What IS FTC?
It’s way more than building robots. 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 playlist will help rookie teams get started.
We have put together resources to help teams with the FTC competition. We have wiring diagrams, links to youtube videos on programming, list of teams that have won championships, datasheets of motors and all the electronics components used in the competition. We will continue to add things that we find that we think might benefit FTC teams.
The Basics of Building for FTC
FTC Worlds Build Timelapse
FTC Team 5135- Build Session Timelapse 2