FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams of up to 15 members in grades 7-12 are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Starting in 2015, FTC employed an Android based operating system as the robot controller.
Florida FTC Contacts
To learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge programs in your area, or for information on how to start a team:
- Visit the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge website for regional contacts or
- Email Hans Wolf, Florida FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, at FTC@flfirst.org.
About FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) is a FIRST robotics competition for upper middle and high-school students, with a smaller scale format and longer build period that helps students learn to design and build robots with both driver and autonomous controlled behavior. FTC robots are built with the TETRIX® or MATRIX® robot kits and they are controlled by an Android based platform powered by Snapdragon processors.
FIRST Tech Challenge Grants & Funding
- FIRST Tech Challenge Grants page at FIRST website
- Rookie & Veteran Team Grants – available through November 2, 2016
The 2016-17 Challenge
The 2016-17 FIRST Tech Challenge competition is called Velocity Vortex . The engineering game challenges teams to build a robot in 8-12 weeks that, working with alliance teams, can earn points
by scoring game into their alliance’s Center Vortex or Corner Vortex. Robots may also claim Beacons for their alliance by triggering them to illuminate their alliance color. See the game video below, or check out the one page game description.
Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at FIRSTInspires.org
FIRST Tech Challenge in Florida
FTC came to Florida in 2006, as FIRST Vex Challenge (FVC), using a different platform than the current TETRIX system. In 2006, there were 11 teams , eight of which competed at the State Championship, held at Lake Highland Preparatory Middle School in Orlando.
Originally designed as an intermediate program to bridge the span between FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics Competition, FTC is currently the fastest growing program in FIRST and has become a quality stand alone program in schools and youth groups worldwide.
The State Championship was moved to Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute in 2011. In 2012, there were nearly 80 teams in Florida, and the state began testing a League play system providing more local game play opportunities and a League Championship. In 2013, Super Regionals were added as a competition level to better accommodate the growing number of FTC teams nationwide. By 2015, the program had grown to over 150 teams, with more than 15 meets held state wide, 8 League Championships and the State Championship, held again this year at St. Leo University in San Antonio, FL.
The FIRST Tech Challenge season starts in September and runs through February.