FIRST Championship robot competition comes to St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Robots are taking over downtown St. Louis this weekend.

The U.S. FIRST robotics competition returns to St. Louis and thousands of students from around the world are in the Edward Jones Dome to participate.

Admission is free.

Organizers expect as many as 12,000 students from 38 countries to compete with their custom-built robots.

"This is the championships, so only the best of the best robots are here," Las Vegas team member Wyatt Harwood explained. "The robots have to move a ball and get it into a net."

Many of the students will win college scholarships through the competition.

More than 400 robots are involved.

The robots are stored at the America's Center, but the competition is on the field at the Edward Jones Dome.

Here's the schedule of events:

April 24-26 in the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis (All times CT)
Thursday, April 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. FRC and FTC Qualification Matches
1 – 6:30 p.m. FRC and FTC Qualification Matches
Friday, April 25
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. FIRST Championship Welcome / FRC Opening Ceremonies sponsored by Monsanto – Dome/Einstein
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. FRC Qualification Matches
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jr.FLL Expo – Expo area
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. FTC Qualification Matches
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. FLL Competition Matches
12 – 1 p.m. Dean’s List Presentation – America’s Ballroom
1 – 3:45 p.m. FTC Qualification Matches
1 – 6 p.m. FRC Qualification Matches
1 – 2:30 p.m. Jr.FLL Closing Ceremonies – Ferrara Theater
Saturday, April 26
8:15 – 10:30 a.m. FRC Qualification Matches
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. FTC Final Matches
10 – 11:30 a.m. FLL Closing Ceremonies and Awards – America’s Ballroom
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. FTC Closing Ceremonies and Awards – America’s Ballroom
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. FIRST Championship Closing and Awards Ceremonies sponsored by UTC – Dome/Einstein
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. FRC Final Matches – Dome/Einstein
6 – 10 p.m. FIRST Finale – America’s Center


  • Mark Foster

    After seeing the kids all over downtown this morning, you’d think there was a prize for the dorkiest hat.

  • Dana Shelton

    These kids are the brightest in the world, and I have the pleasure of being a mentor for a local team here in the Saint Louis area #uchs3397

  • Renee

    I’m a parent of a student down their right now wish I could have gone to cheer him and his team I’m so proud of him and his team mates and Seaside High School , Seaside Ca

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