FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics competition but with a more accessible and affordable program. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Unlike FRC, there is no 'stop build day' when the robot has to be finished; teams can work on their robots up to and during competitions.
Competitions are held on a 12 x 12 ft field with two alliances of two robots each competing. Robots must fit into an 18" cube at match start. Teams are typically capped at ten students.
Downingtown Area Robotics launched FTC Team 7314 for the 2013-2014 competition season.
The 2015-2016 game is ResQ. Watch game animation.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2015-2016.