Start a Rhode Island FIRST* Robotics Team for students grades 7-12, for the 2013-2014 season.

Why start a FIRST Robotics Team and participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge?
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 (critical thinking, problem-solving, communications, teamwork, etc.).

Who can start a FIRST Robotics Team?
Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be from middle and high schools, home schools, after school and civic groups. Everyone in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun.  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/start-a-team.
Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than Nov 1, 2013. FIRST registration opens May 15, 2013.

When is the FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament?
The RI tournament is held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at New England Institute of Technology Automotive Campus, 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI. The event is free and open to the public.  Contact Erin Flynn at eflynn@neit.edu or 467-7744 ext 3462 for more details.

How do I offer FIRST Robotics to my Students?
Register with FIRST Robotics by November 1, 2013, registration is open now!  The cost to register your team with FIRST will be $275.00. Follow https://my.usfirst.org/ftc/tims/site.lasso to begin the process. 

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Robotics Kit?
Once your FIRST registration is paid teams purchase the kit directly from FIRST.   To review cost information go to http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/registration. One additional cost to the team is the Rhode Island tournament fee of $100.00 due to NEIT by December 1, 2013.

What if I have more questions?  Who can I talk with?
Erin Flynn from New England Institute of Technology serves as the R.I. FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner.  New England Institute of Technology serves as the state-wide sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge.  Erin can be reached at 401-738-5000 ext 3462 or eflynn@neit.edu. For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to www.usfirst.org.

*FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)