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.

FRC Resources

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.

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 mick@nycfirst.org.

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! 

To get started with your volunteer journey, sign up on the FIRST website and follow the directions for Event Volunteering (search NYC in the ‘Event, City or Venue’ box to see the list of our events). If you need any assistance in signing up, please Contact Us.

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