FIRST® Tech Challenge

ROBOTICS

FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics

FIRST Tech Challenge brings high school students together to design, build, program, and test high-tech and complex robots! 

What is FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)?

FIRST Tech Challenge is a national program for high students, grades 9 – 12. In teams, students are challenged to document a season of building, designing, programming, and testing a robot to be used in competition.

Different teams learn to work together through an alliance-based competition system designed to be competitive, respectful, and fun. Teams not only create a robot each season – they also bond, learn, and grow together.

More information about the season and FIRST program can be found online.

Why Should I Join a Team?

  • Hands-on experience with technology
  • Great place to make new friends
  • Networking for the future
  • Team work skills
  • New experiences
  • It’s fun!

What Can I Expect Once I Join?

The FTC season is from September to February, and the time commitment is less compared to athletic sports. Team members can expect to hear lots of stories and create new ones!

How Can I Join FTC Robotics?

Registration for FTC Robotics begins in the fall, at the beginning of the new school year. Check back for more information.

Carlsbad’s FIRST LEGO League Program

All CUSD LEGO robotics programs are funded by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. CEF Invests nearly $150,000 annually in robotics for CUSD students. This includes:

  • Second-Grade Robotics: In-class program for all 2nd-grade students
  • FLL Robotics: After-school program for grades 4-8
  • FTC Robotics: After-school program for grades 9-12

Students from every Carlsbad elementary and middle school are represented on robotics teams. The total cost for each FLL team member to participate in the program is approximately $900 per year. A recommended donation of $300 per team member is requested from each family to help cover the costs of competitions, equipment, and programming. Your donations have enabled CEF to expand the FLL program from serving less than 50 students to nearly 200 students over the past three years.