Start preparing now for the adventure that begins January 6, 2018.
Play for Real!
Jump into the fun and start or join a team today!
Be part of the more than 3,600 teams in 2018 comprised of 90,000 students and their adult mentors from around the world who will get to “play for real” in FIRST® POWER UPSM
FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the MindTM, where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.
Teams work together to build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 160 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2018 FIRST® Championship, April 18 – 21 in Houston, TX and April 25 – 28 in Detroit, MI.
*Twitch will be live starting at 6:40pm Central (and probably will have an analysis of the teaser afterwards – at least they did last year)
2018 Season Event List: Visit the 2018 Season Event List to view all the events for the 2018 season and their remaining capacity. Read about additional Data Improvements for the 2018 event season in this blog post.
Is your team pre-registered for the 2018 season? Event preference selection will open on September 21st at 12:00 PM (noon) ET. Make sure that your team is ready by completing any outstanding tasks on your team’s profile. Login today and make sure two Lead Coach/Mentors are in place and screened.
The Youth Team Member Registration portion of the Dashboard will be available at the end of September. We will be sure to communicate the projected open date as soon as it is available.
A teaser for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition, you shall have. If things go as planned, we’ll be releasing it broadly at 8 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, September 14th, on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter, at a minimum. If things don’t go as planned, you will hear about it. Then we’ll hear about it.
If you are in Memphis….your team is eligible to receive funding from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to pay for part of your team registration fee ($500). If you would like to apply for a TVA grant, please review the eligibility and grant process instructions provided below. Please keep in mind that this grant is ONLY available to TVA teams that have NOT fully paid the team registration for this season. If you have already paid, your TVA grant application will be declined.
All FRC teams in the TVA Service Area (see below) are eligible for funding, which will cover part of the team registration fee only ($500).
TVA Service Area
Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and have a team number, however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
A max. of 60 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis for FRC teams.
How Can I Apply?
All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST® which can be found HERE.
How long will it take for my team to receive their grant?
FIRST will review all grant requests each Wednesday by noon, Eastern Time.
FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority to verify your team’s location within their service area. This process usually takes 48 hours.
You could see as much as 2 weeks pass between requesting your grant and receiving the funds. Please plan accordingly if you have known, critical deadlines.
Any applications from teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA service area will be declined.
How will I know when the grant is available?
FIRST will notify the team coach or mentor of record via email when the grant is available. The coach or mentor may log into the Team Registration Dashboard and will see the grant funds available in their account. If two weeks have passed since you requested your grant, please check with your team’s coach first before contacting FIRST about the status of the grant.
How can I thank Tennessee Valley Authority for their support?
It is always great to recognize and thank our sponsors for their generous assistance. You are more than welcome to acknowledge them on your robot and in your collateral. You can also send Thank You notes to this address and Christina Proulx, our FIRST® employee contact will be happy to forward along to Tennessee Valley Authority:
Attn: Christina Proulx, Stewardship and Database Specialist
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Additional Questions? Please e-mail Christina Proulx at email@example.com