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FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game, along with the required set of tasks, changes annually. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and are encouraged to buy or make specialized parts.

Students in 9th through 12th grade are available to register for the FRC program. Enrollment for the FRC program is generally open from June to December of each year. 

2020-21 FRC Season Status

After much discussion and consultation with the ST. Mary’s County Health Department, we have made some decisions about the 2020-21 FIRST Season. Given the constantly changing nature of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we will continue to review these decisions as the situation in our area changes.

FRC will have a primarily virtual season. We do not yet know how competitions will work for this year. However, it will be necessary for small groups  to meet in person to accomplish some tasks. While we will not require students to meet in person, we realize that some may want to and we will need to take precautionary steps.

With this in mind, we worked with the St. Mary’s Health Department who provided us with guidelines to safely re-open the facility to limited groups of people. We added some of our own best practices to this and have created a set of guidelines which details our reopening plan. 

We have been able to work on many of our projects through both virtual and in-person meetings with limited capacity. While we still can’t support large scale team meetings, smaller sub-teams have had the opportunity to get work done in the facility. We hope that more of the team will be able to meet at the same time soon.

Dues for the year are $400 per student that help cover the operating cost of the program. Payments can be processed through our website or in person via check or cash.

To reserve your spot on the team half of the programs registration fee is due within 14 calendar days of submitting registration with the remainder due by August 1st.

Travel costs to competitions are not included in the above registration cost. 

Click Here for the FRC Team Student Application




growingSTEMS currently hosts 1 FRC Team as part of our Community Robotics Program.

FRC 836 – The RoboBees


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