Welcome to SCRIW VIII!

Welcome to the official home of SCRIW, the South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops!

SCRIW VIII will see 27 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from across the Southeast bringing their robots out for a great day of competition. It’s the last chance to play the 2018 game, FIRST POWER UP, before the 2019 game is unveiled!

Is it going to be awesome?

Absolutely.  SCRIW has hosted teams from as far away as Orlando and Knoxville, and many regional winners from this and past seasons have competed.  Two of them have made Einstein Field in their history, where the final alliances of teams meet at the FIRST Championship.  The action is fast-paced and intense–this is not your average science fair!

WATCH: Video from the 2012 Palmetto Regional.

When and where is it?

SCRIW VIII is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Dreher High School in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.  The recently-renovated campus will provide plenty of room for teams and workshops.  The final schedule will be confirmed in the fall, but here’s the schedule we used for SCRIW VII (and for several seasons prior) which is pretty reliable:

0800: Pits open to teams
0801: Sync checks*
0940: Check-in closed (Once we make the schedule, that’s it.)
0945: Mandatory Driver’s Meeting On Field, Qualification Match Schedule Released
1000: Opening Ceremonies
1010: First Match
1200: Lunch Break
1235: Resume Qualification Matches
1500: End Qualification Matches
1505: Alliance Selection
1530: Elimination Rounds Start
1730: Elimination Rounds End (approximate)
1740: Awards (Finalists and Champions) & Breakdown

*A change from normal FRC events: to speed up this important process, we will not run full practice matches. After programming your radio, you’ll wheel your robot to the field and power it up on your cart under the FTA’s instructions to ensure your robot connects through FMS properly. We strongly encourage you to test your robot’s other systems at home and in the pit.

Can I just show up and watch?

We’d love it if you did! Like all FIRSTevents, SCRIW is open to the public with no admission charge.  Concessions will be available on-site; proceeds support the host teams.  If you desire to enter the pit area, please remember that closed-toe shoes and safety glasses are mandatory. A limited supply of loaner glasses will be available in the pits for guests; teams should bring enough for themselves.

What is FIRST?

FIRST, the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to encourage students in the United States and beyond to take up careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields by applying the model of sporting events.  The flagship high school program, the FIRST Robotics Competition, started in 1992 with 28 teams in a high school gymnasium in New Hampshire.  Today, in its 26th season, FRC has over 3,300 teams on six continents competing at 147 events in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and Israel and the FIRST Championship events in Houston and St. Louis.

Each year, FRC teams receive a game challenge in early January, a kit of parts containing a mixture of required and optional parts, and just six weeks to complete their 120-pound robots.  This year’s challenge, FIRST POWER UP, sees teams supplying their alliance’s airships with fuel and gears to turn rotors.  We will be playing on a regulation FIRST field by generally the same rules used during the season.  Occasionally, we may adopt a slight tweak to the rules if we feel it will improve the competition experience for teams; these changes will be announced broadly well before the event, but won’t break the game.

WATCH: Morgan Freeman talks about the FIRST Robotics Competition