FAQ: Challenge
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What is this years challenge?

We’re pushing FIRST® City forward and up into the skies – and shifting the way we think about our place in the galaxy. Check out the official game animation for the FIRST® Tech Challenge SKYSTONE season Presented by Qualcomm.

How are teams judged at competitions and what awards are there for FIRST® Tech Challenge teams participating?

At FIRST® Tech Challenge tournaments, there are three parts to the judging process:
1) interview with judges;
2) evaluation of performance during the tournament
3) evaluation of the engineering notebook.

Each team will have a ten to fifteen minute “fact-finding” interview with a panel of two or three judges. At the start of the interview, students will get a minimum of 5 minutes to present to the judges. After the Team’s five-minute presentation, the Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Team, the Robot, outreach efforts, etc.

The judges’ interviews take place before any Qualification Matches so the entire team may be interviewed. When teams arrive at the tournament, the interview schedule should be included in the registration materials. Teams must know when they will be interviewed and arrive to the interview room early. Each team should have at least two student team representatives and the robot available; the entire team is encouraged to join
in. Mentors (no more than two) are welcome to watch the Judges’ Interview at most tournaments but cannot take part in the interview.

Teams may not opt out of judges’ interviews. Teams may attend
their scheduled judges’ interviews if their robots have not passed inspection.

Here are additional resources for FTC Tournament judging.

What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® Tech Challenge event?

All official rules for the current season are in the Game & Season Manual released at Kickoff.

Here are the 2019 rules.

What is the FIRST® Tech Challenge?

Each September FIRST® our parent organization headquartered in New Hampshire, provides teams across the globe with a new challenge that focuses on real-world issues that scientists and engineers are facing today.

Students work together to design, build, and program their robots, preparing for the competition season that begins around November. Competition season can last through May or April depending on how far the team advances.

In addition to designing, building, and programming a robot for competition, teams will have to raise funds, design and maintain the team brand, and work to compete for specific awards. The students will also have to create an engineering notebook that documents their journey through the season.

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