Introduction: How to Join a F.I.R.S.T Robotics Team


FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the like of engineers and researchers can be.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time-frame using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions. There are over $9 million in schollarship opportunities available to accomplished team members from nationally acclaimed academic associations and universities.

FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last. official website for the united states website for my team #1557

Step 1: Why You Should Join a Team

Our world is changing very rapidly; today's youth must be prepared for the workforce of tomorrow. More prepared students lead to increased industry coming to the united states which makes for a better community where students can raise their future families, and not have to leave the area.

you might be worried about people calling you a "geek" or "nerd" but they are just missing out on all the opportunities that you will have there is over 9 million dollars in schollarships vailable! (a great forum with lots of info)

and just think you could be building a super awsome robot instead of sitting inside playing video games and getting fat!

Step 2: If You Dont Think You Can

That's okay, this isn't really about building robots. It an educational, life-changing project disguised as a competition. Our real mission is to encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology; wemust if we expect to keep our lead as the world's innovative leader.

So, how do we do that? By the lessons they will learn while building the robot, and during the "off season" wen we do not compete. Students are mentored in concepts like:

Project Management

Process Engimeeriong

Creative Problem Solving

Team building


How to run a business

And many other skills lacking in today's educational environment

Step 3: How to Join a Team

first you should go to and click on the link that says "Get Involved" or click the link that says "what events or teams are in my area" then follow the steps

there will always be a need for more members on every team you may even have to chose between several teams in your area

almost every team is willing to accommodate new members and would gladly get you in touch with other teams or give you more information

Step 4: Not in High School?

thats okay you could always join a first lego league team FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14 (16 outside of the U.S. and Canada).

Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids:

  • Research and solve a real-world problem based on the Challenge theme
  • Present their research and solutions
  • Build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts

Using the yearly Challenges, FLL:

  • Entices kids to think like scientists and engineers
  • Provides a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience
  • Teaches kids to experiment and overcome obstacles
  • Builds self-esteem and confidence
  • Inspires kids to participate in science and technology

No matter what the child’s subject interest, FLL offers an opportunity for engagement. Whether it is by creativity, technology, or research, FLL dares kids to test, explore, expand, or completely change thoughts and approaches for different sciences each year.

Step 5: First Tech Challenge

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics Competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.

In 2005, FIRST and RadioShack teamed up to present the FIRST Vex Challenge (FVC) demonstration at the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, GA. The purpose of the FVC demonstration tournament was to stimulate and explore interest in FIRST Vex competitions. The event was an overwhelming success. FIRST began a full pilot of the program during the 2005-2006 FIRST season. After two years as a pilot program, the FIRST Board of Directors approved FVC as an official FIRST program, changing the name to FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in 2007.

During the first official season, FTC grew to 799 teams and 31 official events, reaching about 8,000 students across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In 2008 a new kit of parts was developed and showcased at the FTC World Championship in Atlanta. The new kit is more powerful and has more options. It also allows for a smoother transition from FLL into FTC by using the same NXT controller FLL teams have been using for a number of seasons. FTC will use the new kit beginning in the 2008 season.

Step 6: How to Join Team 1557

Lake County Robotics is the official team (#1557) in our county, as recognized by F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an International Organization. Team #1557 launched in 2004 and has been one of the more successful teams in the state. We are also a part of the Educational Foundation of Lake County in florida, allowing donations to be tax-deductible.

Currently our team is open to all high school students (public, private or home-schooled) living in Lake County; but our dream is to have this program in all our schools (elementary, middle and high) within the next few years.

We consist of students, teachers, parents, and mentors; volunteers who brin a wide variety of skill sets to the team. While we are centered around building a robot to enter in one of the many Frst Regional Competitions (FRC), the impact in the students is much, much more.

So, who are we really? We believe we are a partial answer to what is ailing our schools and students; a way to merge classroom education with hands-on experience . . . A wonderful challenge to our youth for tomorrow.

if you live in florida and would like to join team 1557 go to


dammyen made it!(author)2013-12-04

MisCar 1574 to show that the FIRST community is alive and kicking outside the USA..

Mentor -

thebeef2 made it!(author)2011-10-20

Go Wildstang!!! Team 111

AudioMaximus made it!(author)2012-04-19

I met your mentor, Al, last year at St. Louis. One of the nicest guys I have ever talked to.

AudioMaximus made it!(author)2012-04-19

My team is 1676, the Pascack Pi-oneers.
Hope everyone is having a good season! Anyone going to St. Louis for the World Championships next week? I'll see you there!

Derpancakes made it!(author)2012-03-02

Team 2838 Eaglebots are clearly the best with our Yoshipotamous.........

hintss made it!(author)2011-08-14

we sucked. our robot literally fell apart during the round...

jcksparr0w made it!(author)2012-02-20

ouch dude. best thing to do is rebuild it and learn from mistakes

jcksparr0w made it!(author)2012-02-20

woohoo someone smart does it again! i always wondered if there was a instructable for this. kudos for getting more people to join us robot geeks!
GO TEAM 1519!!!!!

Aron313 made it!(author)2012-01-19

I love robotics. i wish i lived in Florida!

cfilloux made it!(author)2011-12-22

Go Team 751!!!

pconrader made it!(author)2011-11-15

I'm a mentor for FRC Team 1557 and FTC 5012. Our program is still going strong and we are always looking for new members. We compete in FIRST robotics competitions. We also participate in community outreach programs on a regular basis.

One of the biggest misconceptions about robotics is that you have to be super smart and interested in robotics or computers to be a member. Fact is, our mentors and students work with new members to show them how the program works. We need team members that are interested in areas such as website design, computer graphics, marketing, creative writing, social media, videography, public relations, leadership, project management, computer programming, engineering, electrical wiring, and mechanics.

The environment of FIRST Robotics is like no other extra curricular activity or sport. You learn through hands-on experience. You also get to work in a setting that is similar to corporate america. You work with deadlines and have to depend on team mates to complete a challenge so you can compete against other teams.

If you are a high school student living in Lake County, Florida and think you have what it takes to be a member of our team, we invite you to join our FIRST Robotics team.

bovlch made it!(author)2011-07-02

Team 3492 Robogens. We had extremely aggressive defense because if our main driver being a senior football player. This got us picked in the #1 seeding alliance in Pittsburgh and our alliance went on to win the finals. Worlds was amazing, especially considering that we were a rookie team.

thingygoboom made it!(author)2010-12-20

Almost everything's better smaller.

Nerd+Herd+Member made it!(author)2010-09-12

Team 422! 2nd at trenton last year!

Argon27 made it!(author)2010-03-25

 W00t! Rookie team #3189! Go Circuit Breakers! Best of luck to you all in Breakaway! XD Hey are you okay if I work on expanding this into how to start an FRC team?

mattccc made it!(author)2010-03-13

go team 2826

altoids3572 made it!(author)2010-02-09

team 537, sussex, WI. hamilton high school!!

J-Manoo7 made it!(author)2009-12-01

hey from team 3486 FTC Brandon, MS!

djshortstuff made it!(author)2009-11-19

Team 399!

0xCyrusx0 made it!(author)2009-11-03

Informative. Member of team 2328 here.

yougotkicked made it!(author)2009-10-26

props from team # 2129,  Team Ultraviolet, Southwest High, Minneapolis, MN.

besttarzan made it!(author)2009-06-27

Hey I'm from team 1289, the GearHeadz (yes i know there are a few other teams called gearheads but i think, I'm not sure, we are the only one that spells it with a "z" at the end) in Lawrence, MA. You should try to check your spelling in this instructable. But overall its a good instructable.

BEAST14 made it!(author)2009-05-31

Hey, this is cool, I'm on team 1959. We're from Blythewood, SC.

