FTC (Ages 14 to 18, Grades 9-12)*

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 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.


  • Provides affordable, accessible opportunities to compete head to head using an exciting sports model
  • Offers high-school students a chance to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles
*May include 8th grade students 13 and older who are prepared to enter a high-school program

Students Get To

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the FTC World Championship
  • Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships

How FTC Works

  • Ages 14 to 18; grades 9-12
  • Up to 10 students per team
  • 2 to 3 Mentors per team
  • Teams use a modular robotics platform to conceive, 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
  • Can be used in and out of the classroom

Other Benefits

  • Get hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience
  • Document the engineering process
  • Learn about Gracious ProfessionalismTM

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