FIRST® Tech Challenge

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FIRST® Tech Challenge teams of up to 15 students, grades 6-12, 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 (like keeping an engineering portfolio), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants have access to over $80 million in college scholarships.


$250.00 per team (League Play)


  • 3 Qualifying league meets and 1 league tournament


  • Requires:   National registration and Regional registration (2 step)
  • Opens in May of each year
  • Closes in November of each year
  • Grants are available to assist in equipment and registration fees for those teams that qualify.


  • Regional season kick-off events occur in early September.  All registered or interested are welcome to attend to learn the new challenge.
  • League Play typically starts in late fall
  • Regional Championship in early spring
  • State Championship in April but before World Festival
  • World Championship in mid April
  • Visit our Calendar to find an event near you.