About the Regional
The Seventh Central Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, California, on Thursday through Sunday, April 5 – 8th, 2018. 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.
Countdown to Day 1!
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.
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.
2018 Regional Schedule