High School Students

What We Offer

Stellar Robotics offers programs for high school age students through the FIRST® organization in two categories:

Member Responsibilities

Membership on a Stellar Robotics high school team includes the following requirements:

  • attendance
  • fundraising
  • parent or guardian support/volunteerism

Team Size

  • There is no limit to the number of students who can participate on the FRC team. The scope and depth of potential team activity is nearly limitless. There is, however, a logical limit on how many hands can work on a robot at one time. Not every student operates the robot.
  • FIRST limits the number of students per FTC team to 15.

Number of Teams

Stellar Robotics currently offers

  • one FRC team
  • one FTC team

Technical mentors in all areas are needed for FRC. Non-technical mentors are also needed for FRC and the overall Stellar Robotics organization. 

Additional FTC teams are possible when we have sufficient coaches/mentors available. Two per team are required, but more are definitely helpful. If you are interested in team membership for your student, we strongly urge you to consider signing up as a coach/mentor and recruiting technical mentors from among your acquaintance. You will receive assistance from veteran coaches. No mentors, no teams.

FRC Season

FRC pre-season begins in September and runs through December. Kick-off for the actual build season is the first non-holiday Saturday in January. Build season is six weeks, and then we compete in March and April. Off-season activities, including some competitions, take place May-August.

FTC Season

The FTC season begins in August and runs through the fall. Some events may carry over into winter. In addition, when teams qualify, they may participate in the international championship event, which takes place in Detroit, MI in April of each year.

Other FRC Program Details

  • On and off field competition
  • Scholarship opportunities (technical and non-technical fields)
  • Team travel
  • Intern possibilities
  • Design, build, program, and operate a robot to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format

Other FTC Program Details

  • On and off field competition
  • Scholarship opportunities (technical and non-technical fields)
  • Design, build, program, and operate a robot to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format

FRC Learning Opportunities

  • design
  • strategy
  • brainstorming
  • prototyping
  • CAD
  • machining
  • assembly
  • electrical
  • pneumatics
  • programming
  • public speaking
  • marketing
  • web design
  • writing
  • finance
  • administration
  • graphics
  • videography
  • statistics
  • leadership
  • photography

and more!

FTC Learning Opportunities

  • design
  • strategy
  • brainstorming
  • prototyping
  • assembly
  • electrical
  • programming
  • public speaking
  • marketing

and more!

How and When to Apply to FRC

Students can join the high school team at any time. The best time to join is when you can attend a competition and catch the excitement. We typically compete in

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • September

Apply for FRC

How and When to Apply to FTC

  • Apply by the end of July for the season beginning in August.
  • First come, first served.
  • We maintain a waiting list in case a student drops out or is unable to attend.
  • Apply for FTC

Questions?