Parent Resources

This sections contains information and links to help guide parents through the experience of having a child on a FIRST Tech Challenge team.

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

Watch the video below and read about Getting Involved with FIRST Tech Challenge.

What makes FIRST Tech Challenge great for teens?

  • Teamwork Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Life Skills

What about FIRST Scholarships?

Many colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to high school students on FIRST teams - totaling over 13.5 million for FIRST Tech Challenge students! Learn more and how to apply for FIRST Scholarships.

There's a lot to learn. Where do I start?

Read more Parent-geared information or connect with a FIRST Tech Challenge Representative in your area. We also recommend you check out the FIRST Non-Engineering Mentor Organization.

How do I get my child on a Team?

Contact a FIRST Tech Challenge Representative in your area.

Learn more about the Youth Protection Program.

Instructions on using the Student Team Information System for parents.

What is the cost?

Teams create a budget and fundraise throughout the season to cover their costs. On our page What Does it Cost? you can view a sample season budget and learn about the reusable kit of parts options.

What is the Season Schedule like?

The season runs from Kickoff in Spetember through World Championship in April, but Teams often work year round. You can read more on the Season Timeline page.

How can I help?

You can support your student's involvement in FIRST Tech Challenge in a variety of ways. Volunteer, become a Coach or Mentor (you will need to connect with a FIRST Tech Challenge Representative in your area), or Start a Team.

Stay connected!

Follow our YouTube Channel, Twitter feed, Google+ page, Blog, or Facebook page. Welcome to the FIRST Tech Challenge community!