FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

checkbox gold  Design, build, and program robots
checkbox gold  Apply real-world math and science concepts
checkbox gold  Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
checkbox gold  Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
checkbox gold  Compete for a spot in the World Championship
checkbox gold  Qualify for over $13.5 million in college scholarships


Save the date! The 2014-2015 FTC Game is revealed each year at Kickoff.  This year, Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, at 12 p.m. (ET).  The reveal will happen at live kickoff events around the world on that date.  Find a kickoff near you or visit this page to hold your own kickoff!

Hints as to what the game may (or may not) be are revealed on the FTC Blog beginning in August.

But do not wait until Kickoff to start building your team and robot.  The Spring and Summer months are great times to form your team, get training in programming and design, and to become familiar with the kit of parts.  You can find a variety of training and technical resources in the Team Resources and Mentor Resources sections of this site.



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