FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®)

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “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. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

2017-2018 Season

Team registration opens May 11, 2017

Game Reveal and Season Kickoff September 9, 2017


Official FTC® Game Info

2017-18 Events

League Meets: November 2017-January 2018

Tournaments: January-February 2018

Regional Championship: February 2018 (teams advance from the Tournaments)

West Super-Regional Championship Tournament in Tacoma, WA on March 8-11, 2018 (teams advance from the Regional Championship)

FIRST Championship in Houston on April 18-21, 2018

2016-17 FTC Season

2015-16 FTC Season

2014-15 FTC Season

2013-14 FTC Season

2012-13 FTC Season

2011-12 FTC Season

2010-11 FTC Season

2009-10 FTC Season

Additional Information

Greater Los Angeles FTC Website:

FTC Website: