What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (requiring a minimum of two members to a maximum 15 members, covering ages 12 – 18 years) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots. Teams then compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants describe it as “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.
• Other adults can volunteer to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, technical advising, and other tasks.
• A suitable meeting place and safe space to design and build a robot about the size of a microwave oven.
• A standard kit of robot parts and a common set of game and robot rules issued by FIRST Tech Challenge.
• The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build camaraderie, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 86% have more interest in doing well in school and 87% are more interested in attending college.
Design the robot or part of the robot
Build the robot
Program the robot
Explain process in designing a robot
Increased leadership skills
Interested in becoming a scientist or engineer
Increased interest in going to college
Increased interest in doing well in school
Use math to solve a real-world problem
Understanding of the engineering design process
Greater STEM awareness
Increased desire to learn more about STEM
More interested in a job or career in STEM
Solve unexpected problems
Mentor and Team Resources
Part of the fun is designing and building your robot and FIRST provides a wealth of information in our Resource Library to help you. Find everything from technical guides, to fundraising ideas, or fun activities for your team.Team Management Resources
Robot Building Resources
Connect with the FIRST Tech Challenge Community
Products required to participate:
|Categories||Set of parts Name||What’s in the Set|
|Team may purchase ONE of these control & Communication Sets||
|Teams may purchase ONE Electronics Modules Set||Electronics Modules and Sensors Set||REV Robotics Expansion
Philips head screws (4pc) & nylock nuts(4pc) set
Power switch w/ bracket & XT to Tamiya adapter cable
Color Sensor with cable
Touch sensor with cable
Motor power cable
|Teams may purchase ONE Competition Set||TETRIX FTC Competition Set||Brackets and mounts
Structural channels, angles, & plates
Wheels and gears
Battery pack and charger
Hard point connectors
Servos and DC Motors
Fasteners and tools
new TETRIX MAX Pieces
Useful Things to Consider Physical Space and Storage Classroom (the ability to push tables/chairs out of the way) or equally sized room with open floor
- Countertops/tables to serve as workspace
- During practice, tape a 12 ft. (3.66 m) x 12 ft. (3.66 m) square on the ground to serve as a field
- Large Storage Cabinet (1 or 2, depending on how much material you have), should be able to lock, look for cabinets that are roughly 6 ft. (1.82 m) tall and 3 ft. (0.91 m) wide
- Always keep a first aid kit in the workspace, including disinfectant and bandages. Bring it to events. Any accidents should be reported immediately to Mentors. Make sure there is a telephone in the workspace, in case of a more serious injury.
- Have a fire extinguisher in the workspace, and make sure that everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
- The workspace should be kept clean and uncluttered. Cords should be kept out of
Building the FTC RobotBasic Bot Guide-Tetrix
Game specification Basic bot guide – Tetrix:
Hardware video tutorial:
Legal and Illegal Parts List
Game Manual part 1: Click here
Game Manual part 2: Click here
One Page game description:Click here
Register Your team
FIRST INFOGRAPHIC FLIP BOOK: Click here
It is a wonderful platform for innovative students. Helps them to learn with trial & error and experimenting as well. It inculcates a lot of teamwork and dedication and over and above, a learning experience with fun.
I think it is a great way for students to learn more about programming, as well as which are the right strategies for building. It also shows girls how to work in teams and motivate one another and to adapt to circumstances when they encounter any difficulties. Technology is unpredictable, so being flexible is very important.
It was an amazing experience for our students to participate in First Tech Challenge. The entire event was organized very well, guiding students at every step. We were very impressed with the staff for their hard work and support throughout the event. All of the other competitors performances were very exciting. And we got a lot of inspiration from them to help us improve. The whole experience was priceless. Our students had an amazing experience and learning about the whole event.
It was a really good start for my team as they had no experience with robotics before, it is quite challenging To come up with the best design and the best programs, but at the end the whole experience improved the students skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills with each other and other teams.