FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits; teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. FRC teams are allowed only 6 weeks from the disclosure of the annual challenge until they must ship their completed robot, which may weigh up to 120 pounds and cost thousands of dollars, to a regional competition.
Students work closely with volunteer mentors and coaches, who bring real-world experience and advice from their professional lives-as engineers, educators, business people, and more. While the exciting and fast-paced game is a draw for many, the most prestigious awards in FRC celebrate teams who can demonstrate a sustained impact on the culture of their community: the Chairman’s Award honors the team that best embodies the goals of FIRST and represents a model for other teams to emulate, while the Engineering Inspiration Award recognizes outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s community.
Four FRC teams call West Virginia home: 337 The Hard-Working Hard Hats from Logan, 1249 The Robo Rats from Delbarton, 2614 MARS from Morgantown, and 3492 PARTs from Winfield. These teams have combined to earn 71 awards, including 7 regional wins, 10 Engineering Inspiration Awards, and 4 Chairman’s Awards. West Virginia has been represented by at least one FRC team at the FIRST World Championship every year since 2000.
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