Learn everything you can about FIRST and the FIRST Robotics Competition before committing to forming a team. Find a local team or two, talk to them, and follow their progress through a season. Attend at least one regional competition (like theOklahoma City Regional) to gauge the impact of the competition for yourself. Plan to meet with the team leaders and students, speak with their sponsors, and see robots first-hand.
Once you’re ready to start an FRC team at your school, start developing partnerships that will supply your team with mentors and sponsors. Local manufacturing and technology companies are ideal sources of mentors and sponsors, as are local technical schools, colleges, and universities. Many local chapters of professional science and engineering organizations support FIRST through volunteer help from their engineers, scientists, and technologists.
If you are unsure where to start, please contact Harold Holley, Regional Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can also be found at http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/start-a-team