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.
Students in 6th through 9th grade are available to register for the FTC program. Enrollment for the FTC program is generally open from June to August of each year. The FTC teams meet on two days throughout the week at The Stachelczyk STEM Center (43883 Airport View Dr, Hollywood MD 20636).
Dues for the year are $350 per student that help cover the operating cost of the program. Payments can be processed through our website or in person via check or cash. To reserve your spot on the team half of the programs registration fee is due within 14 calendar days of submitting registration with the remainder due by August 1st.
Travel costs to competitions are not included in the above registration cost.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 —
growingSTEMS would like to offer our sincere thanks to the PNC Foundation for returning as a Gold Level sponsor for the 2019-2020 Competition Season! Without continued support from local organizations like the PNC Foundation, we could not continue to offer the programs and services that our ...Continue Reading...
On June 3rd from 6-8:30PM growingSTEMS will open their doors to the public for a an evening of STEM exploration. Students and Mentors will be on site to answer any questions you may have about or organization / any of our 4 community robotics programs. In addition, we will be opening enrollment ...Continue Reading...
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 ...Continue Reading...
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