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



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 experienced.


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.


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 Enrollment-COMING SOON).

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 818-208-0484.


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).


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


La Cañada Engineering Club, beginners

2022-2023 Season as Concluded


THANK TO EVERYONE for a excellent Season. New Season Starts September 9th

Workshop Schedule

Mondays*, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Beginners- Mondays ONLY

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


Blockhead2, experienced

2022-2023 Season as Concluded


THANK TO EVERYONE for a excellent Season. New Season Starts September 9th


Workshop Schedule

Saturdays 2pm to 5pm, room 604
*schedule will be reviewed and updated

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

FTC Kick-Off Information



  • Meet 0, TBD at La Canada HS
  • Meet 1, TBD at La Canada HS
  • Meet 2, TBD at La Canada HS
  • Meet 3, TBD at La Canada HS
  • Inter-League Tournament (ILT) TBD at Monrovia HS
  • SoCal FTC State Championships, March 2024 at Monrovia HS
  • World Championships, April 2024 at Houston TX

LIVE Stream

  • Inter-League Tournament: 
  • Regional Championships: 
  • World Championships: 


  • Inter-League Tournament: 
  • Regional Championships: 
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2023-2024 FTC Game Resources

Game Video


FTC Game Manual 1

FTC Game Manual 2

Robot Inspection Form

Field Inspection Form

Control Award  Submission Form

Control Award

Team Media