What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

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 compete in a head-to-head challenge 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, including Java. 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 Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Registration is closed for the 2020-2021 Season. It will re-open for next season in mid to late August, 2021.

It’s time to be a game changer. Are you up for the challenge?

The nature of traditional sports is shifting.

In any sport, we use our minds — our creativity, imagination, and critical thinking — as much as we use our muscles. Our robotics season challenge theme represents the potential in all of us to redefine the game and exceed our team and personal potentials through the only sport where every kid can go pro.

The season challenge for ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm and powered by Star Wars: Force for Change

In ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm, teams will develop strategy and build robots based on advanced engineering principles to compete in tournaments, building 21st century life skills and earning achievements for their robot design, community outreach, and other team accomplishments.

Participants will become teammates at the top of their game, competing in a thrilling sport — to score, to win, and to leave a legacy that lasts -

They’ll learn how to work together to recover from failure, build confidence, and champion each other to exceed team and personal potentials.

INSPIRATION STARTS HERE!

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, teamwork and the sharing of ideas.

FIRST Tech Challenge gives middle and high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. Teams are challenged to design and build a robot using a kit of parts and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game. The robot game changes every season and is a blast! 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.

FIRST redefines winning by rewarding teams for achievements both on and off the field − excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, Gracious Professionalism™, and outreach efforts are some of the award criteria. Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience.

To Engage, Motivate and Inspire Tomorrow's Leaders!