FIRST Robotics Competition | Ages 14-18

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology

We call FIRST® Robotics Competition a unique sport where every kid who plays can "turn pro." High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Registration for the 2019 season has closed, but we can’t wait for you to join us next season!

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Student working with robot on FIRST Robotics Competition field

Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships.


Students operating robots on FIRST Robotics Competition field

Teams design, build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.


Student team members cheering at FIRST Robotics Competition field.

Volunteer mentors lend their time and professional talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.


What makes a team?

A team consists of students ages 14-18 willing to put in time after school, and to do any job to help their team succeed (lots of jobs available for all skill levels and interests), plus adult mentors with both technical and non-technical expertise motivated to “coach” the team through build and competition season (and beyond).

Then what happens?

The “official season” begins early in January when the season’s Challenge is announced at a Kickoff ceremony. Teams are then given limited time to create their robot. District and regional competition events start in late February and continue through April. Teams that qualify are invited to FIRST Championship, held at the end of April.

What does it cost?

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. All costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group. FIRST offers many fundraising tools, and grants may also be available, as well as sponsorships.

"Helping students understand that their future does not have to look like their present is extremely important to me as an educator. In our community, we have many talented and intelligent kids, who simply don’t understand the breadth of careers that are available, let alone aspire to attain success in those careers.”

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