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About the Regional

The Fifth Central Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Madera South High School in Madera California, the heart of the Central Valley, on Thursday through Sunday, March 10th – 13th, 2016 (See Schedule Below). The competition is an intense three-day competitive event showcasing robots built and operated by dozens of high school teams from all over the world.

The Central Valley Regional is one of many FIRST Robotics Competitions held each year. These events are an exciting, multinational competitions that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience and a lot of fun. Each year the competition reaches more than 68,000 students on over 2,700 teams in competitions held across the USA and in other parts of the world. The teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, outstanding innovation, and intense deadlines.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to our participants and sponsorship for FRC teams. Involved engineers and industry leaders provide mentorship and expertise to help guide students through the engineering process. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

Save the Date!

March 10, 2016 – March 13, 2016
Team Load-in is on March 10


Madera South High School
705 West Pecan Avenue
Madera, CA 93637

Central Valley Regional

The Central Valley Regional is held every year in Madera, CA! See results from the last regional with the buttons at the right.

Pictures of the Venue

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Countdown to Day 1!

2016/03/10 09:00:00

Common Questions

Who can attend?

The Central Valley FIRST Robotics Competition is open to the public and is free to all. Bring your parents, friends, teachers, principals, and people that work in the many fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering to enjoy this great event. Come on by to see all the action and cheer on our future technology leaders.

Where is the event being held?

The Regional event is being held Madera South High School, located at 705 W. Pecan Ave. Madera, California, 93637 . The Fresno International Airport is less then 20 miles away with major hotels and restaurants within close proximity of Madera South.

What is this all about?

Imagine combining the action of a major sporting event such as football and the rhythm of a rock and roll concert, but with an engineering twist. The FIRST Robotics Competition provides an educational, engineering environment for students to learn skills that aid in future job placement. It brings together international teams made of students and professional engineers to overcome design and functionality obstacles. The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the competitiveness of life with the fun of learning.

Important Links

Team Hotel Arrangements

Event Details

2016 Regional Schedule

Thursday, March 10, 2016

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Five Team Reps to Load In

Friday, March 11, 2016

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Five Team Reps to Load In
8:30 AM Pits, Machine Shop, Registration, and Inspection Open
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Driver’s Meeting, Field open for Measurement and Calibration
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch (Menu Available Here)
12:00 PM – 6:30 PM Practice Matches
8:00 PM Pits and Machine Shop Close

Saturday, March 12, 2016

8:00 AM Pits and Machine Shop Open
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Qualification Matches
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (Menu Available Here)
1:00 PM – 5:45 PM Qualification Matches
5:45 PM – 6:30 PM Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM Pits and Machine Shop Close
Immediately following Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, March 13, 2016

8:00 AM Pits and Machine Shop Open
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
9:00 AM – 12:15 PM Qualification Matches
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Alliance Selections
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch (Menu Available Here)
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Final Rounds
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Awards Ceremony
6:30 PM Pits Close

Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. See Pit Administration table for updated times.

2016 FRC Game:
FIRST Stronghold



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Central Valley Robotics is only providing content hosting support for the Central Valley Regional, and is not responsible for the event. The Central Valley Regional is being managed by the Central Valley Regional Planning Committee. For any questions regarding the regional, please contact the committee via the Regional Contact Page.