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The Varsity Team Member level requires the most amount of commitment to the team from the member. The varsity level is suited for most students whose primary focus is robotics and dedicates the majority of their time to the team. Varsity team members are selected first out of all team members to go on trips to competition and to receive special items.


  • Evaluated for travel to National Competition

  • Evaluated for travel to Regional Competitions

  • Evaluated for travel to off-season events

  • Eligible to apply for all FIRST Scholarships, Awards, and Contests

  • Eligible for Team Captain or other Group Leadership Positions

  • Eligible for Driver, Operator or Head Coach booth positions

  • Eligible to receive Sponsor or FIRST supplied items



(Categories 1-4)

  1. Participate in approximately 80% of scheduled sub-team sessions during the build season (about 12 hours per week) for Electrical, Mechanical, Programming subteams and an equivalent number of hours in the fall/build season for Business subteam. (Mentors will take attendance for their sub-team). Students may receive hours for hours outside the scheduled meeting times but must be approved by a mentor.

  2. Attend team competitions.

    • One FRC competition

  3. Full attendance at all mandatory meetings.

    • Challenge Kickoff

    • Open House

    • Sponsor event - projected for the end of the competition season

    • Full participation and attendance the week before and the week of any competition

  4. Completion of all assigned tasks


(Category 5)

  1. A key skill in the engineering and business world is project management. Distinguish yourself as a leader where you plan and carry out a project that has significance for the team. Check with mentors prior to starting. Examples include the following:

    • Product Owners

    • Mentor a Junior Varsity Member

    • Group Project - CAD, Awards, Safety, Design log, fundraising, website, etc

(Categories 6-8)

  1. The strength of the team is judged on how well teammates can explain what we do as a team, with our Robot, and of the FIRST organization. Members are expected to practice this at meetings, by explaining current challenges and successes to each other. Having an ability to explain many of the competition-robots features by the time of the competition is a key example of this. Take time to learn and share this information at competitions and outreach events.

  2. Participate in 2 of the following:

    • Participate in ‘spreading the word’ event (i.e. State Fair, DMACC STEM Day, Mentoring, FLL Regional or  State Competition, )

    • Participate in a fundraising event

    • Complete special mentor directed project

    • Mentor an FLL Team (TWO meetings).

    • Volunteer at FTC League Event (TWO Events)

  3. Two or more years of participation in ICE Robotics


(Category 9)

  1. Demonstrate a proactive effort to improve your technical abilities, business skills, and general knowledge. Acquire and improve skills in mechanical, electrical/CAD, programming or business (includes individual projects, camps).

    • Acquisition of $500 in sponsorships or its equivalent for the Robotics Team

    • Timely response to all email and action requests

Lettering Application

At the end of the build season, mentors will decide on which students letter based on attendance, performance and an application. Expectations for repeat letter-winners will increase to demonstrate growth. A letter will be based on the following:

  • Categories 1, 2, 4, and 7 - based on attendance

  • Categories 3 and 6 - based on mentor and captain observations at meetings and competitions.

  • Categories 5 and 8 - based on evidence or documentation submitted by the student that provides evidence of leadership, project management, and skills.


NOTE: Time and effort should not be heavily focused on the “look” but should reflect the learning process.

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