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 annouce the challenge for the season with game video, rules and more. 

To get more Official FIRST FTC Game information, click on the FIRST FTC Logo.



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


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 8 team members, at least 1 Parent Mentor and at least 1 LCEC High School Student Mentor.


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.

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