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FIRST Tech Challenge Game & Season Info

Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST®! Ready your FIRST® Tech Challenge robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUS Presented by Qualcomm.

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What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team 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.

Impact

The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 86% have more interest in doing well in school and 87% are more interested in attending college. View impact resources. 

Team Basics

The really cool thing about FIRST Tech Challenge is being part of a team. All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical and non-technical. Read on for more about team basics, time frame, commitment, and skills required.

Start a FIRST Tech Challenge Team

FIRST Tech Challenge gives middle and high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem.

Cost & Registration

What does it cost to participate? There are costs involved with fielding a FIRST Tech Challenge team and they can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses.

The Event Experience

Hard work pays off! Each FIRST Tech Challenge season culminates with local and regional events where qualifying teams compete for awards and a spot in the FIRST Championship.

Alumni and Scholarships

High school level FIRST participants become FIRST Alumni and gain access to exclusive education funding as part of the FIRST Scholarship Program.

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