FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®)

Battle against the best

Students of Advanced Robotics can qualify for high-level competitive events. FTC is fantastic for those who thrive in a team sports based head-to-head competition setting. Teams of up to 10 students design, build, and program their robots to compete against other teams in an alliance format. Winners earn spots in the World Championship and have the opportunity to qualify for almost seven million dollars in college scholarships.

Teams battle with a reusable robot kit that is programmed using a variety of languages. All team members, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and construct robots with sound engineering principles. Awards are given not only for the competition, but also for design, community outreach, and additional real-world accomplishments.

We figure it makes sense to promote an organization that shares the goals of Great Minds Robotics. We contribute to their well-being by preparing teams to compete. Every year has a specific theme.

2010-2011 season brings the GET OVER IT!™ Challenge: Using a combination of sensors, including infrared tracking (IR), line following, magnet seeking, ultrasonic, touch, and more, students will program their robots to operate in both autonomous and tele-operated modes over a raised center goal. GET OVER IT! matches will last two minutes and 40 seconds, and will begin with a 40-second autonomous period followed by a two-minute tele-operated period. The final 30 seconds of the tele-operated period is the "end game" where teams can only make contact with their own bridge and will try to get their robots and goal on top of the bridges to get balance points.

Our FTC Teams are comprised of up to six students with at least one adult coach.

Enroll today for a chance to try out for the Great Minds Robotics team!