How can I find an FIRST® Robotics Competition team to join?
Washington State has around 100 FIRST® Robotics Competition teams each year.
Within Washington, many FIRST® Robotics Competitions teams are formed through schools, so the first place to look for opportunities to join a team is with your child’s school. Generally, the school-based teams are open only to students attending that institution because interest often exceeds capacity. If your child’s school does not currently have a team, you may want to work with a teacher or administrator there to help form a team within the school.
Since finding an opportunity with an existing team may be difficult, many experienced coaches and parents advise families new to the program to start their own team. The benefits to your child and for those who have an opportunity to participate are well worth the effort. If you need additional resources or encouragement, contact us at FIRST® Washington.
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.
How do you join an existing FIRST® Robotics Competition team?
If your school or other organization has a FIRST® Robotics Competition team already, approach the coach to see if there is room for another student, and if the deadline has passed.
If your child’s school does not currently have a team, you may want to work with a teacher or administrator there to help form a team within the school.
I can’t find an FIRST® Robotics Competition 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.
How long is the FIRST® Robotics Competition season?
The new challenge is released to teams at kickoff in January, which starts the build season that runs through late February. Competition season starts late February and lasts through April, depending on how far your team advances.
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