FIRST Robotics Competition
After the summer's intensive six-week build season, the robot is shipped off to the US for us to compete with other high school students from around the world. The competitions take on the air of a football match.
As part of our responsibility to the local community, Macquarie University runs the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team for students in years 8-12.
Our FRC team, The Thunder Down Under (TDU), is focused on helping science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) be recognised in Australia as something fun and important. Through various outreach activities and initiatives, TDU is trying to help contribute to solving Australia's skills shortage. Oh, yeah... and they LOVE building and driving robots!
You may be aware of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) here in Australia and how its popularity is growing among kids aged 9-14. But, unfortunately, Australia has not previously participated with an FRC team. Well, all that is changing this Autumn ...
More information for both students and mentors is available by contacting Professor Michael Heimlich.
What is Build Season?
From the day the challenge is announced to when we have to ship the robot is Build Season. This is normally a very busy, exciting, and intensive time in the life of an FRC team. It normally runs from the second week of January for about 40 days through to the middle of February. The most important thing to know about FRC is that you only come to FRC build season meetings when you can – your family and work commitments ALWAYS come first. If your family has a summer holiday planned, go on the summer holiday. If you have to spend some extra hours at work, make sure you do them well and get the job done properly.
FRC is meant to be fun and be part of your life; it should not rule or define your life.