Registration is OPEN! 17-18

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[image type=”none” float=”none” src=”1814″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″ icon=”info-circle” id=”” class=”” style=””]Information You Need To Know![/feature_headline][text_output]The 2017-2018 FIRST robotics season is now registering teams! The Rio Grande Valley has seen some of the biggest growth across the state of Texas this last season and we anticipate even more growth this coming season. It is important that you REGISTER ASAP to secure your slot in the region.

What do you need to know about registering?

1. Any school, after school program, church, community program or youth group can register a team. It does require two adults (primary / backup coach) that must pass a background check to work with children.

2. Grants are available for new and existing teams. There is a big emphasis on teams consisting of a majority of women. The Texas Workforce Commission and the DELL Corporation have earmarked monies specific for that.  Please consider that when you recruit the team.  If you do not have a majority of women on the team, don’t worry… there is still plenty of grants available for you. Grants can be used for registration fees, robot costs and the balance will be given to you to support the team.

3.  The Rio Grande Valley has events in a four county area. Please make sure you factor in travel within the area when you discuss it with your administrators / sponsors.

4.  Team size for FLL / FTC is restricted to no more than 15. We recommend that you limit the team size to no more than 10 as it allows a solid role for each person on the team and prevents students sitting on the sidelines. The same coach can have more than one team.

5. Scholarships are available for ALUMNI OF FIRST. Millions of dollars a year are available for those that have been on a FIRST team. Learn more about scholarships![/text_output][line id=”” class=”” style=””][feature_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″ icon=”money” id=”” class=”” style=””]How much does this cost?[/feature_headline][text_output]Do you wonder how much a team costs to operate a year? We have prepared a guide that you can use with your program administrators when discussing projected costs for each team… depending on which program you are selecting. This is just a guide and if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we will be glad to help you.  DOWNLOAD TEAM COST GUIDE[/text_output][line id=”” class=”” style=””]

[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h4″ looks_like=”h4″ icon=”lightbulb-o” id=”” class=”” style=””]Here are the FIRST programs open for registration![/feature_headline][text_output]Get pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season. In the AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge, more than 40,000 children, ages 6-10, will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource. Find out where the water you use in your daily life comes from, and what happens on its way to you. Where will this current voyage carry you?   REGISTER YOUR TEAM OR LEARN MORE[/text_output][line id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017 / 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?   REGISTER YOUR TEAM and to learn more about the FLL program, visit FIRST INSPIRES[/text_output][line id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output] The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 2017-2018 season game will be our most incredible game yet. Register your team today! Mark your calendars for the official 2017-2018 FIRST RELIC RECOVERYSM Season Kickoff and game reveal on Saturday, September 9, 2017. This is for grade levels 7-12.

To learn more about FTC, visit FIRST INSPIRES.[/text_output][line id=”” class=”” style=””]

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