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STEM Educators Guide: Robotics: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

FTC Introduction

2021-2022 Season Kickoff  is September 18, 2021

Find the game and season information here.

FREIGHT FRENZYSM is presented by Raytheon Technologies

FIRST Tech Challenge is another international robotics competition created by inventor Dean Kamen and MIT Professor Woodie Flowers. FTC differs from FRC in that it is for both middle and high school students, and the robots are significantly smaller. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Students still compete head to head in a new game each year, by designing, building, and programming a robot to play the game with an alliance with other teams. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships.

  • GRADE LEVELS: Middle & High School (7-12)
  • NEW SEASON STARTS: September
  • COMPETITION SEASON: Late Fall & Winter. Can run as long as April for teams that advance
  • ROBOT SIZE: Medium. Robot must fit in an 18" x 18" x 18" box
  • TEAM SIZE: Limited to 15 students per team
  • COST: Medium. $1,000 for reusable robot kit + $275 for annual registration + other materials


FIRST Tech Challenge Game, ULTIMATE GOAL. 9 mins.; 2020.

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