First® Robotics Competition
FIRST® Robotics Competition
Greater Pittsburgh Regional
Cal U Convocation Center Arena
WATCH the FIRST Robotics competition at 5:30 p.m. April 5 on KDKA-TV
More than 1,000 students in grades 9-12 will put their custom-built robots to the test at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) March 27-29 in the Cal U Convocation Center Arena.
In all, 48 teams are registered compete in this year’s challenge, Aerial AssistSM.
Students practice and robots are inspected on March 27. Competition is held March 28-29; opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 p.m. See the schedule
Admission is free, and fans are encouraged to root for their favorite teams.
This year’s FRC challenge
Aerial AssistSM is played on a flat 25’ x 54’ field, straddled by a truss suspended about 5 feet above the floor. Two “alliances” of three robots each face off and try to move as many balls as possible into the high and low goals. Cooperative play earns additional points during the fast-paced 30-second (autonomous) and 2-minute (remote control) matches.
What is the FIRST Robotics Competition?
Founded in 1989, FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — encourages young people to explore science, technology, engineering and math in an environment that blends sports-style competition with mentorship and cooperation.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) hosted by California University is a varsity Sport for the Mind™ designed for students in grades 9-12. Teams from across Pennsylvania, as well as teams from Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada, are registered to compete.
This year’s challenge and game rules were announced Jan. 4. Each robot has been designed and built in just six weeks, beginning with a common “kit of parts” provided to each team. Mentors — typically engineers and/or previous FIRST competitors — provide expert advice and support for each team of students.
Winners of regional events are eligible to compete in the FIRST Championship, held April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo.
Spectators may park in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.
Shuttles will operate from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. March 28 and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. March 29.
Visit the Cal U Convocation Center, where the robots come out to play!
April 25-26 — 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals
Pairs of robots custom-built by more than 60 teams of high school students battle it out inside the arena.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Convocation Center Arena
- April 25
— 2014 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge
Teams from 25 area middle schools compete to build a fluid-powered hydraulic system that will accomplish a specific task.
8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the South Conference Wing
Watch these broadcast specials on KDKA-TV:
- April 5, 5:30 p.m. — FIRST Robotics Competition, presented by Cal U
- April 19, 7:30-8 p.m. — Technology Today with KDKA
- May 3, 7:30-8 p.m. — BotsIQ, presented by Cal U
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