FIRST Tech Challenge

Rhode Island 10th Annual FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration 2015-2016

Students in Grades 7-12

Why start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team?

Students in grades 7-12 will gain a working knowledge of the use of science and technology in the real world; increased interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEM-related careers; increased interest in school success and college-going; and gains in a number of 21st Century life and workplace skills.

Who can start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team?

Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be from middle and high schools, home school, after school and civic groups. All students in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun.   

How do I register my student team for the FIRST Tech Challenge?

The cost to register with FIRST for one season is $275.00.  Once the FIRST team registration process is complete, teams are able to order the robot kit. Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 28, 2015.

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?

Once a team’s FIRST registration is paid  the team is able to purchase the kit directly from FIRST.

Are there grants available?

This year a grant is being offered through FIRST to assist all teams with the new FTC technology transition. FIRST is offering a Technology Transition Grant to rookie teams in the amount of $575 ($275 covers registration fee + $300 covers product cost) and to veteran teams in the amount of $275 (which covers registration).

Are there additional costs?

There are costs related to participating in qualifiers and the state tournament.  The cost for a qualifier will be $40.00 per team. The cost for the R.I. State tournament is $110.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the state sponsor and host site.

Join the FIRST Family of STEM Activities in Rhode Island!

R.I. FTC encourages RI FIRST Lego League (FLL) students (ages 9-14) to “graduate” to FTC continuing their interest in FIRST and STEM activities through middle and high school.  For more information on FLL in R.I. go to

What if I have more questions?  Who can I talk with?

New England Institute of Technology serves as the state-wide sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge.     Erin Flynn, RI FTC Affiliate Partner can be reached at 401-738-5000 ext 3462 or For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to For more information on New England Tech go to

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