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    "The secret of building a successful team is not to assemble the largest team possible, but rather to assemble a team that can work well together." - Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

    FIRST does not impose a required structure on FRC teams other than having adults designated as the Main, Alternate and Shipping Contacts.  Each FRC team is free to organize themselves as they see fit, and as a result, every FRC team is unique unto itself!

    Teams may be as small as fewer than ten or as large as over fifty students.  Teams may be school, community, organization, or business based with supporting sponsors ranging from a single individual to major corporations.  Teams will often form sub-teams to meet the challenges of specific tasks in building the robot or to concentrate on specialty areas such as animation, web site, computer aided design (CAD), team business planning / fundraising, branding, marketing and promoting both the team and the robot, etc.  FRC teams are composed of students from all backgrounds and cultures, along with adult volunteer mentors who are engaged in both engineering and non-engineering professions.  With over 4,000 teams worldwide, FRC teams represent a diverse cross-section of our global society.

    There are nearly 60 teams in Illinois from as far North as Gurnee and Rockton to Mt. Vernon in the South, from Alton and Quincy in the West to Champaign-Urbana in the East.