FAQ: Coaching
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When does FIRST® Robotics Competition happen?

Each January FIRST®, our parent organization headquartered in New Hampshire, provides teams across the globe with a new challenge that focuses on real-world issues that scientist and engineers are facing today. They have six weeks to plan, design, build, and program a robot to compete with and against other teams and their robots. Competition season lasts from late February through April.

Where can I find more resources for this years challenge?

The FIRST Robotics Competition 2019 game has not been released to the public yet but will be in January. When released, you can find resources in the national FIRST resource library.

Who can coach a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

Teachers, parents, and technology professionals all make excellent coaches. The coach must be 18 years or older and should have the desire to explore side-by-side with students and have good communication, prioritizing, and multitasking skills. The coach’s role is to facilitate instruction and optimize the learning experience of the team members by allowing independent thought. Direct adult involvement or intervention during the problem-solving process is strongly discouraged.

Coaches handle all the operational details: where and when to meet, organizing help for snacks, team costumes, etc. Coaches do not need technical expertise, but must be willing to acquire some basic knowledge of the program.

Are there any special skills required to participate?

The really cool thing about FIRST® Robotics Competition is that all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills to succeed, so what are you good at? We have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.

Student team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like programming, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and many more. FIRST® Robotics Competition welcomes every student, with or without special skills. Like our Mentors say, “This is the only sport where if you show up, you can play.”

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® Robotics Competition teams participating?

Judges for FIRST® Robotics Competition select team award recipients through interaction with teams, review documentation regarding team background information to familiarize judges with teams, and serve as role models for the students. Judges have the ability to positively impact quality of event and have an opportunity to coach students on career paths.

Here are descriptions of the awards that are based upon team attributes.

Here are descriptions of the awards that are based upon machine, creativity, and innovation.

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