FIRST Tech Challenge teams should have a maximum of 15 students, many schools have multiple FTC teams to make sure all interested students are included. Students do not need any technical skills to join, FIRST encourages youths with all interests to join!
What is the time commitment for coaches, volunteers, and team members?
Mentors or adult Volunteers meet with their team at least once per week during the build and competition season (September – April). Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You, your family, and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.
What kind of computer is needed for a FIRST® Tech Challenge team?
Teams must have access to either a Mac or a PC with an internet connection. Computers will be used for the design process, and for programming the team’s robot. Students will need to use computers for research, the Engineering Notebook, and other awards.
Students will also use the computers during competition, to update or fix potential electrical or programming issues.
What kind of practice space does a FIRST® Tech Challenge team need?
A suitable meeting place and space to design and build a robot about the size of a microwave oven.
Are there any special skills required to participate?
All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical and non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills to succeed, so what are you good at? Chances are we have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.
Student and adult team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like programming, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and many more. FIRST® Tech Challenge welcomes every student, with or without special skills.