FIRST Combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
Several days per week January - April.
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 range from $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. They will do everything possible to make funds available to all teams who need extra help.
Teams of 10 or more students and at least 2 volunteer professional mentors.