The FIRST Championship is a four-day robotics
championship held annually in April at which FIRST
student robotics teams compete. For several years, the event was held at the Georgia Dome
in Atlanta, Georgia
, but moved to the Edward Jones Dome
in St. Louis, Missouri
in 2011, where it remained through 2017. In 2017, the Championship was split into two events, being additionally held at the George R. Brown Convention Center
and Minute Maid Park
in Houston, Texas
. In 2018 and 2019, the Championship was held in Houston and Detroit
at the TCF Center
and Ford Field
. The event comprises four competitions; the FIRST Robotics Competition
Championship, the FIRST Tech Challenge
World Championship, the FIRST Lego League
World Festival, and the FIRST Lego League Junior
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a six-week program in which high-school
students build 125-pound (54 kg) robots designed to compete in a game that changes each year. Students are given sets of parts to use, but they can also use off-the-shelf or custom-made parts. The FIRST Tech Challenge is a mid-level competition program for middle school and high school aged students with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. FIRST LEGO League is a competition program for elementary
and middle school
students using LEGO Mindstorms
robotics kits. Teams for each program compete in tournaments at a state and regional level. The winning teams from each of these tournaments join the global competition at the FIRST Championship.
The FIRST Championship was formally held in conjunction with the FIRST Robotics Conference, which covers a wide variety of topics in science, technology, engineering, and robotics fields.
The 2011 championship was also host to the Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration
, a pilot collegiate FIRST program.
In 2015, to expand, it was announced that the FIRST Championship would be divided into multiple venues. The new Innovation Faire featuring displays and demonstrations from FIRST Sponsors, Partners and Suppliers took place at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
, The FIRST Tech Challenge
World Championship and the Junior FIRST Lego League
World Festival took place at Union Station (St. Louis)
, and the FIRST LEGO League
World Festival as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition
Championship took place at the Edward Jones Dome
and America's Center
. The new arrangement was designed to give an "Olympic Village" feel and allow for more space to expand each individual program. In 2017, the Championship was split into 2 championships, one occurring in Houston and the other a week later in St. Louis. The second Championship was moved to Detroit for 2018 and 2019. In 2020, FIRST decided to move the closing ceremonies for all programs from Minute Maid Park and Ford Field to the convention centers in Houston and Detroit respectively.
The 2020 FIRST season was suspended on March 12, 2020, resulting in the cancellation of the Championship events in Houston and Detroit, due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The FIRST LEGO League World Championship was held as a virtual competition on April 18 and 19, 2020 and hosted by FLL Share and Learn.
The 2021 FIRST Championship in Houston and Detroit were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
. The events will be replaced by a virtual ceremony at the 2021 FIRST Global Innovation Awards on June 28–30, 2021.
*''1992'': Manchester, NH
*''1993–1994'': Nashua, NH
*''1995–2002'': Orlando, FL, at Epcot Center
, Walt Disney World
*''2003'': Houston, at Reliant Park (now known as NRG Park
*''2004–2010'': Atlanta, at Georgia Dome
*''2011–2017'': St. Louis, at Dome at America's Center
, America's Center
, Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel
(2015-2017), Union Station (St. Louis)
*''2017–2019'': Houston, at George R. Brown Convention Center
and Minute Maid Park
*''2018–2019'': Detroit, at Cobo Center
and Ford Field
1992 was the first year of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Just over 20 teams competed at one event, which was held at Memorial High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1993, the sole competition was held at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire. In 1994, the competition was held at Nashua High School. In 1995, FIRST had grown to the point to which they had outgrown the one competition, so they moved to a regional qualifier system, and thus the FIRST championship was born. From 1995 through 2002, the championship was held at Epcot Center in Orlando. Reliant Park in Houston was the venue for 2003. Atlanta served as host city from 2004 through 2010.
In 2005, the contract with Atlanta was extended through 2007 with options for 2008 and 2009.
[ In 2009, St. Louis was selected, from three finalists, to serve as host city for 2011 through 2013. In 2012, the tenure at St. Louis was extended until 2014.] In 2013, the tenure in St. Louis was once again extended for three additional years through 2017.
