The Eighth Central Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Fresno Convention Center in Fresno, California, on Wednesday through Saturday , March 6 – 9th, 2019. 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.
2019 Regional Schedule
2019 Game: DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE
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.
Planning Your Trip
The Central Valley Regional has partnered with the Fresno / Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau to aggregate hotels for our teams and volunteers. Hotel rooms reserved through the website below help the regional. Please reserve below!
Bag Checks and Security
The list of prohibited items can be found here. If you are expecting guests, PLEASE be sure to make them aware of the policy.
The venue is making some exceptions to the baggage rules to accommodate our teams and students. Here are some important things you need to know:
- All bags will be searched when entering the venue.
- Outside food or drink is not allowed.
- Exemption: Cameras and video equipment will be allowed in the venue.
- Backpacks and other bags larger than the allowed will only be allowed into the venue during the initial load-in Wednesday night (6-8pm) and Thursday morning load-in, as well as the first half hour after the doors open to the public.
- Please see the team / public entrance location on the venue map shown below.
- Once the initial crowd is inside, the standard bag policy will go in to effect.
- Backpacks allowed in during these times will be tagged for later entry (i.e. if you leave site for lunch and come back).
- Again, all bags will be checked every time you enter the venue, and only those tagged backpacks, etc will be allowed in after the morning opening of doors each day.
Please be sure to share this information with every member of your team, parents and any other guests you expect to have at the event. If anyone associated with a team is expecting to bring in any bags that do not meet the requirements on the attached policy, they MUST be brought in during the stated times.
If you have any questions, please reach out using the form at the bottom of the page, or click the orange “?” icon.
Teams will load in through the Hall 1 loading dock as shown in the Venue Map below. Teams will enter the loading dock from Inyo Street and exit on to N Street.
Concessions and Lunch Options
|Hamburgers & Cheese Burgers||Pulled Pork Sandwiches|
|Chips||Dippin Dots Ice Cream|
|Assorted Soda||Bottled Water|
Nearby Lunch Options
Deli Delicious has an option to preorder from them for pickup near the convention center. Preorder by April 4! Ordering instructions available below!
Support the Regional!
Local organizations and companies can assist the Central Valley Regional through individual or corporate donations. Donations to the event help us offset costs and provide a quality event for our teams. Some benefits:
- Rights to be a “proud sponsor of FIRST”
- Recognition in press releases
- Listing in the Regional program and on the Regional website
- Company name and logo on video screens
- Access to all VIP functions
- Preferred seating at the Regional
Please reach out to us for more details to discuss sponsorship opportunities and benefits. Click the button below to begin!
Support our teams by volunteering at the Central Valley Regional! Being an event volunteer for the FIRST Robotics Competition is easy and there is no experience necessary. The time commitment is typically 1-3 days (Thursday – Saturday) as well as online training for certain roles. Some roles may require additional self study.