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Rhode Island 13th Annual FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration 2018-2019

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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. Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October  2018.

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?
Teams can order their robot supplies in the Team Information Management System (TIMS) in what is called the “FTC Storefront”. This will combine their registration payment and kit of parts fees together, requiring only one bill and automatically deducting any awarded grants from the final total. In the FTC Storefront, teams will have several options of what to buy.

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 $75.00 per team. The cost for the R.I. State tournament is $175.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the state sponsor and host site.

 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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