FIRST® is excited to bring the thrill of competitive sports in science and engineering to UIL Robotics. Students at UIL member high schools have the opportunity to compete with a team and be recognized for their success at the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST division each spring.
UIL Robotics began as a pilot program began during the 2015-2016 school year. After three successful years as a pilot program, Robotics became an official UIL contest beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.
STEM Education through the robotics program is an interactive hands-on science and engineering program for middle and high school students. If your student is enrolled in a UIL member school and in good standing, they are eligible to participate in UIL Robotics through a FIRST team at their school.
Working with adult mentors, students apply and extend their classroom knowledge through hands-on, authentic engineering, and science challenges. Student team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like programming, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and many more. FIRST welcomes every student, with or without special skills. Like our Mentors say, “This is the only sport where if you show up, you can play.”
For your school to participate in UIL Robotics, first register a team with FIRST. FIRST teams are eligible for a variety of grants to help cover the costs of registration and equipment. Teams participate in the regular FIRST competition season, with qualifier tournaments that are run by FIRST in Texas and its partners. Your team’s performance in those tournaments will determine advancement to the UIL Robotics State Championship. Teams will be invited to participate in the UIL Robotics State Championship event based on their performance in the regular season. At the State Championship, your team may be eligible for a variety of performance-based and judged awards.
We hope you will support these exciting student programs that make science, technology, engineering and math as cool for kids as sports.
Fill out the “Contact Us” form for more information or details on forming and registering a team for FIRST® as part of UIL Robotics.
Or reach out to the UIL for more information on rules and regulations surrounding participation in UIL activities:
- David Trussell
UIL Robotics – FIRST Programs:
FIRST® Tech Challenge: Teams design, build, and compete on a small field of play.
FIRST® Robotics Competition: Teams work together to build a team brand, then build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks before a field of competitors.
FIRST® Access – Unified Division: Teams of students with and without intellectual disabilities are exposed to engineering, programming and robotics, fostering a neurodiverse work environment that promotes social inclusion. Partners (students without intellectual disabilities) work alongside SOTX Athletes (students with intellectual disabilities) in one-to-one partnerships to build robots. Unified Division teams must be a from a UIL member school and a part of Special Olympics Texas (SOTX)Unified Champion Schools (UCS) to be eligible to compete.