MN FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)


What is FIRST® Tech Challenge…

FIRST® Tech Challenge in MN (MN FTC) is part of an international robotics program that includes more than 3000 teams globally.  

Teams of up to fifteen students collaborate to build and program a robot that competes on a 12’ by 12’ field. The challenge is new each year and is designed to challenge students to think critically and expand their knowledge of the engineering process.


What a team does.....
The FTC challenge is released at the beginning of September. Minnesota teams may opt in to League Play or choose participating in Qualifiers only. League meets may start mid October and continue until two weeks before their League Quaifier (generally in January). Regular qualifying events will occur from November through January. Teams will typically meet two to three times per week, designing, building and programming their robot. Teams do not have a restrictive build season. 

Another aspect of FTC is the engineering notebook; a tool for teams to document their robot design iterations, programming changes, community outreach, team brainstorming sessions, and team meetings.

Teams also participate in community outreach and connect with their engineering community.  Outreach occurs in many ways, from starting other FIRST teams to demoing at the local library to volunteering in a school to demoing at a local company and an infinite number of other possibilities.

This team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology.  Visit the FIRST website for more program details.


High Tech Kids, in partnership with FIRST®, brings FIRST® Tech Challenge to Minnesota.
Due to our partnership with FIRST, we are unable to place students on teams.

High Tech Kids - A Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, supports FTC teams in Minnesota by offering training, tournament opportunities, volunteer coordination and community outreach. Since its inception in 1999, High Tech Kids has grown from serving 175 youth to more than 43,000 students across the state, with the help of over 1800 volunteers.

FIRST® - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®) is the national nonprofit that authors and executes the yearly theme for FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC). Teams must be registered nationally in order to participate locally. For more information go to FIRST Tech Challenge.