LEAP (Linking Engineering and Philanthropy) is an event for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams generously supported by Autodesk. It is designed to help FIRST teams apply their engineering skills to real-world problems in their communities. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s not about the robot.” 


FIRST Robotics is an amazing opportunity 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 skills to the real world.


FIRST Robotics inspires students to imagine, design, and create a better world for the next generation, LEAP gives teams a chance to put their skills to use in the real world.

By the end of a LEAP competition, teams will have fleshed out a tangible product or design to answer a customer’s needs. This in itself solves a real-world problem and improves our community, but LEAP multiplies this impact far beyond the single invention that teams come up with for the competition. Once we’ve used the structured environment of LEAP to teach the teams the process and make them believe that they can apply their skills to improve their community, they can go out and design projects of their own.  Some examples of these from our team can be found under our "Projects" pulldown above.

Watch the 2017 LEAP Kickoff

LEAP 2017 has ended!

This year's LEAP challenge was to design an exhibit or experience for OMSI's new Center for Innovation in its Mezzanine Hall, focusing on attracting and engaging teenagers. 

LEAP Schedule:

Saturday 10/21 - Kickoff at FIRSTFare at Gladstone
10/21 - 10/29 - Teams work on solutions
Sunday 10/29 - LEAP Finale at OMSI
    4:00pm Doors open at OMSI's Auditorium for setup
    4:30pm Teams randomly assigned speaking order and judge intros
    4:45pm Teams deliver their <7 minute pitches followed by Q&A, Shark Tank Style
    6:00pm (ish) Judges deliberate.  May interact briefly with teams in their “pits” if clarification needed.
    6:30pm Winners Announced
    6:40pm Teams load out


What to Bring:

  • Wear your FRC shirts

  • Eight copies of single sheet project summary.  Include at a minimum:

    • Picture of team (in FRC shirts.)

    • FRC team logo/number

    • Description of solution

    • Any other pictures or graphics

  • If using Video, PowerPoint, etc. bring a computer to project with.  Have everything downloaded, don’t assume Wi-Fi.

  • Any other models or props.

  • CAD files on flash drive (if CAD is used) to be given to judges.  Put your team number on it if you want it back.


Autodesk has generously offered $7000 in prize money to the top three winners of LEAP 2017.

The prize breakdown for the top three teams are 1st - $4000, 2nd - $2000, 3rd - $1000


Register for LEAP 2017

If you are interested in participating, but think think it is too late to join: fear not! We are still accepting teams for LEAP 2017. Please fill out the form below, and we'll plan on seeing you at the finale at OMSI on Sunday!