Each year, FIRST release a new theme for the annual competition. On FIRST Kickoff Day, the game is revealed and teams begin building the robot. In 2019, the game was called FIRST DEEP SPACE. In 2018 and 2017 the game was called FIRST POWER UP and FIRST STEAMWORKS respectively. This year marks a fundamental shift in the FIRST challenges, as the build period has been extended significantly from 6 weeks to about 12 weeks.
This Year's Events
Smoky Mountain Regional
March 25-28, 2020
Rocket City Regional
April 1-4, 2020
On Wednesday, a small group from our team travels to the convention center to unload and set up the pit. There are no competition matches on this day.
On Thursday, team gather for the first time around the field and prepare for practice rounds. This is the day when all of the minor (or major) problems are worked out.
Friday is the first day of qualifying. Practice rounds end and qualifying begins with each match counting towards a team's final rank score.
On Saturday, qualifying comes to an end and the top 10 teams choose their alliances for the knockout stages of the game. At the end, we have awards.