Welcome to the FIRST ® Tech Challenge World Championship

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.

Game Overview

Using a combination of motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears, and sensors,including infrared tracking (IR) and magnet seeking, students program their robots to operate in both autonomous and driver-controlled modes on a field with a center rack.The object of the game–FTC BLOCK PARTY!SM is to score more points than an opponent by placing plastic blocks into pendulum goals. Teams are challenged to raise their team Alliance flag up a flagpole, raise their robots off the ground using a platform pull-up bar, and end the match with a balanced pendulum to earn extra points.

In each FTC BLOCKPARTY!SM match, two randomly selected teams are paired as an Alliance to face off against another randomly paired Alliance. These Alliances are designated as Red or Blue. 

Each match consists of two parts: a 30-second autonomous period and a two-minute driver-controlled period. During this time, Alliance partners must work together to best the other Alliance by scoring points and playing defense.

At the start of each match, 100 yellow blocks are placed on the field. During autonomous mode, Alliances can use Infrared seeking and a pre-loaded block to score in a randomly selected bucket, marked by an IR beacon, on the pendulum goal. 

 In the driver-controlled period, teams continue to score blocks in their pendulum goals and during the final 30 seconds of the match, teams can also raise their corner flag and hang from the pull-up bar at the center of the field. Additionally, if the Alliance’s pendulum goal is in balance at the end of the match, that Alliance earns a bonus.

Teams are expected to act with Gracious Professionalism at all times and penalties can be assessed for rule violations.

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FTC Playfield

What is FTC?

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an amazing competition for students ready to take on high-school-level robotics. Students experience the power, excitement, and fun of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with hands-on, minds-on activities – all with robots!

Teams of middle- and high-school students design, build, and program robots with both autonomous and driver-controlled modes. They take these robots to local and regional tournaments, competing as Alliances against other teams. The tournaments feature the same excitement and pressure experienced in more traditional high-school athletics. Teams that win at the Championship level advance to the FTC World Championship.

FTC teams are adult-led and student-driven, allowing each student on a team to actively participate and engage in the engineering process. Students work with a re-usable robotics kit to design, build, and program robots. FTC empowers students, building confidence, critical decision-making, leadership, and teamwork.

what is FTC

FTC participants are introduced to the engineering process and create and maintain an Engineering Notebook. They develop hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience, and learn the value of problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. FTC also creates powerful relationships between the young people who compete and the Volunteers and Mentors who participate. FTC students are eligible for more than $10 million in college scholarships.

Competition kits are reusable and affordable. Teams can be school-based, homeschool-based, part of an afterschool program, or organized by community groups such as 4-H, the Girl Scouts, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. FTC kits can also be used in the classroom as a great learning tool.

There are numerous ways to get involved in FTC. Individuals can mentor teams, volunteer at events, or join committees to help organize FTC events. FTC is supported by a growing network of Sponsors that provide funding, mentorship, time, talent, equipment, and more to make FTC a reality. FTC is privileged to have the support of some of the most respected organizations in the world. They understand the importance of nurturing the next generation of technology leaders!

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