FAQ: Teams
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How old does my child need to be to join a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

The FIRST® Robotics Competition program is designed for young people ages 14-18 and grades 9-12.

I can’t find a team near me. Can I start one?

Absolutely, the easiest way to join a FIRST® Robotics Competition program is to start your own team. Ask your principal if your school has a team; if not, encourage your principal to identify a teacher who would be willing to start a team with your help as a team volunteer. Please let your principal know that FIRST® is a collaborative partnership with private industry professionals and educators to inspire young people towards STEM.

If a school-based team is not a possibility, you may find another youth-focused organization that can help. Scouts, 4-H and other clubs may also support FIRST® teams.

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.

How old does my child need to be to join a FIRST® Tech Challenge team?

The FIRST® Tech Challenge program is designed for young people ages 12-18 and grades 7-12.

I can’t find a team near me. Can I start one?

Absolutely, the easiest way to join a FIRST® Tech Challenge program is to start your own team. Ask your principal if your school has a team; if not, encourage your principal to identify a teacher who would be willing to start a team with your help as a team volunteer. Please let your principal know that FIRST® is a collaborative partnership with private industry professionals and educators to inspire young people towards STEM.

If a school-based team is not a possibility, you may find another youth-focused organization that can help. Scouts, 4-H and other clubs may also support FIRST® teams.

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