The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was founded in 1992 by inventor Dean Kamen. It has since grown from 28 teams to nearly 2,400. In the FRC program, high school students across the country, and, to some extent, the world, build robots to compete (and cooperate!) in an annually-changed game. After the game’s announcement, teams across the nation race to create a functional robot in just six weeks. Yet it is not just the challenges of electrical and mechanical engineering that a successful FRC team must face, but also those of managing, marketing, and supporting a team of students and adult leaders. The FRC teaches students engineering, science, leadership, and other skills crucial for success in the modern world. The challenges encountered are sometimes difficult, often unexpected, and always rewarding.