First Robotics Competition
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest that immerses high school students in the exciting world of engineering. Teaming up with engineers from businesses, universities and research institutions, the students get a hands-on, inside look at engineering. In January, student teams across the country receive the same game challenge and have six weeks to design, construct and test their robot. The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with time clocks, referees and cheerleaders. The events measure the effectiveness of each robot and test the students’ ability to collaborate.
The 20th Annual Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Regional Competition attracted 44 teams of high-school students from the L.A. area, Nevada, Chile, Mexico, France, Brazil and Turkey. Mentored by experts from a range of aerospace and engineering organizations, including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the students constructed robots to save "FIRST City" from being destroyed by asteroids. The event drew more than 1,000 student competitors. The 2020 Los Angeles regional’s winning alliance was composed of Team 987 (“Highrollers”), Team 4201 (“The Vitruvian Bots”) and Team 6000 (“Firehawk Robotics”). Read full story here.
For its commitment to the challenge, JPL received FIRST's "Volunteer of the Year" award, the first time the honor has been given to an organization and not an individual. JPL volunteers have worked with FIRST Robotics for 20 years at the Los Angeles Regional competition. To find out more about how to volunteer for this exciting competition, click here.