What is FTC?
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a youth science and engineering program for students in 7th – 12th grade. It is an international program enjoyed by students in 16 countries. Oregon has one of the largest FTC programs in the USA. In 2015 Oregon had 192 FIRST Tech Challenge teams. There are 4639 teams globally.
Is FTC a good fit for my group of students ?
FTC was originally designed for High School students only. In 2012, the program opened to 7th & 8th graders to help provide an increased challenge for students participating in the FIRST LEGO League program (FLL). FLL is for students 9 – 14 years old. Students who start in the FLL program as 9 or 10 year olds and gain knowledge in programming, mechanical design and teamwork skills are frequently ready to move up to FIRST Tech Challenge as 7th or 8th graders. Middle School students that do not have experience with programming/mechanical design might find FTC to be challenging. FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is appropriate for high school students, 9th – 12th grade, regardless of prior experience.
Link to national FIRST Tech Challenge website – Starting a FTC team!
What’s required to start a team? Two adult mentors and interested students, space to work on the robot, Tools, Software, Field Setup and robot parts- Here is a more complete checklist for starting an FTC team
Overview of costs – Sample Rookie Team Budget from 2016
Team Mean Machine has developed a resource library to supply FTC teams with a means of assured material aid. This library works in two cycles: clubs or teams can choose to check out materials from the library for one year, or they can request that the library purchase materials for them, under the agreement that the purchased materials will then be returned to the library at the end of that year for lending to any team the next year.
Moreover, students from Team Mean Machine are available to advise or assist in mentoring FTC teams that request aid. Dependent upon scheduling, students of 2471 can meet up to weekly with teams that request their assistance.
If you would like further information about FTC or would like to receive aid from either our resource library or our students, please contact us below.