FIRST Tech Challenge

Our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program is designed for students in grades 6–9 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming an 18 by 18 by 18 inch robot over the course of a 5 month regular season to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using Java, the MIT App Inventor, or other Android programming systems. Teams, with the guidance of coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on innovative, sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of STEM.

Enrollment for the FTC program is generally open from June to August of each year. Dues for the year are $250 per student that help cover the operating cost of the program.

Click Here for the FTC Team Student Application


growingSTEMS currently hosts 2 FTC Teams as part of our Community Robotics Program.

FTC 389 – The Swarm

FTC 12888 – The Stingers

In addition to the two locally hosted teams, growingSTEMS also supports two FTC teams in Hardy County, West Virginia.

FTC 13515 – Nerdz

FTC 15116 – Nuclear Nerdz



Recent FTC News Posts —

Panda Express Fundraisers

Our local Panda Express has offered to help support our community robotics programs by donating 20% of their proceeds from qualified purchased made from 11AM to 2PM on BOTH February 1st 2019 and March 1st 2019. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity! For your in store purchases to qualify ...

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2017 SOMD FLL/FTC Qualifier – Rescheduled

Update – 12/23/2017   The 2017 SOMD Qualifier has been rescheduled for February 3rd, 2018 and will be held at The King’s Christian Academy (20738 Point Lookout Road Callaway, MD 20620). Further information to follow.   Update – 4PM 12/8/2017   Due to deteriorating ...

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SOMD STEM Festival

The RoboBees team 389 attended the St. Mary’s County Public Schools STEM Festival at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds to help promote STEM in the community. The FTC team demonstrated their robot by explaining how it operated and giving kids the chance to drive. There was also the option to ...

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2017-2018 Open Enrollment

Updated: 5/30 9:47PM If you were unable to make the open enrollment night but would still like to participate in any of our programs, please fill out the enrollment forms and email them to team836@robobees.org. On Tuesday May 30th, growingSTEMS and The RoboBees are holding open enrollment for the ...

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Want to see more? See all FTC related posts – FTC News Posts