In past years student team members have been required to submit a non-refundable registration fee/dues of $300 per student, however with the uncertainties surrounding this season due to COVID-19, the initial registration fee will be $50 per student. Additional dues (not to exceed the original $300 in total) may be required later in the season depending on changing plans by FIRST, FIRST North Carolina, etc.
Checks (made out to Port City Robotics) can be mailed to:
Port City Robotics
1319 Military Cutoff Rd.
Suite CC#169
Wilmington, NC 28405
Through a generous donation from Corning, Port City Robotics can offer some scholarships each year to cover dues. Requests for scholarships should be made in person to the Wired Wizards Coach.

Travel & Accommodations

Students are responsible for travel costs and must travel with the team using the team’s accommodations. Community fundraising, sponsorship and non- profit status will be used to help reduce that cost as much as possible. In a normal season, plan to budget approximately $600 for travel to two District events and the NC State Championships. World Championships will be addressed with separate fundraising and have an estimated cost of $1300 per student before fundraising.

Unfortunately, the 2020-2021 season is far from normal.  As of October 2020, no District Events are planned for the 2021 season.  The team members will be notified (probably in January) if FIRST decides to allow competitions that require travel.


Students are responsible for their own budgets for food during travel. Restaurant selection will happen 1-2 weeks prior to travel to assist in budgeting.

We ask that students/parents assist in providing snacks throughout the build weeks and a potluck lunch on Saturday build days. More information and  signup sheet will be distributed closer to build season.

Other Costs

It is still the intention of Wired Wizards to have students and mentors work throughout the year to minimize the financial burden as much as possible across the board. Through our wonderful sponsors, family, and friends we have been incredibly blessed to reduce the total costs to a bare minimum in years past.

Fund Allocations throughout the year have the following budgetary priorities:

  • District Event Registration ($5,000) [Cortech Solutions, Duke Energy]
  • Dues Sponsorship ($500) [Corning]
  • Robot, Pit, Cart Build Expenses ($2,500) [Corning, Dues]
  • District Travel Sponsorships ($2,000) [TBD]
  • State Event Registration ($4,000) [TBD]
  • State Travel Sponsorships ($1,000) [TBD]
  • World Championships Registration ($5,000) [Qualcomm]
  • World Championships Travel Sponsorships ($4,500) [TBD]
  • District Event Travel 1 ($5,000) [TBD]
  • District Event Travel 2 ($5,000) [TBD]
  • State Event Travel ($5,000) [TBD]
  • World Championships Travel ($15,000) [TBD]