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FTC Team Resources

FIRST and many other organizations, including other teams, provide a variety of resources and training for both veteran and rookie FIRST teams. This page contains links to manuals, documents and other resources that will increase your knowledge of FIRST and its various components.



  • Math is Not a Four Letter Word -  Presentation given by Andy Driesman, Mentor- 4318 Green Machine Reloaded at 2017 Kickoff

    Covers questions like: How long should a “robot arm” be?  Which gears should we use?  In what combination?  How do I stop burning up motors? How can we figure out what a robot will do without building it?  These are some of the questions that will be answered in this session.  Often teams take a “trial and error” approach to designing/building FTC robots. This is time intensive and can force teams into poor design solutions because they don’t have time to seek and implement better solutions.  A basic understanding of physics and the judicious use of math will allow teams to quickly calculate how a robot will perform. 

FTC Resources

Fundraising and Grants

Other Resources

  • Sharkbiat Blog - 2017-18 Rookie Team's blog as they move through their rookie season.
  • ASEE - The official website for the American Society of Engineering Education
  • ASME - The official website for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASME Guide to Starting A FIRST Team
  • Electrical Engineering School info - Online resource for Electrical Engineering undergrad programs.
  • IEEE - The official website for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
  • FIRST Community Alumni - Official community for alumni designed to increase continued support of FIRST.
  • NASA Robotics Alliance - An educational program designed to increase robotics expertise in the U.S.
  • NEMO - The official website for the FIRST Robotics Non-Engineering Mentor Organization, the support group and information exchange for adult mentors
  • NSBE - The official website for the National Society of Black Engineers
  • Robot Chicks Union - The official website for the Robot Chicks Union, advocates of the involvement of females in FIRST
  • Science Resources - A non-profit organization that promotes quality science and engineering education
  • SME - The official website for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • SWE - The official website for the Society of Women Engineers, advocates for women achieving their full  potential in engineering careers