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FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) teams are comprised of high school students tasked to design, build, program, and operate robots that compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

The really cool thing about FIRST® Tech Challenge is...all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Student and adult team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like coding, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and more. -FIRST®

FTC teams design and build a robot using a reusable kit of parts and compete within a common set of game rules to play an exciting field game and complete the specific season challenge. The robot game changes every season and is always a blast!

This Year's FTC Game

The 2022-23 FTC game, FIRST® POWERPLAY℠, encourages students to reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power. Teams will test limits, balance energy, and maximize potential, power, and performance.

Watch the video below to learn more about this season's FTC game.

Visit the FIRST® website for even more information.

Gracious Professionalism®

Gracious Professionalism® encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism®, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism® is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

Both the FIRST® and Explorer Robotics programs place great emphasis on promoting Gracious Professionalism® during team events and competitions. Watch Dr. Woodie Flowers explain Gracious Professionalism® in the video provided below.


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