Welcome to the new FIRST Illinois Website!
The FIRST Tech Challenge is more than a high school robotics program. It is a community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by engaging high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). FTC is about teaching students the value of hard work, innovation, and creativity. It goes beyond the competition by teaching teenagers about the importance of working together, sharing ideas, and treating each other with respect and dignity.
When a student joins an FTC team, they join a global community of students who are interested in using technology to build a better world tomorrow. There are over 20,000 students from around the globe who design and build robots to compete against one another in competition. They compete locally to earn their way to the annual FTC World Championship!
FTC Teams are comprised of about 10 students (no more than 15) ages 12-18 (Grades 7-12) along with 2 or 3 mentors who use a modular robotics platform to conceive, build, and compete in a FIRST-designed game. They design, build, and program robots, get hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience, apply real-world math and science concepts, document the engineering process, and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. Teams come from schools, home schools, after-school groups, churches, civic organizations, and neighborhood groups.