FIRST Tech Challenge teams (Grades 7-12) design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges, working in two-team alliances.

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. Aluminum-based robots are coded using Java or block-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, market their team brand and do community outreach to earn specific awards.

Five teams advance to the world championship in Detroit in April.

Participants are eligible to apply for over $80 million in college scholarships.

5 Things You Need to Know:

FIRST Tech Challenge 2020 - 21 Season Changes:

Type: Remote

Season Kickoff : Watch the Kickoff Celebration on FIRST TV slated for September 12, 2020 at 12:00.

Season: Our remote qualifiers will begin in January. These qualifiers will culminate in a city-wide final in early spring.

Season Info: FIRST Tech Challenge Ultimate Goal Season Info

Registration: Team registration for the 2020-21 season is currently open until December 1. Log in to or set up your account at www.firstinspires.org to get started.

Technologies Needed: Teams will still need to build a physical robot. Each team will be given access to the official FIRST Remote Event Hub. Teams should also be prepared to have reliable internet access and a device that can access Zoom.

Details: In order to continue to put the health and safety of our community front and center, NYC FIRST will hold its FTC season remotely for the 2020-21 season. We are designing these FTC remote events to be as close to traditional competitions as possible. That means that each team will still build a robot and compete on an FTC field, and each team will present by video to panels of judges. We know that some teams might have difficulty building their robots, and NYC FIRST will be happy to share ideas with you as to how to make the physical building possible.

FIRST Events Schedule:

NYC FTC Remote Qualifier 1- January 24, 2021

NYC FTC Remote Qualifier 2- February 28, 2021

NYC FTC Remote Qualifier 3- March 21, 2021

NYC FTC Remote Qualifier 4- April 18, 2021

Please visit The Orange Alliance for updates on teams throughout the season.


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