First Robotics Competition 2018

FIRST Robotics Competition is a large-scale robotics competition, which brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.

FIRST POWER UP, the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition game, finds our teams trapped in an 8bit video game! Teams use power cubes to defeat the boss.

Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss:

1. Owning the scale or their switch.
Ownership occurs when the scale or alliance’s switch is tipped in their favour. Robots collect and deliver power cubes to gain ownership.

2. Playing power-ups. 
Alliances exchange power cubes for power-ups. Power-ups provide a timed advantage during the match. There are three power-ups that can be played: Force, Boost, and Levitate.

3. Climbing the scale tower.
Robots work together to climb the scale tower to face the boss.


Autonomous Period:
Robots operate independently following preprogrammed instructions for the first fifteen seconds of the match.

Alliances score points by:

  • Reaching their own autonomous line Gaining ownership of the scale or their switch

Teleoperated Period:

Operators take control for the final two minutes and fifteen seconds of the match.

Alliances continue to score points by:

  • Gaining ownership of the scale or their switch
  • Delivering power cubes to the alliance’s vault
  • Using power-ups for a time advantage
  • Parking on the scale platform or climbing the scale to face the boss

The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match defeats the boss and wins.

Playing Field Overview

Pedare FRC 2018 News

2018 Start

With two years FRC experience and competition, the 2018 season will be one of more testing, prototyping and deeper strategies.

Key improvments for 2018 include:

  • Using the 2016 robot carcass for testing and practising control systems
  • Prototyping systems using the VEX Robotics system, enabling “practice” and prototyping of ideas
  • Setup and physical construction of the playing field and key elements.
  • Experience of mentors & students who have participated in 2017

Blog Articles

*Build week 1 – coming soon*


The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is more than just teams building a robot. In essence, it’s a small business that also builds a robot to fulfil a design brief and enter into a competitive environment. So beyond material costs, the team is also in need of mentors that could help in the following areas:

  • CAD
  • Prototyping & build including metalwork/carpentry, welding etc
  • Programming/coding
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Administration and communication
  • Marketing & design
  • Many other roles/needs

We can always use extra help with lots of different expertise, if you or someone from your organisation is interested in supporting students learn and grow, we are always looking for mentors to become part of the Team6204, family. Our mentors include teachers, parents/caregivers, old scholars, industry and business contacts providing a fantastic opportunity to support students and share ideas.

2018 Build Photos