FIRST Tech Challenge

Our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program is designed for students in grades 7-9 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 7th 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. To signup to participate in this program, please fill out and submit a member application.

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. To reserve your spot on the team half of the programs registration fee is due by September 1st with the remainder due by November 1st. 

Travel costs to competitions are not included in the above registration cost. 


growingSTEMS currently hosts 3 FTC Teams as part of our Community Robotics Program.

FTC 389 – The Swarm

FTC 12888 – The Stingers

FTC 16835 – The Pollinators

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