FRC is an acronym for First Robotics Competition. It is one of 4 levels run under the auspices of the First non profit organisation.  The others are JrFLL, FLL and FTC. Together they provide a path through different age groups to FRC.

The First organisation is the brainchild of Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway.

First Vision

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Dean Kamen, Founder


Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate  for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Click on any title and a new tab will open in your browser for that section of the FIRST website.

There is a comprehensive selection of FAQs on FRC HERE.

Other great sources of information are:-

Chief Delphi is a discussion forum for First Robotics Competitions and is always lively.

The Blue Alliance site gives team information and match videos and results from the FIRST Robotics Competition.

FRC Spyder is an application for viewing up-to-the-minute unofficial event results for the FIRST Robotics Competitions. FRC Spyder provides team lists, match results, and rankings for each FRC event. It is available on Android and Apple devices.