FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) (grades 9-12)
Find your local FRC team: https://firstmap.github.io/
FRC is the senior level robotics competition in the FIRST family of programs. Designed for high schoolers, FRC gives teams 6 weeks to imagine, design, and iterate a 120 lb, several foot tall robot to complete a game challenge that changes every year. This program gives students the opportunity to work alongside adult mentors who help promote growth and maturity as part of the team.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) (grades 7-12)
FTC is the mid-level robotics competition in the FIRST family of programs. The FIRST Tech Challenge offers middle and high school students a more economical version of FRC with smaller robots and more restrictive limitations on usable parts and resources.
FIRST Lego League (FLL) (grades 4-8)
FLL is the entry-level robotics competition in the FIRST family of programs. FLL is FIRST’s partnership with LEGO in order to provide elementary and middle school students a competition that inspires them to pursue STEM in their educational career by having them design a fully autonomous robot using LEGO Technic parts.
VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) (grades 4-8)
VEX IQ Challenge is VEX’s entry-level robotics competition. Designed to be the most accessible robotics platform for elementary and middle school students, VEX IQ offers a more affordable and approachable program to introduce young students to STEM.
VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) (grades 7-12)
The VEX Robotics Competition is VEX’s senior-level competition. VRC is designed for middle and high school students, where teams use parts from a provided kit to design their robot for that year’s game. VRC provides the tradeoff of custom parts for an equal playing field for teams in terms of resources.
Find VIQC and VRC teams and events near you! www.robotevents.org
Botball (grades 7-12) botball.org
Botball is a competition for middle and high school students developed by the KISS institute. Students in Botball use an iCreate robot alongside a secondary custom robot made of lego pieces and a provided control board to autonomously complete a set of tasks against opposing teams.