FIRST® Tech Challenge teams design and build a robot using a reusable kit of parts and compete within a common set of game rules to play an exciting field game and complete the specific season challenge. The robot game changes every season and is always a blast!
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.
Essential steps to starting a FIRST® Tech Challenge team
Gather support resources
Familiarize yourself with FIRST® Tech Challenge by checking out the materials on our website and social media pages. Then locate your region’s Program Delivery Partner or FIRST® Senior Mentor. These people know the FIRST® teams, participating schools, and FIRST®-friendly businesses in your area. He or she can help you form a plan for getting your team funded, organized, and in touch with other teams in the area.
Enlist Coaches & Mentors
Each team needs two or more adult lead coaches/mentors who are willing and motivated to coach the team through the build and competition season and beyond. Other adults can volunteer to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, technical skills, and other tasks. Most teams meet once to twice a week during the build and competition season, which typically runs from September through January depending on your region.
Once registered, your team becomes a part of the worldwide FIRST® Tech Challenge community. You’ll begin receiving communications from FIRST®Tech Challenge, along with a temporary team number in preparation for event registration in the fall. (Please note that, until you click submit, you are not committed to becoming a team.)
Build your team
Find and invite a few students (maximum 15) who want to be part of a robotics team. Be sure to emphasize that no technical skills are required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Recruit all kinds of talents, not just engineering and electrical.
Review Mentor and Team Resources
Part of the fun is designing and building your robot and FIRST® provides a wealth of information in our Resource Library to help you. Find everything from technical guides, to fundraising ideas, and helpful build videos.
- Team Management Resources
- Robot Building Resources
- Robot Programming Resources
- Connect with the FIRST® Tech Challenge Community