FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards.
In FIRST Tech Challenge – FIRST Access Edition, teams are composed entirely of students with disabilities. Teams participate in the yearly FIRST Tech Challenge game, which is reviewed and altered, if needed, to be even more accessible to students with disabilities. FIRST Tech Challenge – Access Edition teams may be invited to participate in a Championship event against other teams in the program. FIRST Tech Challenge – Access Edition teams are also welcome to register for and compete in the traditional FIRST Tech Challenge season (requires payment of registration and event fees and adhering to all traditional program rules).
- Laptop or equivalent for programming
- FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit (REV Robotics or TETRIX)
- Practice Field and Game Set (recommended, not required)
For more information on FIRST Tech Challenge, visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc