Pittsburgh FIRST

There’s still time to start a new FIRST Robotics Competition team

There’s still time to start a FIRST Robotics Competition team at your school or youth organization!  Here are some quick links to learn more, register a team, & apply for rookie funding:

Prepare now for 2016 FIRST STRONGHOLD. View teaser for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game.

Start a FIRST Robotics Team: 5 Steps

Register a team  (There’s no financial obligation to register a team, and we’re holding spaces for new rookie teams at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional tournament at Cal U in March.)

FIRST ROOKIE GRANT deadline has passed, but local funding may be available. Please contact FIRST Regional Director – Western PA for more information.

RoboLeague, a documentary airing on AT&T U-Verse Buzz Ch. 1000, follows 5 FIRST Robotics Competition teams as they strive for glory at the 2015 FIRST Championship!

What’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)- video

The hardest fun you’ll ever have! Combine the excitement of sports, science and technology, business management, marketing, and fundraising while competing with your teammates in a unique varsity Sport for the Mind™.  In just six weeks, with the guidance of adult Mentors, your team will design, build, program and test your robot to meet the season’s challenge. As part of an FRC team, students get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Learn and 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

More details on the FIRST website

Register here to start a new rookie team! There is no financial obligation to register a FIRST team. Teams will need to have 2 adult leaders sign up in order to register for an event. We’re currently holding spaces for local rookies at our regional competition tournament in March – email or call Patricia DePra for more info.

Save the dates:

  • January 9, 2016: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) KICKOFF! A,W, Beattie Career Center, Allison Park, PA
  • March 9 – 12, 2016: FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional; Convocation Center, California University of Pennsylvania