FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

Students get to:

Learn from professional engineers

Build and compete with a robot of their own design

Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware

Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments

Earn a place in the World Championship
Qualify for over $12 million in college scholarships

Competitions

Find out when our next competition is, so you can come see the robots in action

Find a Team

Looking to join a team? Click here to find nearby teams

Fundraising and Team Sustainability

Learn more about the costs to run a team and the grants that could help you

Volunteer

Learn more about how you can volunteer to help at a competition

Resources

Find all the resources to help you with your team

Become a Sponsor

Find out how your company can become a sponsor?

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