Welcome to the Orlando FRC Regional, now in its 18th year of developing Florida’s future high tech work force.
How We Build the Future
We do this by hosting a premier FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regional each March – the dates for our 2016 event are March 11 & 12! 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
The Orlando FIRST Robotics Regional 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.
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 $20 million in college scholarships
The 2015 Engineering Challenge
This past season’s game was RECYCLE RUSH!, a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.
The Orlando Regional is organized and produced by the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF), an all volunteer, 501(C)3, non-profit organization.