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”

As this program is administered by FIRST in Texas directly, we have little involvement in the program at the local / regional level. We will be happy to address any questions you may have or connect you with those that can promptly answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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

Edinburg CISD
IDEA Public Schools
Mission ISD
Valleyview ISD
LaSara ISD
Juan Diego Academy

  • 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.

Interested in Hosting A FIRST Robotics Competition Competition Event?

in the Rio Grande Valley

Hosting an event is something we identify is a need year over year here in the Rio Grande Valley but we can not do this without strong community partners.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) events includes teams from all over the great state of Texas an is a multi-day event. This is a great boost to local communities as it puts more than 700 attendees in hotel rooms for three days and those attendees are enjoying your local businesses.

If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact us. We would be glad to discuss this in more detail, outline the space / venue requirements and go more in depth to how we can get business owners, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations and others involved in spotlighting the community for this signature event.