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 six FTC teams (12791, 21813, 21932, 22287, 222673, and 22674). 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 2021-2022 season, our five teams combined won 19 total judging and competition awards, with two teams qualifying for and competing in the North Texas Regional Championship. Our team 12791 won the coveted Inspire award and qualified for Worlds Championship 2022
More information about the FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge can be found here: