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About FIRST Tech Challenge

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. 

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 World Championship
  • Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships

Facts about FTC

  • 3,000 teams (projected)
  • 30,000 student, Grades 7-12
  • 200+ qualifying and Championship Tournaments
  • 16 countries
  • FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO.
  • Robots are built using a modular robotics platform.

Information from FIRST website

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