FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST® Tech Challenge is designed for students who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams design, build, and program their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and programmed using Java or Blockly. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and students, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping. They also develop strategic problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. Awards are given for the competition, as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

FIRST Tech Challenge brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics alive through a dynamic, hands-on approach to robotics. The program challenges students to apply STEM concepts in real-world situations, and inspires tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs.



Evaluation data indicates that…

Among FIRST® Tech Challenge participants:
❱ 86% are more interested in doing well in school
❱ 84% plan to take a more challenging math or science course
❱ 84% are more interested in going to collegeDean Kamen

Among FIRST participants:
❱ 98% improved problem solving skills
❱ 95% increased time management skills
❱ 93% increased conflict resolution skills
❱ 76%+ strengthened communication skills
❱ 75% of FIRST Alumni are in a STEM field as a student or professional


FTC competition

  • FTC tournaments are organized in 15 countries for up to 7000 teams
  • Teams: 6 to 10 students per team, of pre-university level plus a mentor. All their steps and design choices are recorded in the engineering notebook
  • Each year fresh challenges on a field of 3mx3m with a 0.45m x 0.45m x 0.45m robot.
  • FTC Robotics Kit contains motors, sensors, metal gears, game controllers, wireless communications, all the building materials you need and professional grade software


FTC match & robot

A FTC match starts with a 30 second autonomous period where robots are operated via pre- programmed instructions only. The two minute driver controlled period follows the autonomous period. The last 30seconds of the driver controlled period is called the end game.

Two Alliances –one “Red”  and one “Blue,” composed of two teams each– compete in each match. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance.

The maximum size of the Robot at the start of the match is 45.72cm (18 inches) wide by 45.72cm (18 inches) long by 45.72cm (18 inches) high. After the match has started it can become as big as you’d like (by extending an arm for example).

There is no weight limit.

  • All raw materials are allowed provided they are readily available to the majority of teams from standard distributors. Examples of allowable raw materials are:
    · Sheet goods
    · Extruded shapes
    · Metals, plastics, wood, rubber, etc.
  • All post-processed materials are allowed provided they are readily available to the majority of teams from standard distributers. Examples of allowable post processed materials are:
    · Perforated sheet and diamond plate
    · Injection molded parts
    · 3D printed parts


Challenge 2018-2019: ROVER RUCKUS