First Tech Challenge (FTC)
is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a
sports model. Teams 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,
interns, and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build
robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the
competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other
First Tech Challenge is more than a high school robotics program. It
is a community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by
engaging high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and
is about teaching students the value of hard work, innovation and
creativity. It goes beyond competition by teaching teenagers the
importance of working together, sharing ideas and treating each other
with respect and dignity.
Is FTC a robotics program? Yes, but it is so much more. Select a category below to learn how you can get involved.
offers students like you the opportunity to build robots, learn
computer programming and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and compete
against other teams at the local, regional and national level! Teams
gain practical, hands-on skills that test the theories and concepts you
learn in the classroom.
you join an FTC team, you join a global community of students who are
interested in using technology to build a better world tomorrow. There
are over 20,000 students from around the globe who design and build
robots to compete against one another in competition.
In addition to the fun and excitement, FTC students also gain access to over $10 million in college scholarships!
For more information on the FTC Mission click their website below!
FTC Mission Site
For more information on our Shufflebots Team, please check out our Shufflebots site