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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

What is the size of a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

A FIRST® Robotics Competition team has 10 or more high school-aged students who are willing to put in the time after school (and some weekends) to do any job the team needs to succeed.

What is the time commitment for coaches, volunteers, and team members?

As a Mentor or adult Volunteer, you should be meeting with your team at least several times per week during the build and competition season (January – April). Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You, your family, and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.

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