Start a FIRST Robotics team: FIRST does not create the teams or match children to teams. Any adult can start a team at their local level.
Starting a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team (Grades 9-12): FRC Teams can be made up of one or more high schools or youth organization(s) and there are also home-schooled teams that participate. Many FRC teams are comprised of 25 or more students (there is no maximum number of students). If you are interested in starting an FRC team, visit Start an FRC team page. If you are interested in starting/mentoring an FRC team and you are not an engineer, visit NEMO (Non-Engineering Mentor Organization) is a support group and information exchange for those adult non-engineering mentors who help teams as part of the FIRST robotics programs.
Starting a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team (Grades 9-12): FTC Teams are made up of students who are ready to take on the challenges of high school level Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts and apply them to robotics. A team of 3-10 members is recommended. If you are interested in starting an FTC team, visit Start a FTC Team to see what the first steps are.
Starting a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team (Grades 4-8): Participating in FLL is an amazing experience for both the kids and the adults involved. If you have no technical background, don’t be nervous. The team members are the ones who do the work. FLL is more of a celebration than a “competition.” Coaches help other coaches. Teams help other teams. We want everyone who participates – team member, coach, or event volunteer – to have a fulfilling experience. Click here for detailed steps on how to form and register an FLL team.
Starting a Jr. FIRST LEGO League (JFLL) Team (Grades K-3): Junior FIRST LEGO League captures the interest of the youngest learners at FIRST. Like FLL, JFLL is an amazing experience for both kids and adults involved. Click here for detailed steps on how to form a JFLL team.