Local high school robotics teams compete at FIRST World Championship

Two FSR teams will participate in a global robotics competition this week. The students of FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team Rhyme Know Reason and FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) team MOE are headed to St. Louis for the FIRST  World Championship April 27- 30.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams build robots on a base no larger than 18 inches square and compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot field. FIRST Robotics Competition teams build larger robots that can weigh up to 120 pounds and compete on a 27-foot by 54-foot field. Alliances of teams compete against each other during 2 1/2-minute matches during both contests.

This year’s FTC game is modeled on a mountain rescue scenario. Points are scored when two-robot alliances“reset” Rescue beacons; deliver Rescue Climbers to a “shelter;” park on the “mountain;” and park in the Rescue beacon “repair zone” or floor goal.

The FRC game is also new each year and this year’s has a medieval theme- in only six weeks, teams must design and build a robot and a game strategy able to cross “rough terrain;” open “drawbridges;” score points by shooting “boulders;” and climb a “tower.”

Qualifying matches begin on Wed. 4/27 at 2pm. For anyone interested in watching the action LIVE online, here’s a link:


RKR will be in the FRANKLIN division of the competition. MOE will be in the GALILEO division.