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.
Team information about specific FIRST Chesapeake FTC events- see the “Team Event Information” link on each FTC Event page
To see a checklist on how to start an FTC team click here
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