LEAP gives FIRST Robotics teams a chance to put their skills to use in the real world, and shows high school students that they don't have to wait until after college to make a real a difference in their community through engineering.


We are excited to announce the 2018 Linking Engineering and Philanthropy(LEAP) competition in partnership with global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, with $6000 in prizes sponsored by Autodesk. The LEAP 2018 competition challenges FRC teams to develop new technologies to engage and assist resource-poor youth in farming and agriculture. From September to the LEAP Finale at the Mercy Corps Action Center in Portland, Oregon on December 15th, participants will learn more about the target area of agriculture in developing countries, and will work alongside Mercy Corps to develop an innovative solution to solve a real world problem.

1st Place Prize

$3000 and Exhibit Installation at the Mercy Corps Action Center

2nd Place Prize


3rd Place Prize


FIRST Robotics provides opportunities for high school students to develop interest and skills in engineering; however, in the heat of the competition, the primary intent of this program can be obscured. As a result, we developed a program that encourages students to apply their engineering skills to real world problems, and to make a difference in their communities.

Linking Engineering and Philanthropy (LEAP) is an off season event for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams designed to get students to apply their engineering skills to real-world problems in their communities. Over the course of a three month competition beginning in September, teams research, design, and prototype a solution to a given humanitarian problem provided by a partnering nonprofit. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s more than just robots.” 

By the end of a LEAP competition, teams will have fleshed out a tangible product or design to improves their community, but LEAP has an impact far beyond the single invention that teams come up with for the competition. Once teams have competed in LEAP, they will be able to further their project and implement in their communities on a larger scale. Through LEAP, students will have the necessary experience in developing and inventing for their own community, what we like to call, "Community Engineering."