Each year, through the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), volunteer engineers, high school students, and community members join together to build a robot that will perform specific tasks or “games”. Through this building process, student’s brainstorm, prototype, design, and create a robot that will perform specific tasks.

Members of the Rockwall High School Robotics Team, Full Metal Jackets, (FRC Team #1296) recently showcased their robot to the Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club.  

This year’s competition, “Rebound Rumble,” was played between two alliances of three teams each. Each alliance competed by trying to score as many basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in the highest of the four hoops scored teams more points in the challenge. Additional scoring opportunities required the robots to balance on bridges at the end of the match.  

Students, volunteer mentors, and teachers dedicate countless hours during build season in order to consistently compete at the highest level of FRC. FIRST Robotics inspires students to pursue careers in science and technology. Teamwork, organizational skills, and gracious professionalism enable students to take classroom concepts and apply them to real world situations.



Photo By Kirte M. Kinser