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.

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

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