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Rhode Island 11th Annual

FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration


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.  The cost to register with FIRST for one season is $275.00. Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 14, 2016.

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?
Once your Team has completed all the steps necessary to create your 2016-2017 FIRST® Tech Challenge Team. (Create a profile in FIRST®, invite two Mentors/Coaches, and have both Mentors/Coaches pass Youth Protection screening) you are ready to pay your Season Registration Fee and order the necessary equipment.

Are there grants available?

Are there additional costs?
There are costs related to participating in qualifiers and the state tournament.  The cost for a R.I. FTC qualifier will be $60.00 per team. The cost for the R.I. State tournament is $150.00 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

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