FTC

What is FTC?

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students in grades 7–12 to compete head to head.  Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams.  The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using Java.  Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.  Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.  The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people, creating more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Game Season Starts the 2nd Saturday in September of each year.  FIRST will announce the challenge for the season with game video, rules and more. 

FAQ

WHAT?

The La Cañada Engineering Club is currently hosting 2 FTC teams. Team 5921, La Cañada Engineering Club, is for the beginners of FTC. Team 21525, Blockhead2, is for the advanced.

WHEN?

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

WHERE?

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

PARTICIPANTS, REGISTRATION, FIELD TRIP AND MEDICAL FORMS

EACH TEAM – Youth grades 7-12 with approximately 8 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 Enrollment-Click Here).

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 or FTC 21525.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or text 818-450-8646.

LCUSD Field Trip and Medical Forms (coming soon)

COST

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 $2300 per team ($4600). 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).

COMPETITIONS?

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

5921

La Cañada Engineering Club, beginners

Parent/ Mentor

 

How can I Help the Teams? Sign-up to Volunteer/ Mentor (Click HERE)

Workshop Schedule*

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
rooms 320* and 604*
*depends on 604 Shared activities with PCY

Contacts:
FTC Director, Chloe Lee [email protected]
LCEC Operations Director & Mentor, Brian Mendoza [email protected]

21525

Blockhead2, advanced

Parent/ Mentor

 

How can I Help the Teams? Sign-up to Volunteer/ Mentor (Click HERE)

Workshop Schedule*

Saturday Oct. 1, 2pm to 5pm, room 604
Saturday Oct. 8, 2pm to 5pm, room 604
*schedule will be reviewed and updated

Contacts:
FTC Director, Sanjith Cherumandanda [email protected]
LCEC Operations Director & Mentor, Brian Mendoza [email protected]

Competition Information

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Dates

  • Meet 0, Nov. 5th, 2022 at La Canada HS
  • Meet 1, Dec. 3rd, 2022 at La Canada HS
  • Meet 2, Jan. 7th, 2023 at La Canada HS
  • Meet 3, Jan.14th, 2023 at La Canada HS
  • Inter-League Tournament (ILT) February 18th, 2023 at Monrovia HS
  • SoCal FTC State Championships, March 11th, 2023 at Monrovia HS
  • World Championships, April 19-22, 2023 at Houston TX

LIVE Stream

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Ranking

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2022-2023 FTC Game Resources

FIRST
2022-2023
FTC
Game Video

FTC Game Manual 1 (updated 9/12/22)

FTC Game Manual 2 (updated 9/10/22)

Control Award (7/19/22)

Team Media