What is FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)?

First Tech Challenge is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of students 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 for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Build a Robot - Prepare For Your Future

Although the object is to build a robot, you learn so much more:

  • work in a team environment
  • learn effective communication skills
  • develop problem-solving skills
  • compete fairly while being supportive of their competition

When you participate in FTC you become part of a global community.

What grades can participate in FTC?

FTC is considered a high school program, but if a middle school team has had several years of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) experiences, and is ready to move up to their next challenge, then FTC might be the right fit. Teams should be careful not to have a middle school student on a team with an upper-class high school student.


What's the cost to have an FTC team?

The following sample budget is for a new team, purchasing one FTC competition kit and participating in one event. If your team chooses to purchase an additional kit and/or participate in multiple events, the fees would vary accordingly. Travel costs will vary due to the distance and time needed to travel to an event.

Rookie Team Sample Budget
FTC program registration fee $275
FTC competition kit $1,000
Event registration fee $0 - $500 per event
Travel costs (food, lodging, gas, etc.) $0 - $500* per event
Team T-shirts (optional) $0 - 150
Additional kit items (optional) $0 - $500

*Depends on what FTC Events tournaments teams decide to attend. Any additional money that is spent is at the discretion of the team/coach/mentors. Other expense examples include: travel costs, registration fees for competitions, and activity funds for students. A typical team budget ranges from $2,000-$5,000, but it is not a requirement. To find support, we encourage teams to fundraise.

For more information about Utah FTC please contact us via email at utftc@weber.edu



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