Compete as a Team

Young people participating in FIRST® Tech Challenge learn to think, operate, and collaborate like innovators - applying STEM solutions to real-world issues. Teams develop strategies, build robots, and learn life skills - before competing head to head.

FIRST® Tech Challenge - the hardest fun you’ll ever have!

Woodie Flowers, Professor of Engineering MIT

The challenge

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a six-month long programme where teams of young people supported by a mentor, build a robot to tackle a defined challenge – before competing in a national competition. Teams will:

  • Design, build, and programme robots
  • Apply STEM solutions to real-world issues
  • Collaborate in alliances and compete in tournaments
  • Engage with local employers, universities, and industry professionals
  • Develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and team-building skills

Each September a new game for the season is launched to teams around the world.

The 2018-19 game

Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUS℠ presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. In the 2018-19 FIRST® Tech Challenge season teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging ‘out-of-this-world’ space-themed game.

FIRST® Tech Challenge 2018-19 game animation

The launch of the game is accompanied by detailed rules, guidance, and support for teams:

Registering a team

Teams register online, paying a £99 non-refundable fee to secure their place in the national championships, access to regional tournaments, and online resources.

Timeline of FTC Season