It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”
Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
What you need to get stared!
FTC Starter Kit
A reduced price starter kit is available. More details at team registration.
$380. Other parts are available. See FTC Game Manual Part 1
Communication and Control Set*
- 2 Android phones with protective coversb
- USB Hub
- Logitech Gamepad F310 Controllers
$220 - Reusable each season
Electronics and Sensors Set*
- REV Robotics Expansion Hub
- Power Switch
- Color & Touch Sensors
- Cables and Accessories
$125 - Reusable each season.
- Perimeter Walls $100-$600
- Floor Tiles $230
Reusable each season
Game sets and playing objects change each season for the current game. You can purchase a quarter, half or full field game set from AndyMark. The costs vary from year to year.
$180 - $530 - NOT Reusable each season.
Single Team Registration
1 team of up to 15 students.
Event Registration - $175 per team to participate in a FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament
*Must be ordered when registering your team.