FIRST Robotics

“The hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

What is it?

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.

CAD Drawing of CCSD TAX Team 2018 First Robotics Robot
students working on their robot
This year's robot

This Year's Challenge

first power up logo

First Power Up of 2018 , Robotics Competition game, includes two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances are working to defeat the boss in order to escape! Alliances gain points by placing "power cubes" on scales and switches to gain ownership. The longer an alliance owns a scale or switch, the more points they get! Power cubes can also be traded for temporary boosts to points or ownership. Robots can also climb at the end of the match for additional points.

Our Team

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

Since the establishment of Team 3003 in 2008, team Tan[x] from Canandaigua, NY has flourished, This 2017-2018 season, Tan[x] even partnered up with Midlakes school district to further expand the team and expose more kids to FIRST Robotics. During the Ultimate Ascent challenge in 2013, the team went on to win the Finger Lakes Regional game a t Rochester's Institute of Technology. That year, Tan[x] won several award including the 2013 Industrial Design Award! We have participated in many events like the Finger Lakes Regional, Buckeye Regional, Tech Valley Regional, and the FIRST National Championship.

Steve Schlegel and student with the team's robot at the rally