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Who can start a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

Anyone with an interest in changing lives through STEM can start a team – educators, parents, anyone with the time and motivation. Most teams in Washington are school-based. Others are formed through community organizations such as 4-H, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, homeschool groups, religious organizations, and even neighborhood groups of friends. If you want to start a school-based team, contact a teacher or administrator to get started.

What is the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (YPP)?

The purpose of the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (FIRST® YPP) is to provide Coaches, Mentors, Volunteers, employees, others working in FIRST® programs, team members, parents, and guardians of team members with information, guidelines, and procedures to create safe environments for everyone participating in FIRST® programs.

The FIRST® YPP sets minimum standards recommended for all FIRST® activities. Adults working in FIRST® programs must be knowledgeable of the standards set by the FIRST® YPP, as well as those set by the school or organization hosting their team.

FIRST expects all teams in the United States and Canada to adhere to all provisions of the FIRST YPP.

What is this years challenge?

The FIRST Robotics Competition game for 2019 is called INFINITE RECHARGE. The game details have not been released to the public yet, but will be in January.

What are the minimum requirements for a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

What does every FIRST® Robotics Competition team need?

– Two 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 important 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!

What are the payment options?

FIRST® Robotics Competition invoices will go out in mid-November. You will be able to pay via check or purchase order, we do not accept credit cards.

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