What does it cost to participate? 

There are costs involved with fielding a FIRST Tech Challenge team and they can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses.

Registration fee Sponsorship by SAIMC:

  • The FIRST Tech Challenge registration for South African teams is generously sponsored by the Society for Automation Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SIAMC). Based on the followiung Conditions:

    • The team need to put up an FTC SAIMC banner (Supplied by us) at their Robotics Workshop.
    • The team need to put a SAIMC Logo on their Robot
    • The team need to mentions SAIMC as one of their sponsors on their social and printed media

Here are some basic cost parameters: 

  • International team registration varies by location. (T & C’s Apply)

  • Event registration is generally between R 1000 – R3 000 per team, depending on the event.

  • The average season costs per, including: team registration, a robot kit of parts, event registration, travel, and additional costs for rookie teams is approximately R 7 000 – R 20 000.

  • The robot kit of parts is reusable each season, so veteran teams can expect to pay less.

  • FIRST offers many fundraising tools and teams are encouraged to create their own opportunities. Grants may also be available, as well as sponsorship’s provided locally, regionally and nationally by many corporations.

  • All costs for individual team members are assumed by the team as a group.