Welcome to the Orlando Regional!
A premier FIRST Robotics Competition event, now in our 19th year.
Held at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida each spring, the competition challenges high school students around the world to build up to 120 lb. robots to solve playing field challenges in fast paced matches. The Orlando Regional is committed to inspiring young people to become passionate about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
The Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition started in 1999 with 28 teams at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. After four years of growth, the decision was made to move to the University Of Central Florida Arena in 2003. In previous years we have had teams from Canada, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Great Britain. The event is the oldest in Florida, one of the most veteran in the nation, and is an international favorite.
FIRST Core Values
FIRST is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of professionalism, diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage differences in race,color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, income or any other characteristics that make our program participants unique. All our programs are guided by the FIRST Code of Conduct , by which all participants, from coaches to mentors to students, are expected to abide.
Commitment to Student Success & Achievement
Students involved in FIRST Robotics Competition get to:
- Learn from professional engineers
- Build and compete with a robot they design
- Learn to use sophisticated software and hardware
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
- Earn a place in the World Championship
- Qualify for over $25 million in college scholarships
The Orlando Regional is organized and produced by the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF), an all volunteer, 501(C)3, non-profit organization.