FIRSTTech ComboFIRST Tech Challenge is one of the student robotics programs offered by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Teams of up to 15 students, with adult leaders and mentors, build a remote-controlled robot using an Android controller and extensive parts list. Each year's game is different! Teams must strategize, design and build their robots accordingly. At competitions, two-team alliances square off in successive two-and-a-half minute rounds combining autonomous and operator-controlled play.

During the season, teams document their progress and the process behind the creation and deployment of their robot, then present their results to judges. Teams can earn awards in areas that include engineering, design excellence, competitive play, and sportsmanship. Participants in the FIRST Tech Challenge are eligible for millions of dollars in college scholarships through FIRST.

MD/DC Events:

Qualifying Tournaments

Maryland/DC FTC is holding nine FTC Qualifying Tournaments for the 2018-19 season. Qualifiers range in size to accommodate demand and local team needs. The number of slots at each event to advance to the Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship are announced after registration is completed. Maryland and DC FTC teams will register for two events; we expect limited space for third plays or out-of-state teams this season.

Preference for our events is given to Maryland and DC teams up to their two plays guaranteed by our payment structure. MD/DC teams seeking third play and out-of-region teams are placed on tiered waiting lists and fill event slots when registration closes.

Maryland and DC teams are charged a "program fee" instead of individual qualifier fees. With the program fee, teams can sign up for up to two events. For the 2018-19 season, the program fee is $300.

USRA will send invoices and payment instructions directly to team leaders. There is an additional $300 registration fee for teams that qualify for the Maryland/DC FTC Championship, invoiced separately. Out of region teams that wish to compete are charged a $200 event fee for qualifying events.

All Maryland FTC events are free and open to the public, and we encourage visitors to come share the excitement. The best time for viewing is generally in the afternoon between 1:00 - 4:00pm as the teams finish their Qualification Rounds, make their alliance selections and engage in Championship Rounds!

Consider Volunteering

If you're interested in helping out, we'd love to have you! Volunteers roles at events vary in time commitment and complexity.

 

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