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 April.

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

FIRST Tech Challenge 2021 - 22 Season:

Game: FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies

Event Type: In-Person

Season: Qualifiers will begin in December 2021. These qualifiers will culminate in a city-wide final in March 2022.

Season Kickoff: Virtual Kickoff Celebration on Sep 18, 2021 

Season Info: FIRST Tech Challenge FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies Season Info 

Team Registration: Team registration for the 2021-22 season is currently open. Log in to or set up your account at www.firstinspires.org to get started. FIRST Team Registration costs can be found here.

FIRST Events Schedule: (Register Here)

Virtual Kickoff: September 18, 2021

Scrimmage: November 20, 2021

NYC FTC  Qualifier 1: December 4, 2021

NYC FTC  Qualifier 2: December 5, 2021

NYC FTC  Qualifier 3: January 15, 2022

NYC FTC  Qualifier 4: January 16, 2022

NYC FTC  Qualifier 5: February 5, 2022

NYC FTC  Qualifier 6: February 6, 2022

NYC FTC Championship: March 6, 2022


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


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