FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge)

FTC in Minnesota

High Tech Kids is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that supports youth STEM programs in Minnesota such as FIRST® LEGO® League Junior, FIRST® LEGO® League, and FIRST® Tech Challenge programs. Through these programs we train, teach and empower student teams, coaches and volunteers.

With the help of more than 2000 volunteers, we work hard to offer high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate science and technology. Kids learn how to work together, solve real-world problems and become leaders. To support High Tech Kids is to invest in our children, to share our passion, and to inspire these future innovators, leaders, collaborators, and problem solvers for the 21st century.

High Tech Kids now serves over 6,700 kids across Minnesota each year. Since our inception in 1999 we have helped over 62,000 students discover the fun in science and technology.

For more information, please visit https://hightechkids.org/

What is FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)?

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

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 competition by teaching teenagers the importance of working together, sharing ideas and treating each other with respect and dignity.

Students get to:
• Design, build, and program robots
• Apply real-world math and science concepts
• Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
• Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
• Earn a place in the World Championship
• Qualify for $80 million in scholarships

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