FIRST Robotics

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - FIRST Robotics

 The information provided below will give you a basic understanding of the FIRST Robotics programs including costs and competitions. Additional costs for extra LEGO parts, travel, food, team shirts and other optional items will vary. Veteran teams sometimes have lower annual costs since the robot set can be used year after year.

Regional contacts

Kyle Sipe - Umatilla School District - sipek@umatillasd.org

Curt Thompson (FTC only) - Pendleton School District - curt.thompson@pendleton.k12.or.us

K-4: Jr FLL

FIRST LEGO League Jr. gives early elementary school students and their adult Coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts.”

Start-up cost: approximately $300 per team (includes team registration and kit of parts)

Challenge and Season:

The culmination of Jr. FLL is an “expo” for showcasing the project the team worked on and showing the team poster to reviewers.  These expos occur in March each year, and are typically located in the Portland Metro area.  Teams work for approximately 10 weeks to prepare.

Team Basics

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Gr 4-8: FLL

FIRST LEGO League gives elementary and middle school students and their adult Coaches the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.”

Start-up cost: approximately $900 per team (includes registration, a robot kit of parts, and a Challenge Set (formerly known as the Field Setup Kit))

Challenge and Season:

May: Registration opens and kits are sent out to teams.  (It’s okay to register later)

August 30: Global Game Challenge is released.  

September - November: Teams build and work to solve the challenge

December: Local Qualifying Tournament

January - March: Continued tournaments as teams advance

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Gr 7-12: FTC

FIRST Tech Challenge: Teams engineer a robot to solve a common challenge which is presented at an early September "Kickoff" event. The competition includes a 30 second autonomous run followed by a 2 minute driver controlled period. Robots are programmed in Android Studio. An engineering notebook documenting the progress and process the team went through is an important part of the competition.

Start-up cost: approximately $2,500 per team (includes team and event registrations, a robot kit of parts and travel)

Challenge and Season:

May: Registration opens (It’s okay to register later).

September: Game Challenge Kickoff -- Challenge details are released

September onward: Build Season

October - January: League tournaments (if participating in league play)

December or January: Qualifying Tournament (if NOT participating in a league)

February: State Championship

March: Super Regional Championship

April: World Championship

Team Basics

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Gr 9-12: FRC

FIRST Robotics Competition gives high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.”  FIRST presents a common challenge each year as in FTC and FLL but the robots and playing fields are larger and build time is limited to six (6) weeks.  This should be considered a varsity level sport.

Annual cost: approximately $13,000 per team (includes national and regional registrations, a robot kit of parts that is picked up in Spokane and travel) The kit is minimal and teams should plan on additional expenses for robot parts. The kit is not reused from year to year.

Challenge and Season:

January: Game challenge announced, teams pick up kits and begin design and build process

February: Six-week build time ends and teams begin competing locally.

April: World Championship

Team Basics

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