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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 represent the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and managing project deadlines. 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.
FRC robots are big and weigh up to 125 pounds. In the competition, two alliances (red and blue) each composed of three robot teams play each other on fields that are the size of a basketball half-court. All day Friday through Saturday morning a series of Qualifying Rounds matches are played between randomly generated alliance teams to determine the top eight seeded individual teams. These top eight individual teams will now select two other teams that they would like to join them in forming an alliance for the Play-Off Matches. Saturday afternoon starts off with the eight alliances competing in the Quarter-final Matches, four alliances will move on to the Semi-final Matches, then the Finals where two alliances will vie for the title of Central Illinois Regional Champion!
The Central Illinois Regional encourages students, teams, mentors and volunteers alike to think and act "beyond the bot" by hosting community outreach projects and events throughout the year.
Click here to see the program book.
We hope that all of you who participated in the 2022 Central Illinois Regional at the Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum enjoyed the competition and were amazed at what these students are doing! If you couldn't make to our last regional, we hope that you join us with your team or virtually by watching our live-stream of the event;
# 111 - Wildstang
Arlington Heights, IL
# 2338 - Gear It Forward
# 1625 - Winnovation
# 1756 - Argos
# 8122 - Robotic Eagles
By winning the above awards or being the winning alliance captain (111 Wildstang) or their first pick (1756 Argos), earned these teams earned a spot at the 2022 FIRST Robotics World Championship Event in Houston, Texas on April 20 - 23, 2022.
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As with any FIRST Event, Volunteers are the backbone of success! Both experienced and inexperienced Volunteers in all areas are always welcome! Join the excitement and the fun of being part of the FIRST Family. For a listing and description of the various volunteer roles, click here or contact Central Illinois Regional Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.