The 2017 through 2019 championships consisted of two championship events, located in two different cities on back to back weekends. The 2017 championships was held in St. Louis, centered at the Edward Jones Dome, and in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and Minute Maid Park. 2017 marked St. Louis's final hosting of the event for the foreseeable future, ending its seven years hosting the event, as well as FIRST Championships's return to Houston, following the 2003 Championships at NRG Park. In 2018 and 2019, Houston continued to host a championship, with Detroit, Michigan taking St. Louis's place. The Detroit championships took place at Cobo Center and Ford Field.
FIRST Robotics Competition
The FIRST Robotics Competition Championship is the final and largest event of the season. The winners of each regional competition as well as the top teams from each district advance to the FIRST Championship. They are placed into one of the 8 divisions to compete. The winning alliance from each division (a set of 4 teams) moves on to compete on the Einstein Field. The winning alliance on the Einstein Field is declared the FIRST Champion.
The FIRST Robotics Competition Championship was initially divided into 4 divisions:
In 2015, the 4 divisions were further divided into 8 divisions (not including the final Einstein Field):
In 2017, the first year of the split championship, there were 12 divisions (not including the final Einstein Field in each city), with six divisions in each city. The six division winning alliances played a round-robin tournament to determine their location's champion, who then played the other city's champion in July at the FIRST Festival of Champions in New Hampshire. On February 6, 2018, FIRST announced that the Festival of Champions would not happen from the 2018 season onward. Due to this, the winners of both championships will now be considered world champions.
There are many awards that are presented to FRC teams at the Championship. These awards include the Engineering Inspiration Award, the Industrial Design Award, the Gracious Professionalism Award, the Entrepreneurship Award, the Industrial Safety Award, the Rookie All-Star Award, the Rookie Inspiration Award, the Woodie Flowers Award, and the Dean's List Award. The most prestigious award is the Chairman's Award, which recognizes the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate both on and off the field.
FTC World Championship
Before 2014, after all FTC teams have competed in state / regional championship tournaments, the winning teams move on to the FTC World Championship. The Inspire Award-winning teams and the captain teams of the Winning Alliance in the regional tournaments are automatically eligible for the world championship. If there are still spots available, additional teams may be picked by a lottery system.
From 2014 and on, teams compete in Qualifying Tournaments in order to qualify for their state/regional Championship. At that Championship, teams compete for a spot at one of 4 Super-Regionals. Depending on the presence/number of teams in each state, determines the number of teams that move on to a Super-Regional. Teams then advance from their Super-Regional to the World Championship. Starting in the 2018–2019 season, Super-Regionals will be abolished and FTC teams will advance to the World Championship directly from their state/regional Championship.
At each championship, awards are presented to recognize teams for their performance in the competition, their robot's design, and their efforts to spread the message of FIRST. These awards include World Championship Finalist and Winner, the Design Award, the Connect Award, the Innovate Award, the Motivate Award, the Think Award and the Judges' Award. The most notable awards are the World Championship Inspire Award and the award given to the winning alliance.
The FTC World Championship is currently held in Houston and Detroit, an arrangement that will continue until at least 2021.
FTC has four divisions that teams are randomly divided into. There are two divisions per Championship.
Up until the end of the 2016 season, winning alliances from Franklin and Edison went on to compete in the finals on the DaVinci Field. In 2017, FTC teams joined FRC teams to play their finals matches on the Einstein Field.
FLL World Festival
The top competitions in FLL program are FLL Open Championships and FLL World Festival. The Open Championships are managed by FLL Partners with a goal to bring teams from different regions to complete and showcase their achievements. Currently, there are two Open Championships, FLL Open European Championship and FLL US Open Championship. FLL Open Asian Championship was held in 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. However, it did not return in 2009.Open Asian Championship
, ''FIRST Japan'' - accessed May 23, 2009
FLL World Festival is hosted and managed by FIRST. The teams are often the Champion's Award team at the state or national level with some other criteria including special nomination from FLL Operational Partners globally. In 2009, there were 84 teams from 27 countries that joined the festival with the theme ''Climate Connections''. The award categories include Innovative Design Award, Quality Design Award, Programming Award, Research Quality Award, Innovative Solution Award, Creative Presentation Award, Teamwork Award, Team Spirit Awards, Against All Odds Awards, Outstanding Volunteer Awards, Adult Coach/Mentor Awards, Young Adult Mentor Awards, and Judges' Awards. The most notable awards are Champion's Award and Robot Performance Award.
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