The Competitions


FRC - FIRST Robotics Competition

For 9th to 12th graders, FRC is a varsity sport for the mind, and it's the hardest fun you'll ever have. The season kicks off in January of ever year, when teams are given a new challenge for which they must build a 5 foot tall, 120 pound robot in just six weeks. The game is different every year, and it only gets better and better. Learn more at




This Year's Game:

In INFINITE RECHARGE, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids, race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to get their Shield Generator operational in order to protect the city!

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FTC - FIRST Tech Challenge

With a targeted student range of grades 6 to 12, FTC is very versatile and a great way to get started with robotics. FTC robots are 18 inches in length, width, and height, and perform on 12 by 12 foot field - a much smaller scale than FRC. Team 3008 (FTC Team 9738) was one of the first teams in Hawaii to partake in FTC, when it first reached the islands in 2014. Learn more




This Year's Game:

ULTIMATE GOAL℠ presented by Qualcomm® is played with two Alliances of two Robots each – “red” and “blue”. The field is separated by the Launch Line. The Launch Zone is located toward the audience. Within the Launch Zone are two red and two blue start lines where robots start the match with an Alliance-specific Wobble Goal. Also, within the Launch Zone is the Starter Stack Area. There are six Target Zone Goals, three red and three blue. At one end of the field are two Tower Goals each containing three Alliance-specific Goals. Between the Tower Goals are the Power Shots, with three Power Shot Targets for the red alliance, and three for the blue alliance. The Drop Zone is located outside of the field toward the audience. Scoring elements are twenty Alliance-neutral Rings. Learn more