FIRST TECH CHALLENGE
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multi-faceted organization that promotes STEM education through robotics. The four programs cover grades K through 12 and push a message of teamwork and Gracious Professionalism.
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a competition for grades 7-12 that involves designing, building, programming, and operating an 18”x18”x18” robot to compete on a 12-foot-square playing field in an alliance format. The game includes both autonomous and driver-controlled operation of the robot through the Java programming language. A new game, with rules specific to each season, is released every year in September, and teams work on their robot and compete throughout the school year. FTC involves not only the creation of a competitive robot, but also documentation of the engineering process, team management, marketing, budgeting, community outreach, and much more.
Flower Mound High School has participated in FTC since 2018, and the FMHS Tech Club now has eight FTC teams (12791, 14355, 14357, 14359, 14786, 14787, 14881 and 14883). Anyone is welcome to join, and for the most part, students choose which teams they wish to be on and with whom, although there are limitations on the number of team members. During the 2019-2020 season, our eight teams combined won 19 total judging and competition awards, with four teams qualifying for and competing in the North Texas Regional Championship.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 FTC season will run differently than before. Competitions have the option of being held virtually. In remote events, teams will play without an alliance partner or direct opponent, report their scores for each competition online, and participate in judging interviews virtually. FMHS is still going to participate in FTC while following local and national safety guidelines.
More information about the FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge can be found here: