Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
The Central Illinois Regional (CIR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an intense three-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students. The competing robots are the result of 6-1/2 weeks of high school students and professional engineering/science mentors teaming up to solve the engineering challenges presented in the Season Challenge/Robot Game. The robots are the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and project deadline management. The mentor/student interaction is integral to the FRC program. It takes a lot of hard work to develop a competitive robot, and it shows when you see them in action at the Central Illinois Regional.
CIR is a spectator-friendly competition environment that has the feel of both a major sporting event and a rock concert, complete with cheering fans, crazy costumes, special lighting, up-beat music, a large video wall, and energetic emcees/announcers. In essence, the event is a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!
Like all FIRST Robotics Competition events, the Central Illinois Regional is free and open to the public! If you do plan to attend, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes. Plan to visit the team pit area, talk to the students, and ask them questions about their team and robot. We will have safety glasses available at the entrance, or feel free to bring your own pair. And remember…our team members, coaches, mentors, volunteers and Regional staff are all very friendly and will be happy to assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.