YummyPancakes made it!(author)2008-08-29

Or you could join your school's robotics club


JZ+Price made it!(author)2009-04-29

robotics club will never be as cool as FIRST.

robotguy4 made it!(author)2009-05-15

No no no, you're doing it wrong!

Robotics team! TEAM! Not club, TEAM! That makes your club like x100 cooler (and productive... Maybe).

JZ+Price made it!(author)2009-05-15

im saying that FIRST (made of 1000+ robotics teams) is better than "robotics club"

robotguy4 made it!(author)2009-05-16

Oh... Yeah, you're right. I thought your "club" needed a quick rebranding... Clubs require pizza. Teams require commitment AND Pizza.

JZ+Price made it!(author)2009-05-17

how true good sir, how true

idy26 made it!(author)2009-03-29

No No No, you've got it all wrong. 949 has been around longer and should therefore be hailed. GO BELLEVUE WOLVERINES!

taracor made it!(author)2009-04-29

Dude, yes!, You guys rule!

idy26 made it!(author)2009-05-05

Thank you

taracor made it!(author)2008-07-25

You guys go to Portland last year? (#360 in WA)

warhound made it!(author)2009-04-29

Hi 360! -from team 753!

taracor made it!(author)2009-04-29

Hey! Did we possibly see you guys in Atlanta this year?

warhound made it!(author)2009-04-30

yup yup! we hung out with a few of your members during the saturday night thing too.

JZ+Price made it!(author)2009-04-29

im on team 1980, and this was my last year. this was the first year that i had responcibleitys, and this was the first year that i realy cared, i will miss being a student in such a great program. i will try to mentor, but i don't see how i will ever have the same amount of time that i have in the last year to commit to this.

Xerillum made it!(author)2009-03-16

All hail team 1306!

corrysoccer16 made it!(author)2009-03-01

Good job I am on a FIRST team currently (team 306) and good job trying to get kids to join FRC and FLL

The+Sensei made it!(author)2009-02-25

I'e been in FIRST for three years now and I have to say that it is just too awesome! I'm from team 1990 and to any others on FIRST teams, we'll be at the Buckeye and Pittsburgh regionals this year. Go Emerald Calvary!!!

Cada+Emerson made it!(author)2009-01-11

Two years ago I went to a FIRST Robotics Competition. My school does robotics, and I was in it. It was the AWESOMENESS thing ever! I quit after that, but next school year I'm going to join back in again. My team is Team 675!

junits15 made it!(author)2008-10-22

i was on the F.I.R.S.T Lego leauge it was so fun

baconmanx9 made it!(author)2008-10-10

great instructable, very informative and good for recruiting people. its a great program, just not many people know about it Im part of team #103 cybersonics just finished the new beta control system and were demonstrating them at the newbrunswick eruption

skyrunner06 made it!(author)2008-10-10

i remember you guys blue and silver right? we broke your forks at the Florida regional! in the quarter finals

baconmanx9 made it!(author)2008-10-13

aw, well get u back this year, lol. yea what team are u? were pretty good 7th best in the world. plus longest regional winning streak in philly. you guys experimenting with the new beta controls?

skyrunner06 made it!(author)2008-10-13

1557 12voltbolt we have gotten to the quarter finals every year... no we are not we dident have the time to devote to it

baconmanx9 made it!(author)2008-10-14

kool, they are pretty sick. but yea its time consuming, and the FRC have not presented us with the proper legal documents to continue with the camera.. they should not have released them yet.. im just looking forward to the new game

agent made it!(author)2008-09-27

Team 93, N.E.W. Apple Corp. :P We won Minnesota regional lasts year.

DarkStarPDX made it!(author)2008-07-25

Are there any organizations or club groups for people no longer in college? I'm 27 and would love to get into a group to participate in robotics competitions like these, but I haven't had any luck finding local groups (via Craigslist, etc).

Roflolommo made it!(author)2008-08-25

darpa grand challenge its not super similiar to first but its pretty frigging cool

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