What is FRC?
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.
There are costs involved with forming a FIRST Robotics Competition team and they 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 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. We will do everything possible to make funds available to all teams who need extra help.
Registration and Starting a Team
Starting a team of your own is as easy as finding interested students and mentors, deciding upon a meeting place, and registering your team within FIRST. Resources exist to guide you through every step of the way, including Regional Directors and Senior Mentors as well as existing local teams!
For more information on starting a team and a step-by-step guide, please visit firstinspires.org