To officially join RatPack, there are 6 fairly simple steps.
You will need:
Parent contact information
Credit card information
As a member of ratpack, whether you are a new or returning student, you must complete these steps. The entire process can be done online in one sitting. If you have any questions or would like to work with us one-on-one, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Google Group for RatPack (email distribution list)
Consent and release form (online form)
Team Registration (online form)
Register with FIRST (through STIMS, Student Team Information Member System. This opens in late September! Please don't try to do this now!)
- Team Fee ($250 per student, paid annually)
Looking for middle school robotics?
RatPack is for students in 9th-12th grade. For students in 6th-8th grade, check out our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 7305, the GearCats! RatPack works very closely with the GearCats and it is a great first step into the FRC world. With mentors and student mentors from this team running the program, we do our best to educate FTC students on FIRST, robotics, STEAM, and engineering.
1. Join the RatPack Google Group
One of our primary methods of communication outside of meetings is by email. We send out updates, surveys, meeting times, and other important information out through here. Please click the button below, sign into Google, and request to join the Google Group. When prompted, please select "Send me an email for every new message."
Visit our Contact page for a list of other contacts.
2. Fill out our Consent & Release Form
We want to make sure everyone is covered, and, in the case that anything should happen, we want to know exactly how to react. Here is an online form for the 2017 FRC Season.
3. Fill out our Team Registration Form
An online form for the 2017/18 FRC Season. This helps us get to know you and how to best make contact and to assist you in signing up for the subteam of your choice.
NOTE: The subteam interest form only needs to be filled out by new members. In addition, the subteam you sign up for is not permanent and you may switch, but to reduce confusion please try to avoid this.
4. Register with FIRST
Join FRC Team 830, the RatPack
Note: this does not open until late September. We will let you/your child know when you can fill this out, but for now, just revel in the fact that you don't have to fill this out!
We are thrilled to know you are interested in FIRST. And, of course, so is FIRST! They have a super-duper official registration process for you to go through. Click an image below for a helpful slideshow tutorial.
5. Team Fee
Sadly, robots aren't free. This is an online transaction (if you prefer to make payment through cash or check, send us an email with your specific information).
The team fee is $250.00 for one year.
For students who were on the team last year (2016-2017) there is an option to get a rebate of $100.00. Please do not select this option if you were not on the team during the FIRST Steamworks season. If you select the rebate option, please enter your address so we can mail you the $100.00 rebate.
6. High Five
Wow! That was a lot of forms. That needs a high five, wouldn't you think?