How to Start a FIRST Tech Challenge Team

WHAT MAKES UP A TEAM?
 
FTC teams come in all shapes and sizes, however the basic requirements are:
  • 2 adult coaches or mentors
  • 3-15 participants in grades 7-12
  • Teams may be of mixed age and gender
  • Teams DO NOT need to be formed from an organization such as a school. Minnesota has an array of teams affilated with 4-H, homeschool entities, neighborhoods and schools. 
FORMING A TEAM 

Finding Participants and Coaches

  • Hold an informational meeting at your organization in the spring or summer to gauge interest.
  • Recruit mentors
    • ‚ÄčTwo mentors/coaches per team are required and no experience is necessary! 
    • Recruit mentors from local businesses, schools and your pool of parents. Many teams reach out to their local communities for assistance. 

Register your new team!

  • Registration is a two step process:
    • National Registration with FIRST® opens yearly in May.
    • Minnesota Registration with High Tech Kids opens at the end of September.
  • Teams must be registered nationally before they can register locally. 
FTC SEASON
National Registration  May
Challenge Release/Kick Off September
Minnesota Registration October
Minnesota League Play October - January
Minnesota Qualifying Events November - January
Minnesota State Championship February
North Super Regional March
World Championship April
 

  Teams typically meet 2-3 times per week.
FTC teams do NOT have a restrictive build season. 

Don't know where to start? See these resources from
FTC Mentor Manual
FTC Quick Start Video Guide 
 
 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

FIRST-YEAR TEAM (for a team of 15, costs average $140/student)

FIRST® National team registration  $275
High Tech Kids Minnesota League Fee (includes one Qualifier) $300**
High Tech Kids Minnesota Qualifying Tournament Fee (per event) $175** 
TETRIX FTC Competition Set $580
Control & Communication Set $265
Electronic Modules $ Sensors Set $150
Andy Mark Game Elements (optional) $480 (full field)
$270 (half field)
$150 (quarter field)
TOTAL: ~ $2100
 
SECOND-YEAR TEAM (For a team of 15, costs average $107/student)
FIRST® National team registration $275
High Tech Kids Minnesota League Fee (includes one Qualifier) $300**
High Tech Kids Minnesota Qualifying Tournament Fee (per event) $175**
Additional parts  $0-500
Andy Mark Game Elements (optional) $480 (full field)
$270 (half field)
$150 (quarter field)
TOTAL: ~ $1600*
 *Does not include $300 MN State Championship Fee (for advancing teams)
or shipping and handling fees
**Teams choose EITHER Legaue Play or Qualifier Play.