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.