FIRST Tech Challenge
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, 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.
Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.
Florida's FTC League Play
The Florida FIRST Tech Challenge program piloted a League Play tournament system for FIRST during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Tesla was one of the original six Leagues. FIRST approved Florida’s League Play system and we have been running League Play as an official format since the 2014 season.
Florida teams are assigned to Leagues. Each League runs their own Meets and League Championship events with volunteers from each participating team. Leagues may also host practice and training days. The costs of these events are covered by League Dues which all teams pay.
Your league is your FIRST Family. Teams compete like crazy at tournaments, but FTC Gracious Professionalism guides teams to assist others on tournament day and throughout the season. Teams should look for opportunities to help struggling teams, loan each other parts and tools, and celebrate everyone’s successes at tournaments. Between tournaments, veteran teams should mentor rookie teams, and invite nearby teams to their build space to share ideas, practice playing the game challenge and have fun.
Rookie teams quickly learn that there are no better friends than FIRST Friends!!!
2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Game
totals as of 7/28, 52 registered teams
- AeroCoast League: Primarily consists of counties in the Florida panhandle area such as Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okalossa, Santa Rose, Taylor Walton, Wakulla, and Washington.
- North East Florida/Jacksonville League: Primarily consists of the counties around Jacksonville such as Duval, Saint Johns, Nassau, Putnam, Bradford, and Backer.
- Clay One League: This league will consists of teams from Clay County.
- Tesla Robotics League: Primarily consists of the counties around Orlando such as Orange, Lake, Osceola, and Sumter.
- Space Coast League: Primarily consists of the counties east of Orlando such as Brevard, Seminole, Volusia, and Indian River.
- ROBOT/Tampa League: Primarily consists of the counties around Tampa such as Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Citrus, and Marion.
- Pinellas League: Primarily consists of the counties around Clearwater/St. Petersburg and the counties south of these cities such as Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte.
- South Florida League: Primarily consists of the counties around Miami and Boca Raton such as Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, and Saint Lucie.
- Adventist Robotics League: The worldwide league of the Adventist community. The director of the North Atlantic Division is based in Central Florida.
Follow Florida FTC at:
- Florida FIRST Tech Challenge website: http://www.flfirst.org
- Florida FTC Facebook page: facebook.com/FloridaFTC
- Florida FTC Twitter page: twitter.com/FLFTC #FLFTCRocks
- Florida FTC Forum: http://flftc.forumotion.com
- FIRST Tech Challenge Blog: http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com
- Tesla Robotics League Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTC.CentralFlorida/
Visit FIRST in Florida at FIRSTFL.org for more information and resources about FIRST statewide.