FIRST Robotics Competition gives high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. Challenged to design and build a robot using a standard "kit of parts" and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game − with limited time − brings out the best in students and adults alike. The robot “game” changes every season and is always exciting.
FIRST redefines “winning” by rewarding teams for achievements not necessarily gained on the field of play − excellence in design, demonstrated community outreach, Gracious Professionalism®, and the ability to overcome obstacles are all recognized with awards. Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience. If you would like to start a team in your area, we welcome you and promise to provide you with all the support, ideas, and encouragement you need to succeed!
What does every FIRST Robotics Competition team need? 2 or more adult Mentors with both technical and non-technical expertise willing and motivated to “coach” the team through the build and competition season (and beyond) 10 or more high school-aged students willing to put in time after school (and maybe some weekends) and to do any job the team needs to succeed (lots of jobs available for all skill levels and interests) A suitable meeting place A suitable space to design and build an industrial-sized robot (about 150 lbs.), that has access to a variety of machine shop power tools A standard kit of parts and a common set of rules issued by FIRST A community sponsor(s) that will help fund your efforts and provide other support The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build comradery, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
Essential steps to starting a FIRST Robotics Competition team: Find support resources First, familiarize yourself with FIRST Robotics Competition. Then locate your local Partner or FIRST Senior Mentor. These people know the FIRST teams, participating schools, and FIRST-friendly businesses in your area. They can help you form a plan for getting your team funded, organized, and in touch with other teams in the area. How To Start A Team Contact Local Support Team Email Blasts Blog
Enlist Coaches & Mentors Each team needs at least one adult Mentor with technical expertise willing and motivated to “coach” the team through the build and competition season (and beyond). We highly recommended two or more other adults to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, and other tasks.
Each team needs at least one adult Mentor with technical expertise willing and motivated to “coach” the team through the build and competition season (and beyond). We highly recommended two or more other adults to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, and other tasks.
Register and Pay Registering your team’s information makes you a part of the huge FIRST Robotics Competition community. You’ll begin receiving communications from FIRST, along with a temporary team number in preparation for event registration in September. Create a team roster link to submit with your registration. (Please note that completing this stage of the process does not commit you to becoming a team.) Registering includes event registration and ordering the Kit of Parts. We’ve made it easy to pay your team’s fees with favorable terms, online payments, discounts for rookie teams, and more. Registration Pricing Structure and Payment Terms Grants Kickoff Events Regional and District Events