What is FTC?The FIRST Tech Challenge, or FTC for short, is an international robotics competition. The competition is organised by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science en Technology). FIRST is a big organisation that tries to motivate children and teens to work with STEM. Every year, FIRST organizes 4 competitions. The FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. The demographics of these challenges range between 1st and 12th grade.
Game DescriptionFTC is a robotics competition where you have to design, build and program your robot from scratch. That doesn’t mean FTC is just about the robot. On the contrary, it’s more about teambuilding, your presentation and the process itself. The games are played on a 12ft. square playing field. Each challenge has different ways of scoring points. A match is played with 4 teams. 2 in the blue alliance and 2 in the read alliance. These alliances are randomly created at the start of the tournament. Your alliance partner in one match may be your opponent in another. Every match starts with a 30 second autonomous period where robots drive on only pre-programmed instructions. After that comes a 2 minute driver controlled period. During the driver controlled period, 2 team members may drive the robot. The alliance with the most points at the end of the match wins.
Every year has a new challenge, this year’s challenge is “Freight Frenzy”. The main way of scoring points is Scoring Freight into the shipping hubs.
This video has a brief overview of the game and rules.