The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®)

  • Provides affordable, accessible opportunities to compete head to head using an exciting sports model
  • Offers students a chance to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles

How FTC Works

  • Grades 7-12
  • About 10 students per team
  • 2 to 3 Mentors per team
  • Teams use a modular robotics platform to design, build, and compete in a FIRST-designed game
  • Includes schools, home schools, after-school groups, churches, civic organizations, neighborhood groups
  • Corporate Sponsors
  • Sports-like events with judges and awards
  • Up to 48 teams per event

What FTC Offers

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Gain hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Document the engineering process
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Learn about Gracious Professionalism®
  • Compete and cooperate in Alliances at tournaments
  • Build life skills while building robots and work towards participating in tournaments and World Championship
  • Qualify for more than $10 million in college scholarships