What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) allows teams of students to compete head to head in a robotics competition. Teams design, build and program 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 strategies and build their robots based on sound engineering principles.

Awards are given for the competition, community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments.

Build a Robot - Prepare for Your Future

Along with engineering skills needed to build the robots, FIRST Tech Challenge students learn much more:

  • Teamwork
  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fair competition and respect for others

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

What grades can participate?

FTC is for students in grades 7–12.