a later date.

The NYC FIRST STEM Centers will be open all season for FIRST teams to drop in. Visit us during STEM Center Open Hours to learn how to fabricate custom parts using our CNC router, 3D printer, laser cutter, and more. You can also meet other FRC teams at the space and learn from each other! Hours and availability for the NYC FIRST STEM Center at Cornell Tech can be found here.
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A note from your Lead Robot Inspector

  • Please make sure you update your roboRIOs, FRC Driver Station software, and Rev Pneumatics Hubs are updated to the latest versions. This will save a lot of time during inspections if you do it at home/school versus in the pits.
  • Once load-in is over, you cannot bring in any more parts and you cannot work on any parts when pits close. This means if you bring in robot parts after load-in, or if you 3D print parts after pits close, your robot will be put into timeout.
  • Make sure your batteries are well-secured in your robot; if I were to pull up on the battery, your robot should come with it at least a little bit. Don't want any batteries flopping out onto the field!
  • Please make sure none of your electrical or pneumatic components are modified past what the rules allow (R710 and R803 respectively).
  • For teams where this is your first event of the year, just be sure you have a robot signal light on your robot easily visible, and that your main breaker and pneumatic dump valve are easily accessible!  

    If you have any questions, come to the inspection desk when pits open and I'll be there wearing a fishing vest and holding a stuffed animal!

Tools, Equipment & Electric usage in Pits & Stands

Pits are 9ft x 10ft.

There is no limit to the number of students allowed in each pit, but we ask that teams be mindful to not crowd the aisles in the pit areas. COVID is still around and we want to ensure everyone's healthy and safe.

⚙ Tools allowed through the front door include Leathermans and multi-tools. A multi-tool is a handful of small tools that all fit into the guest's own swiss-army knife-like case. They often include knives, screwdrivers, small pairs of scissors, and pliers. Pocket knives will not be allowed in through the front doors.

⚙ Modifying parts at night offsite (e.g. pits have closed and you bring a MECHANISM back to the hotel to fix it) is a violation of R15-C.

⚙ No charging of batteries overnight is permitted.

⚙ Team Equipment-Drill presses and band saws

⚙ Teams are allowed to bring their own power tools, such as drill presses and band saws. A Machine shop is available for teams to utilize.

Electrical Outlets And Cord Usage
⚙ Each team is limited to 1 plug strip off of the primary circuit.

⚙ No daisy chaining of electrical connections will be permitted (ie cannot plug strips into strips and cannot use plug adapters.

⚙ All cords must be in good condition, not electrical taped. (These electrical rules are national electric code rules, they are also OSHA Regulations as well as fire code requirements.)

⚙ Power strips must have a minimum of 15 – 20ft cords and be surge protected.

⚙ All cords must be taped down.

⚙ Teams are not allowed to use electrical cords, extension cords, power strips in the stands for laptops, cameras, etc.

⚙ NYC FIRST will set up power strips totaling outlets for teams to use. Power strips will be zip tied and must remain in place.

ConEdison Machine Shop
Teams will have access to the Con Edison machine shop on for machining & welding support.

Thursday, April 6, 2023 from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, April 7, 2023 from 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Machine Shop capabilities:
Hand tools, manual knee mill, engine lathe, band saw, MIG welding, TIG welding, surface/ cylindrical grinding, composites shop, electronics workstation.

Food Information ↓

Concession will be available on all days. Please check back for the menu.

Nearby Food Options
651 W 169th Street
(551) 304-7773

Prestige Cafe & Deli
228 Fort Washington Ave
(914) 359-3928

4009 Broadway
(551) 303-7351

Cafe Prime & Buffet
4041 Broadway
(914) 278-7717

Poke Station
4053 Broadway
(551) 210-4654

Jade Garden
4028 Broadway Ave
(201) 482-7828
Lunch Order Form

Load-In / Load-Out Information ↓

The Pits will be open for load-in on:
Wednesday, April 5 from 6pm to 8pm and
Thursday, April 6 from 7:45am to 9am

Teams that are loading in on Wednesday are allowed to fully load in and set up their pits as long as they have exited the pits by 8PM. The Wednesday load-in period ends 8:00PM and all team members must exit the building by this time.

For those who do not load in on Wednesday evening, they can load in at 7:45 on Thursday morning.

Each team’s pit area must be in a safe state when the team leaves after load-in.

Teams who prefer may load-in on Friday morning should make every effort to arrive prior to 8:30AM to avoid delays.

For all the International teams that need batteries please indicate on the Load-in Survey and for those teams that will have extra batteries to loan out for the International teams please indicate on the Load-in survey form and how many you can loan out.​​

Any structures erected in the pits must be within the ​9​’ x 10’ pit footprint.
Each pit must be in a safe configuration when team members complete their pit set up.

Accomodations / Hotels ↓





Directions ↓

Armory Track
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Directions By Car/Bus
From Westchester County and Tappan Zee Bridge
Saw Mill Parkway South merges to Hudson River Parkway. After you go under the GW Bridge, take exit 14/15 to Riverside Drive south. Turn left at 165th Street. Go up hill and take first left onFort Washington. Armory is on the right after the first traffic light.

From New England
I-95 south. As you approach the George Washington Bridge, get to the right as the highwaysplits. Take the 181st Street exit, the LAST exit before the bridge. Exit onto 181st Street and takea right at the light. Go up hill 3 blocks and take a right onto Fort Washington Avenue. Go 12 blocks. The Armory is on the left at 168th Street.

From New Jersey and Points South
Take the New Jersey Turnpike North, following signs to the George Washington Bridge. As you near the bridge (after passing the Meadowlands), follow yellow signs that say "express" to Bridge. Take the upper level of the Bridge. Once at the bridge and past the $4.00 toll, get to theright lane and exit at 178th Street. Go through one light and make a right at the next light onto Broadway. Go 10 blocks south and make a right onto 168th Street. Go one block west to FortWashington Avenue. The Armory entrance is at 168th and Fort Washington.

From Brooklyn and West Side Manhattan
Take the West Side Highway (Henry Hudson Parkway) north. Take Exit 15 to Riverside Drive, going south. Go to the 2nd light on Riverside and take a left onto 165th Street. Go up hill andtake first left on Fort Washington. Armory is on the right after the first traffic light.

Directions to Armory Track & Field with public transportation
The following transit lines have routes that pass near Armory Track & Field:
MTA Bus:
BX7, M2, M3, M4, M5, M100
MTA Train:
A, C
Metro North Railroad:
HUDSON to MARBLE HILL. Walk (about 2 blocks) to NYCT Marble Hill-225 Street station and take 1 train toward South Ferry to 168 St-Washington Heights station.

Street Parking
Street parking adjacent to the Armory is available and requires feeding a meter. Two good options are Riverside Drive just south of 165th Street or the parking lot at 165th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.

Central Parking Systems
115-143Fort Washington Ave,
New York, New York 10032

SP + Parking
4172 Broadway
New York New York 10033

Stay tuned for new technical resources from FIRST, including videos on how to wire a robot, and a bumper guide to help teams throughout the season.

Stop by the NYC FIRST STEM Center at Cornell Tech for technical assistance with your robot. Hours and availability can be found here.

Stay tuned for judging resources from our STEM Centers or othe NYC teams! If your team has a judging resource they would like to share, please email

Each year hundreds of individuals give their time, energy, and creativity to help bring the NYC FIRST experience to thousands of youth across the city. Volunteers, like you, are essential to making our programs possible. Our volunteers have the unique opportunity, either as a judge or referee, to watch our young participants learn, invent, and compete, all while having a lot of fun at the competitions! 

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