FIRST Tech Challenge

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, age 12-18/ grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game 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. 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 state Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

Click here to view the 2023-24 FIRST Tech Challenge game, CENTERSTAGE

2023-24 FIRST Tech Challenge Season Schedule– page will be updated in the late summer

Team information for FIRST Chesapeake FTC events can be found on each specific FTC Event page in the late summer

For information about FIRST Tech Challenge, contact FIRST Chesapeake Director of Programs Alex Bryant or visit

To see a checklist on how to start an FTC team click here

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Booz Allen Hamilton 2017