FAQ: Mentors

Are there any special skills required to participate?

All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical and non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills to succeed, so what are you good at? Chances are we have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.

Student and adult 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® Tech Challenge welcomes every student, with or without special skills.

How do I register my team for FIRST® Tech Challenge?

You begin the two-level registration process with national FIRST® registration. When you complete the short process (around 20 minutes) and pay your registration fee, you will receive:

– An official team number
– Coaches’ Handbook

Fee: $275 per season

Once your team is registered with FIRST® nationally, the coach or team representative must register with FIRST® Washington, your local organization. Washington registration opens in September.

Fee: $925 per season

You can find these steps to register on the Get Started page on this website.

Students must register themselves in the team profile each year, to create a network between all competing members, and to ensure all the necessary paperwork is completed.

How long is the season?

The FIRST® Tech Challenge season kicks off in September, the competition season begins in November and can last throughout April depending how much your team advances.

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

Mentors or adult Volunteers meet with their team at least once per week during the build and competition season (September – 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.

What kind of training resources are needed for FIRST® Tech Challenge coaches and mentors?

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