La Canada
Engineering Club


What is FTC?

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an international competition for students in grades 7-12 to design, build, program, and operate robots in a ten-week build period and compete in a head-to-head challenge (FIRST). Students, with the help of coaches, mentors, and volunteers, develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles. Teams start their journey at local competitions and slowly build their way up to the FIRST FTC World Championship, block by block. At these competitions, FIRST awards teams who embody essential values, such as “Gracious Professionalism™, teamwork, creativity, innovation, and the value of the engineering design process. The ultimate goal of this program is to inspire the next generation by providing accessible opportunities that help students discover the excitement and rewards of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Game Season Starts in September of each year.  FIRST will announce the challenge for the season with game video, rules and more. 



The La Cañada Engineering Club hosts three FTC teams: Team 5921, Team 21525, and Team 23838. Separated by age group.


Starting in September, FTC teams meet after school on select days* between 3:30-5:30 pm to work on a research project, robot construction, programming, and mission design. See schedule below.


La Cañada Engineering Club’s workshop at La Cañada High School, room 604, pass the North GYM.


EACH TEAM – Youth grades 7-12 with approximately 15 team members, at least 1 Parent Mentor, and at least 1 LCEC High School Student Mentor. Once the team is ready to compete, EACH member and Parent must create a FIRST INSPIRES Account and complete both the registration and Consent Forms (see below for link). Besides FIRST Registration that needs to be completed, complete the club registrations for the student (LCEC).

Register yourself on the Official FIRST Website (FIRST INSPIRES – CLICK HERE) for a new FIRST account, not your child. Enter your name, email address, and birthdate, not your child’s. You will be able to add your child and apply to a team under the Parent/Guardian – Youth tab on your dashboard after your account has been created. Once completed, please search the Team Number to join the roster, Either FTC 5921 to FTC 23838 or FTC 21525.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or text 626-605-24294.


LCEC and its programs are NOT funded by LCUSD. However, donated lab fees and Family and Company Donations help support ALL Programs. For example, FTC Team robot parts and costs to compete up to regionals, not including any traveling expense, is $2600 per team ($7800). Please help and pay the lab fee (Click Here) if you would like to be a Sponsor and be recognized as part of our LCEC Family Support (Click Here).


The competitions begin in November and take place on the weekends at various locations around Southern California through January. The Los Angeles Regional Championship is in March. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship in April. See schedule below.


Team Meetings and Workshop Schedule


Beta Blockheads

Workshop Schedule

Mondays and Fridays
3:30 – 5:30 PM

FTC Director,Leo Chaudhary-Kim [email protected]
LCEC Program Director, & Mentor, Brian Mendoza [email protected]


La Cañada Engineering Club

Workshop Schedule

Wednesdays and Thursdays
3:30 – 5:30 PM

FTC Director, David Backer-Peral [email protected]
LCEC Program Director & Mentor, Brian Mendoza [email protected]



Workshop Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30 – 5:30 PM

FTC Director, Victor He [email protected]
LCEC Program Director & Mentor, Brian Mendoza [email protected]

Meet 0, Competition



  • Meet 0, November 11th at La Canada HS
  • Meet 1, December 2nd at La Canada HS
  • Meet 2, January 6th at La Canada HS
  • Meet 3, January 13th at La Canada HS
  • Inter-League Tournament (ILT) February 18th 2024 at Monrovia HS
  • SoCal FTC State Championships, March 2024 at Monrovia HS
  • World Championships, April 2024 at Houston TX

LIVE Stream

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2023-2024 FTC Game Resources


Team Media