FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” 

-Dean Kamen

The FIRST Robotics Competition


Founded by Dean Kamen, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Challenge is a FIRST Robotics League geared for high school engineers and even businesspeople! Dean’s vision of inspiring students through science and technology does not necessarily mean only for engineers!


With core values, such as Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition, FRC is not just the intense six-week build season tested by various regional competitions, but a lifestyle!


To learn more about Dean Kamen, FRC, or FIRST Robotics, please visit this link:


FRC Game Challenge 2014

Aerial assist.

The game challenge for the 2014 FRC Season is Aerial Assist! This game is played by two competing Alliances of three robots. The objective is to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match. The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their alliance receives.

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FRC Game Challenge 2013

The game challenge for the 2013 FRC Season is Ultimate Ascent! This game is played by two competing, each consisting of three robots. These alliances compete to score as many discs as possible in goals at different heights, the highest goals being worth the most points within 2 minutes and 15 seconds. Each alliance has a tower with three different levels. Depending on which level a robot is on by the end of the match, points can be gained for its alliance.

The Nerd Herd attended the Los Angeles and Inland Empire regionals and won the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award at the Inland Empire Regional. This marked the 10th Entrepreneurship Award that Team 687 has won.


FRC Game Challenge 2012



The FIRST Robotics game competition for the 2012 season is Rebound Rumble!  The objective of this game is for each alliance to score as many basketballs in their hoops in a playing time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds.  Each alliance consists of three robots.  Each game begins with a 15 second Hybrid Period.  During the Hybrid Period, one robot on each Alliance may be controlled using a Microsoft Kinect.  Baskets scored during this period are worth double points.  The game continues with a Teleop Period in which drivers control robots attempt to score as many baskets as they can.  The game ends with robots attempting to balance bridges located in the middle of the playing field for bonus points.  Robots from opposing Alliances may also attempt to balance out the white bridge in the middle of the field for a Coopertition bonus.

The Nerd Herd attended the Los Angeles and Central Valley regionals and won the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award at the Central Valley Regional. This marked the 9th Entrepreneurship Award that Team 687 has won.


FRC Game Challenge 2011



The Nerd Herds attended Kick-Off at their local Northrop Grumman building on January 8, 2011. Our Kick-Off local time was 7:30 AM!
Logo Motion was the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition game. Each match lasted for 135 seconds.  The first 15 seconds of each match was the autonomous period.  During the autonomous period, the robot attempts to pick up an Ubertube and place onto a peg on the scoring board by way of programmed commands in the robot’s onboard system . The objective of the main portion of the game, which lasts for the remaining 120 seconds, was to place inner tubes shaped liked components of the FIRST logo onto the scoring racks. More points were awarded for inner tubes placed at higher levels (6 points for top level, 4 points for middle level, and 2 points for bottom level).  Points were doubled for inner tubes that completed the FIRST logo successfully in the correct order (triangle-circle-square). During the final 15 seconds, teams had the option to deploy a mini-bot onto a tower.  Mini-bots could only be deployed in the final 10 seconds of each match.  Bonus points were given to mini-bots who climbed up the tower the fastest (1st mini-bot received 30 points, 2nd received 20 points, 3rd received 15 points, and 4th received 10 points). The game celebrated the 20th season of the FRC.

Team 687 competed at the San Diego Regional, Los Angeles Regional, and FRC World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. The team was awarded the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award at both the Los Angeles Regional and the World Championship. By winning the Entrepreneurship Award at the World Championship, Team 687 became the first team to win the award at the World Championship multiple times.  Go Nerd Herd!