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

Team Demographics

    • Young people in grades 9 to 12* Up to 10 students per team
    • 2 to 3 Mentors per team * May include 8th grade students 13 and older who are
    • prepared to enter a high-school program

Events

    • More than 100 qualifiers and Championship tournaments
    • U.S., Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore
    • Up to 48 teams per event The Game – 2011/2012
    • Design and build a robot robust enough to push a bowling ball uphill, yet articulate enough to pick up racquetballs and place them into crates, then stack the crates
    • Multiple solutions with one dominant strategy
    • Game play includes autonomous and driver-operated modes
    • Program multiple sensors for seeking out magnets and IR signals to aid in navigation during autonomous and driver-operated game play

The Robot

    • Starting maximum dimensions: 18″ W x 18″ L x 18″ H

The Robotics Kit

    • Professional-quality software options
    • 11 motors, 9 sensors, 2 game controllers, wireless communications and metal gears; and all the building materials you need

The Field

  • Playing area: approximately 12′ W x 12′ L FTC Awards
  • Inspire Award – team that takes on challenges well beyond the program
  • Winning Alliance Award – alliance represented in the final match of competition
  • Finalist Alliance Award – 3 teams in the final match of competition
  • Rockwell Collins Innovate Award – team with the most ingenuity and inventiveness
  • PTC Design Award – team with the most compelling industrial design elements
  • Connect Award – team most connected to the local and engineering community
  • Motivate Award – outstanding team spirit and enthusiasm
  • Think Award – team that best manages the engineering design process