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.

2018-2019 Season

Team registration opens May 2018

Game Reveal and Season Kickoff September 2018

2018-19 Game: FIRST Rover Ruckus℠

Official FTC® Game Info

2018-19 Events

League Meets: Sept. 2018 - Jan. 2019

Qualifying Season: Oct. 2018 - Feb. 2019

Regional Championship: Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019 (teams advance from Qualifying events)

FIRST Championship in Houston on April 16-20, 2019

2017-18 FTC Season

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: