The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) (Ages 14 to 18; Grades 9-12)*

  • 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

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
2011 – 2012 Season Overview**

What FTC Offers

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Get 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 ProfessionalismTM
  • Compete and cooperate in Alliances at tournaments
  • Earn a place in the FTC World Championship
  • Qualify for almost $10 million in college scholarships
May 4, 2011 ……………………. Online Registration Opens September 10, 2011……… Kickoff November – March ……….. State and Regional Tournaments April 25–28, 2012 …………. FIRST Championship/
FTC World Championship Event