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FIRST® Robotics

Since 2004 Haywire Robotics has been part of the FIRST® Robitic's program
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What is a FIRST® Robotics Competition?
FIRST® Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” 

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
The positive impact on FIRST Robotics Competition participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in doing well in school and 92% are more interested in attending college. See links on impact resources & infographic to the right.

First Robotics competitions Teams get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Master STEM skills
  • Learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
  • Earn a place at the FIRST® Championship
  • Qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships
FIRST® Scholarships
Through FIRST®, students can qualify for over 19 million dollars in college scholarships! See link to the right for scholarship information.


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In Destination: Deep Space, we join two competing alliances collecting samples on Planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives.

T-minus 2:30: A sandstorm limits driver visibility so robots independently follow pre-programmed instructions or are operated by human drivers via video from their stations. alliances score points by:

1. Deploying robots from Habitat 

2. Preparing rockets and cargo ship with hatch panels

3. Loading cargo pods into their rockets and cargo ships

T-minus 2:15: The sandstorm clears, and human operators take control of their robots. Alliances continue to score points by:

1. Preparing rockets and cargo ship with hatch panels

2. Loading more cargo pods

3. Returning the robot safely to the alliances habitat

The alliances with the highest score at the end of the match wins.