Starting an FTC team may seem like a daunting task, but by following these four steps and utilizing the resources found on this page, it is a very manageable process.
- Build your Team - Teams are made up of students, grades 7-12, who are ready to take on the challenges applying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics concepts to robotics. Gather team members (FTC recommends a team size of about 10 students) from your school and/or community.
- Register your Team - Once you have gathered your team, go to the Registration section for details on cost, budgeting and instructions on how to register your team.
- Enlist additional Coaches and Mentors - In FTC, the terms Coach and Mentor are used interchangeably to describe an adult team member (18+) who leads students by example. Mentors are expected to practice Gracious Professionalism® and act as positve role models for the team. Coaches and Mentors need not be technical. Additional Mentors can help with organization, provide snacks, transport youths and provide moral support. Parents and teachers make excellent Mentors and Coaches.
- Get Started - Review the materials on this website and, if possible, attend events like a kick-off, workshops and scrimmages. You will also find the following pages very helpful:
And remember, you can also contact FTC Team Support by calling (800) 871-8326 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The team support staff can answer all your questions.
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