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 OverviewThere are a total of 52 plastic rings available (26 per Alliance) as scoring objects in the game. Each Alliance will have 18 regular, 6 weighted, and 2 pre-load autonomous rings. 48 rings (12 per dispenser) are placed on side dispensers at the beginning of the match. The weighted rings are visually identical to the regular rings and are placed randomly on the dispensers. Each robot is given 1 pre-load ring to be used in the autonomous period. An IR Beacon is placed randomly on the second level of the rack at the start of each match.
A bonus is earned for placing the pre-loaded ring on the column with the beacon during the autonomous period. During the driver-controlled period, teams must retrieve rings from the dispensers and place them on a center rack consisting of two independently scored 3 x 3 grids of pegs. Peg ownership is determined by the Alliance with the most rings on a single peg. Three or more owned pegs in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) are eligible line score bonuses.
The field includes two Alliance-neutral corner goals. Weighted rings placed on the corner goals are eligible for the multiplier bonus calculated on matching Alliance rings that are placed on the center rack.
The final thirty (30) seconds of the driver controlled period is called the End Game. Each Alliance attempts to lift their Alliance partner’s robot off the floor by at least 1” up to a maximum height of 24”. Lift scores are calculated from the lowest point of the lifted robot and must be completely off the floor to count.
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.
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!