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.
This application process will be available starting on May 15 at 7PM and the link here will have a button that will go live at 7PM which you could use to apply for your team. You can also view the fields that will be required for registration here. Please do NOT register directly with FIRST HQ as this will not guarantee you a spot at the one Ontario event. As registrations are received, they will be officially accepted and registered on a first come first serve basis for the first 20 applications. 10 team registrations will be held for teams in underserved areas of the province and 6 will be already existing Ontario teams. When a team is officially registered they will be informed and payment for registration and the kit of parts will be processed.
To help teams get started with planning, please refer to this page of resources from FIRST HQ which include budget templates, a mentor manual and robot resources to name just a few.
Students get to:
Start a Team
If you are interested in starting a team, learn more about it here!
Find your local representative: