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.