FIRST Tech Challenge

We are excited to begin our second FTC season. The FIRST theme for 2021-2022 is FIRST Forward. The FIRST Tech Challenge season is called #FreightFrenzy . You can keep up with us on our FTC Freight Frenzy season page. We’ll update this page with the 2021-2022 game details in September after kickoff.

2020-2021 was our “FTC Rookie Season”. You can review it on our FTC Ultimate Goal season page.

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

“It’s way more than building robots. 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.”

FIRST Tech Challenge, is a move up from LEGOs to aluminum and steel robot parts. Each season begins in September when the new challenge is released. Depending on region, scrimmages, qualifiers, and state tournaments begin as early as November leading up to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in April (2021 has an extended season due to COVID-19, Worlds will be in July/August with the preceding regional activities extended/adjusted as well).

The components of an FTC competition are:

  • Robot Games – 5-6 qualification rounds played in randomized alliance format, followed by alliance selection and elimination rounds — Games are 2.5 minutes long, the first 30 seconds are autonomous and the remainder is remote controlled. The game field is 12′ x 12′ on foam tiles with a 1′ high perimeter.
  • Engineering Notebook – 200+ pages of documentation about your season, engineering design process, programming, outreach, team business and more — NEW this year an Engineering Portfolio is also required.
  • Judges Interview – Presentation and Q&A time with the judges about your robot and season

Official 2020-2021 Ultimate Goal Resources:

Unofficial FTC Resources:

Here is the 2021-2022 Freight Frenzy Season Challenge Video. The specifics about this season’s challenge start at about the 1 minute mark. If you have questions about FIRST robotics, FIRST LEGO League or FIRST Tech Challenge, please let us know. We would love to help you get started.

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