FRobotics is a student-led organization based out of Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, PA. Since 2012, we have competed against teams from the U.S. and across the world as part of the FIRST© Robotics Competition. FIRST© (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to motivate young people to pursue education and jobs in the STEM fields and to encourage leadership skills.
The annual worldwide robotics competition encourages teamwork, innovation, and gracious professionalism in a sports-style tournament. Teams have two months to design, build, and program a robot from scratch, using money raised from sponsors. Each FIRST competition pits alliances of three separate teams against another alliance, with winning alliances moving on to the next level of competition. In April of 2019, for the first time in our history FRobotics qualified for the FIRST World Championship. Our team traveled to Detroit, Michigan, and spent a week representing the Pittsburgh area, competing with and learning from the best teams in the world.
Here’s what else we’ve been up to this year:
- Won the WOW District Championship, Steel City Showdown, and CORI Invitational, earning a reputation as one of the best teams in Western & Central Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia
- Made STEM presentations and demonstrated our robot at all three Franklin Regional elementary schools, as well as at Remake Learning Days and the 4th Grade Science Olympiad
- Presented to the Pennsylvania School Board Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, as well as local service clubs
- Taught four days of computer science camps for elementary and middle school students at the Murrysville Community Library
Franklin Regional High School’s robotics club, Team 4150 FRobotics, has been competing since 2012. That year, our team won the Rookie Team Award and the Coopertition Award. In 2013, we were recognized by National Instruments as one of the top ten teams effectively using their LabView software. In the 2014 regionals, our alliance placed second overall, and in the following year we made it to semi-finals. In 2016, one of our students was a finalist for the FIRST Dean’s List award and invited to attend the FIRST Championship. In 2017, one of our mentors won a Mentor of the Year Award. In 2018, we finished the qualifying rounds as the number one team in the Buckeye Regional, and continued to do well at offseason competitions.