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Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi

Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge

Start a team:

Once you have decided to start a team the following steps should allow you to get through all of the important points. If you are a rookie team (first time) please explore the grant opportunities at FIRST Tech Challenge Grants.

  1. Make sure you have a group of students ready. If the students are new to FIRST® or competitive technology, based programs and under the age of 13, you may want to consider FIRST Lego League. Click here to learn more about FIRST Lego League.
  2. An adult who will act as a main contact and is able to communicate through email is important. Almost all information about the program comes through email. Regular reading of these updates will make a team more successful.
  3. School affiliation is not required but a central organization where students meet and work on their machine is important. To simulate the playing field a 12 foot by 12 foot area should be available at times, especially close to the date of an event.
  4. When registering through TIMS, you will be asked to pay your registration fee.
  5. Once paid, you will be given your official team number. This number will stay with the team each year.
  6. Contact Mannie Lowe by email ( or by phone (662.915.6621) to let us know that you are registered through TIMS. Mannie Lowe will then provide you with further instructions via email.

points to consider:


When starting a team, it is important to consider the costs. A few cost that will be incurred by starting a new team could be, but are not limited to: team registration through FIRST®, Robotics Kit (may receive grant), state fee, T-Shirts, Travel, Practice Field and parts.

Engineering Notebook

Some rookie teams choose not to maintain an engineering notebook. Many of the awards are based on the information contained in the book. Make a strong effort to have the team use the book daily and contain meaningful information about the design/engineering process that the students used. More information about this will be in your teams manual.

Keep in Touch

There are several ways to communicate and learn things about FIRST Tech Challenge. Updates will be emailed to the team's main contact. Please be sure to look for these emails and share any pertinent information with the team. In addition, FIRST® has an official forum for FIRST Tech Challenge.

For more information, please contact Mannie Lowe at or 662.915.6621.