FIRST® rOBOTICS COMPETITION
FIRST Robotics Competition or FRC® is a program run by FIRST that has teams build large robots to compete in games with rules and themes that change every year. Teams have 6 weeks to build their robots after seeing a reveal video that explains the game. This competition is regarded as one of the most challenging and premiere in all of high school robotics and participants are highly regarded in the STEM, engineering, and business fields.
The Power Hawks operate one FRC team, the aptly named Power Hawks - Team 1111. The team consists of 40+ students and mentors split into various sub teams who work together to achieve and exemplify the goals of the FIRST program.
The video below is the game reveal for the 2017 build and competition season.
FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge or FTC is another FIRST competition that focuses on smaller scale robots that have their own set of rules and regulations. The teams have 10 weeks to design and build their robots and then compete against other teams. FTC is a step below FRC on the FIRST progression tree and while not as advanced or demanding, teams still gain valuable experience working with others and building robots.
The Power Hawks run three FTC teams, the Power Hawks, the Talons, and the Mech Hawks. These teams are mentored by FRC students and various mentors that guide them through the season.
The video below is the game reveal for the 2016-2017 build and competition season.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
Grades 4-8; ages 9-14
With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams apply science, engineering, and math concepts - plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.)
Grades K-4; ages 6-10
Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.