What is Robotics?

About the Programs

FLL (FIRST Lego League):

  • Description: small, programmed robots made out of Legos
  • Competition: Robot does multiple tasks on a rectangular map and must report back to a home base between every task

FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition):

  • Description: Schools have six weeks to build a large-scale robot that involves programming and electrical and mechanical components. The robots’ tasks change year to year, consisting of two tasks it must accomplish for specific points within a certain amount of time.
  • Competition: The game is three-on-three robots where once so many games are played; the beginning is autonomous mode where drivers are hands-off and the program runs automatically. Then there is teleop where drivers control the robots. the top eight ranked teams choose alliances. Then, brackets are chosen and quarter finals, semi-finals, and finals are played to declare a winning robot alliance.

Vex Robotics:

  • Description: Louisiana Schools compete many times during the school year with a robot that has a parameter of around 48 inches. Like FRC, Vex competitions consist of a different task every year.
  • Competition: The game is three-on-three robots; the beginning is autonomous mode where drivers are hands-off and the program runs automatically. Then there is teleoperated period where drivers control the robots (FIRST and Vex are similar in this way). Teams gain points each match in order to develop rankings where the top teams choose their alliance.

 

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