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FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration

Students in Grades 7-12

Why start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team for the 2014-2015 season?
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 Tech Challenge Robotics Team?
Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be formed in middle and high schools, home school, after school and civic groups. All students in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun.

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

How do I register my student team for the FIRST Tech Challenge?
The cost to register your team with FIRST for one season will be $275.00.    Registration opens Wednesday May 14, 2014! The sooner your team registers the better! Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 28, 2014.

Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?
Once your FIRST registration is paid you are able to purchase the kit directly from FIRST.  To review costs visit Kit pricing for the 2014-2015 FTC Season

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 and the cost for the R.I.  State tournament will be $110.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the host site.

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 For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to



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