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.

2020-2021 Season

Team registration opens May 2020

Game Reveal and Season Kickoff September 7, 2020

2020-21 Game: FIRST SKYSTONE℠

Reach New Heights

Humans and droid allies work together to create a structure that pushes into the skies to represent their alliance. As part of the mission, teams overcome obstacles that stand in the path to build a superstructure of the future, topping it off with a crown of achievement — a final capstone to symbolize their reach into the sky, and dreams of a hopeful future.

Official FTC® Game Info

Previous FTC Seasons

FTC Season Archive

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: firsttechsocal.org

California FTC Website: https://cafirst.org/first-tech-challenge/

International FTC Website: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc