FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Specifics About FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC):

Teams need a strong understanding of engineering principles.
Team size varies and can be larger than our FTC program
Teams must consist of students in grades 9-12
Program is administered by FIRST in Texas using the “District Model”

Texas operates in the “district” model. We currently do not host any local events to support this program, but our key volunteers and leadership actively support the growth and support of teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Our leadership actively participates in the events around Texas as part of our partnership with FIRST in Texas; which is the affiliate partner in this global program.

The following school districts are involved in FRC here in the RGV:

Edinburg CISD
Brownsville ISD
IDEA Public Schools
Mission ISD
Valleyview ISD
Juan Diego Academy
United ISD
South Texas ISD

  • FRC accounts for 4% of teams in all four programs of FIRST in the RGV.
  • FRC teams in the RGV account for roughly <2% of FRC teams state wide.

FIRST Robotics Competition Impact

in the Rio Grande Valley

The Rio Grande Valley is honored to have 12 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams representing its area. Teams involved in the FRC program must travel to other areas of Texas to compete in two district events that is included in your annual registration fee assessed by FIRST and FIRST in Texas.

Our teams have worked hard and have been invited to the FIRST World Championship  in previous years.