FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®)

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $12 million in college scholarships

FTC Home Page

Start an FTC Team

2013-14 FTC Season

2013-14 FTC Season Calendar

FTC Team Registration and Costs

Team Registration Opens

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Team Registration fee: $275.00

FTC Season Kickoff (Online)

Saturday, September 7, 2013, Noon Pacific

Los Angeles FTC Kickoff

Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monrovia High School, 845 W Colorado Blvd, Monrovia CA 91016

Schedule:

8:30

Courtyard    

Check-in, pick up scavenger hunt papers

9:00

Auditorium 

Welcome, Agenda, Scavenger Hunt

9:10-
10:00

Room 1

New Coach and Mentor Orientation - the season, team logistics, school partnership, Q&A

9:10-
10:00

Room 2

New student orientation - the season, the robot, the outreach

9:10-
10:00

Room 3

New parent orientation - the season, expectations, scholarships, Q&A

9:10-
10:00

Courtyard

Scrimmage for veteran teams on Ring It Up! Prizes include this year's game elements

10:15

Auditorium
(everyone)

The Game Reveal! (Yes - Miss Liberty has permission to scoop FIRST a full two hours before they release the challenge. BUT: no texts, tweets, pictures, posts, blogging, or calling your uncle in Minnesota until after 12 pm) Game reveal, hand-out binders with full-color game rules (one per team); Teams  invited to tour the field; strategy sessions for rookies

11:15-
11:45

Room 1

LabVIEW Programming, led by Doug DeVicariis

11:15-
11:45

Room 2

RobotC Programming, led by Brian Bugert

11:15-
11:45

Room 3

"Winning Trophies: What FTC Judges want to see in 2013-14" led by Theresa Klemme, Regional Judge Advisor

11:15-
11:45

Room 4

"Get Connected: An Overview of the new Field Control System (FCS) and Wizard"

Noon

Auditorium
(everyone)

Qualifying Tournament Schedule, Changes, and Fees; Turn in Scavenger hunt sheets; Hand out game element prize bags; Announcement of Rockwell Collins Team Award Recipients; Regional Q&A

Contact: Liberty Naud, 760-449-7530, info @ losangelesftc.org

FTC Game: FTC BLOCK PARTY!℠

One Page Game Description (PDF)

Official FTC Game Info

Official FTC Blog

Official FTC Game Forum

Greater Los Angeles Qualifiers

Saturday, November 16th, 8am - 6pm
Monrovia - Monrovia High School

Saturday, December 14th, 8am - 6pm
Claremont - The Webb Schools

Saturday, January 11th, 8am - 6pm
Perris - Gears to Robots @ Perris High School

Sunday, January 12th, 7:30am - 5:30pm
Perris - Gears to Robots @ Perris High School

Saturday, January 25th, 7:30am - 5:30pm
Claremont/Pomona - TBD

Saturday, February 1st, 8am - 6pm
Lancaster - Desert Christian High School

Saturday, February 8th, 7am - 5pm
Victorville- Victor Valley College

Sunday, February 9th, 8am - 6pm
Downtown LA - Yeshiva University Los Angeles Girls High School

Qualifier Registration

Registration opens on September 15 for Los Angeles Regional teams and San Diego tournament host teams.

Teams outside of the region will be able to register after October 15.

Greater Los Angeles FTC Championship

Saturday, February 22
Monrovia High School, 845 W Colorado Blvd, Monrovia CA 91016

Contact: Maggie Scholtz, events @ losangelesftc.org

FTC Western Super-Regional Championship

Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22
Lion's Gate Conference Center, 3410 Westover St, North Highlands (Sacramento), CA 95652

Website: ftcwest.org

FTC World Championship

April 23-26, 2014, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO

Website: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/FTCWorldChampionship

Volunteers Needed

We have a the chance to make this year the very best for FTC in SoCal history! We plan to have many more events, and welcome people who would like to volunteer to plan and participate in LA FTC events. A couple of areas that we'd like some specific help are:
(1) Website Management - Manage and improve the LA FTC website
(2) Game Announcing - Ever want to be that guy in the mirrored suit with the mic and the play-by-play? Do you know someone who would be perfect for the job?! With more events this year, there will be more opportunities to give it a try. Please let us know if you're interested!

And if you're just interested in getting more involved and helping to keep FIRST Tech Challenge strong in Southern California, please contact us at volunteer @ losangelesFTC.org. There's lots to do and it's all (well, almost all!) a whole lot of fun!

 

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2009-10 FTC Season

 

Additional Information

California - Los Angele FTC Website: www.LosAngelesFTC.org

Liberty Naud
California - Los Angeles FTC Affilliate Partner
LibertyNaud @ smarteducation.us