FIRSTTech 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:
Coaches should have technical skills, with a knowledge of computer programming. Each team requires atleast two adult coaches and mentors.
There are up to 15 members per team.
Teams meet at least once each week for a duration of 2-3 hours.
Competitions run from November through March; registration open May through October.
Cost is approximately $600 for registration and events, and approximately $700 for Robot Kit (Reusable) -- Figures are approximate.