FIRST Tech Challenge

Overview

Grades: 9-12

Location: 1960 South Street, Coventry CT

Meeting Times: See Below

Start Date: September (expect some optional summer meetings)

End Date: February

Cost: $75/ student

Our FTC Team is a 4H Robotics Team

It’s way more than building robots! FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge.

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

Each year a new game is released, and students have to strategize, design, build, and program a robot that is ready to compete against teams from across the state.  

Students on the team also participate in community outreach, where they'll have the opportunity to volunteer and use what they learn to give back to the community.

See the videos on the right to get more information on FIRST Tech Challenge and to see robots in action!

The infographic below shows statistics relating to student outcomes from the FIRST Tech Challenge Program.

2023-2024 Program

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Question and Answer

For any questions not answered below, please contact ymacary@tcrobotics.org.

Is there any costs associated with the program?

Yes, there is $75 cost for registration.  This helps us cover entry fees, materials, etc.  This does NOT include the team shirt and lunch at competitions.

Are parents required to stay for the duration of the program?

No, parents are not required to stay for the duration of meetings.

How long is the program?

The program is from September (with some optional summer meetings) through February.  Students meet 6 hrs/week.

How do you communicate with parents?

We utilize Remind, a communication platform that allows us to send out messages to all students in our programs, and parents to individually contact program leaders.  Information on how to join can be found when you sign up.

Do students need to be from Coventry to participate in the program?

No, there is no residency requirement for any of our programs.

Do I have to attend every single session?

In this program, students commit to a team.  As such we expect students to attend every session.  We understand that illness and other issues may arise, but we hope that every family that signs up commits to the program as much as possible.

Will students work in a team?

Yes, students will be working in teams of 8-15 students for the duration of the season.

Who will be running the program?

The program is run by mentors of the Tolland County Robotics Foundation who receive training and go through 2 different background checks.  Some of these mentors are parents, college students, or alumni of the FIRST program.

Is there a competition at the end of the season?

Yes, at the end of the season students compete in 2 end-of-the-year competitions where they will compete against teams from all over the state.  Teams that qualify then compete at the Connecticut State Championship.