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.
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 2013-2014 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. Read more about the game.
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!