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
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Currently all available openings on our growingSTEMS FTC house teams have been filled. If you would like to submit an application to our wait list to be notified if an opening becomes available, please do so below. Openings will be offered to those who have filled out the below application in the order that they were received.
Submitting this application does not guarantee a spot in our FTC program.
growingSTEMS currently hosts 2 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
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