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.
What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® Robotics Competition event?
All official rules for the current season are in the Game & Season Manual released at Kickoff.
The rules for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game will be released with the game in January 2020.
What is the cost of a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?
The cost can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses.
Here are some basic cost parameters:
– There are never any “per student” fees; all costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group.
– The annual fees for team registration, a robot kit of parts, and event participation are $5,000 – $6,000. Additional costs for travel, food, team shirts and other optional items will vary.
– FIRST offers many fundraising opportunities and teams are encouraged to create their own. Grants are also available, as well as sponsorships provided locally, regionally and nationally by many corporations.
– FIRST believes that no team that wants to participate should have to bow out due to lack of resources. We will do everything possible to make funds available to all teams who need extra help.
What is the FIRST® Robotics Competition Challenge?
FIRST® Robotics Competition brought to you by FIRST® Washington, is designed for youths ages 14-18 and grades 9-12. Often referred to as a Sport for the Mind, FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigor of science and technology. With strict rules, limited resources and time, students are tasked with the challenge of creating an industrial-size robot to compete; they must build and program the robot to compete and cooperate with other teams. Teams must also work on raising funds, designing and maintaining a team “brand”, and improving teamwork skills. The students are mentored by professionals of many fields who volunteer their time and talents to help them succeed