In January of each year, robotics teams from around the country gather at over 140 locations to watch the season’s live, online broadcast from FIRST.  This is the “Big Reveal” where FIRST releases the annual competition theme with robot missions and game rules guiding an international robotics competition.  


2020-21 FIRST Robotics Competition Theme: Infinite Recharge

Theme Setting: 
It is sometime in the future and humans have colonized a new planet.  An incoming asteroid shower has been detected and it is aimed directly at FIRST City.

Teams of droids are employed to collect and store Power Cells which will be used to power a shield generator designed to protect the city.

Event Description:

Using alliance droids, planetary citizens collect and store Power Cells while traversing the Trench Run and Boundaries to insure maximum protection with an operational shield generator.  Droids start on an initiation line and may be pre-loaded with up to three Power Cells. Droids operate autonomously during the first 15 seconds and attempt to score Power Cells into any of their available Power Ports.

While every Power Cell deposited adds equal charge to the Shield Generator, higher Power Ports earn more points. Drivers then control their droids for 2 minutes and 15 seconds of teleoperated time. Power Cells are collected from one of five Chutes in the Loading Bay and then driven across the city to be scored in the Low, Outer and Inner Ports.

Droids must score the required number of Power Cells to activated Sections of their Shield Generator and then either rotate their Control Panel a specified number of times or position it to a specific color.  Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to make their Shield Generator operational.

Alliances are awarded bonus points for a level Generator Switch! The Alliance that earns the most points wins the match.



FIRST is an international robotics league with competitions for students of all ages.   Think of FIRST as the “NCAA of youth robotic competitions”.  FIRST creates the competition themes, rules and forum.

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”.

FIRST Competitions are divided into four leagues:

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC): The largest program aimed at high-school students.  The competition requires students to design, build, and program a robot capable of various feats and maneuvers. Each year, the game and competition field are re-envisioned to offer a brand new set of challenges. FRC rewards outreach, entrepreneurship, and innovative design.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a competition for students in grades 7-12 that requires teams to design, build, and program a robot according to a difficult yearly challenge. The competition rewards innovation as well as community outreach.

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is for students aged 9-14 that motivates students to research and work on a real-world challenge, as well as design, build, and program a robot to perform varied tasks.

FIRST Lego League Jr (FLL Jr) is for curious minds aged 6-10 that involves building Lego robots and models to carry out a task.