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Welcome to FIRST Tech Challenge!

FIRST St. Louis Region supports all Missouri and Kansas FIRST Tech Challenge teams. 

FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

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What will I get from FIRST Tech Challenge?

  • You’ll be part of an amazing community!
  • You’ll get to try new things!
  • You’ll grow and learn new skills!
  • You’ll be eligible for thousands of dollars of college scholarships!

How do I find a team?

Teams can be started by anyone. In 2016, 86% of our teams were affiliated with a high school or middle school. The remaining teams were family/friends/neighbors, homeschool groups or youth organizations.

We recommend that you check your local school first to see if a team already exists or if there is interest in getting one going. Starting a new team is a great experience and something you can proudly add to your resume.

FIRST has alliances with Girl Scouts, 4-H, and Boys and Girls Clubs which means they may help support local teams.

What does it cost?

All costs are at a team level. The rookie year is the most expensive as this includes the supplies for building your robot. These parts are reusable each year.

An estimate for a rookie team in our MO/KS system would be about $2,000.

  • $275 National registration
  • $995 Kit of Parts, Control Set, Electronics Set
  • $100 Entry fee for 2 Meets
  • $100 Entry fee for 1 Qualifier
  • $150 Entry fee for State Championship (earned advancement)
  • Additional funds for travel expenses, t-shirts, etc.

Returning teams do not need to spend the $995 for parts.

What is the season timeframe?

May thru Oct. – National Registration open
Aug. 26 – Training Camp
Sept. 9 – Kickoff and Game Reveal
Oct. 27 thru Jan. 27 – Meets
Dec. and Jan. – Qualifiers
Feb. 10 – Conference Qualifiers *
Feb. 24 – Missouri State Championship *
March 8-10 – Super-Regional in Athens, GA *
April 18-21 – FIRST Championship in Houston, TX *

* Limited number of teams, invitation based on advancement criteria

How often do teams meet?

The number and structure of team meetings vary widely. Some teams are before or after school clubs. Some teams are run as part of classroom curriculum. Independent teams of friends or neighbors may meet on weekends only.

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How do I start a team?

We are the local organizing committee and are here to support your team. The registration process is handled at the national website. Of course, if you may contact us to discuss the process at any time.

FIRST has a page dedicated to helping you Start a Team

Do I need special skills?

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.

Upcoming FTC Events
Sat 26

Training Camp

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – St. Louis Area

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – Kansas City Area

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – SEMO Area

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – Mid MO Area

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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