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FIRST Tech Challenge for
7th - 12th Grade Students
WHAT IS FIRST Tech Challenge?


FIRST World Championship! April 19 - 22
From Oregon there are 9 FIRST Tech Challenge teams, 2 FIRST LEGO League teams, 14 FIRST Robotics Competition teams and 1 FIRST LEGO League Junior team competing in Houston

Details for the FIRST Tech Challenge teams.

Cheer on our FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon teams competing this week at the FTC World Championship in Houston, Texas.
FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Teams
Franklin Division
7750 - Mechanical Maniacs - Sutherlin
8176 - Steelhead - Hood River
10060 - Klamath Coyotes - Klamath Falls
3525 - Dynamite Robotics - Banks

Jemison Division
750 - Gears in Motion - Tigard
4885 - Batteries in Black - Portland - @batteriesinblac
7013 - Hot Wired Robotics - Portland
8045 - Gromit's Grommets - Pleasant Hill - @PHillRobotics
9769 - Total Chaos  - Portland


FIRST Tech Challenge teams program is a mid-level robotics competition being developed to provide an opportunity for up to 15 members, grades 7-12.   FIRST Tech Challenge is an excellent way to experience the power, excitement, and fun of science, technology, engineering, and math and gain insights in the possibility of a technical career.  Team members will be involved in the design, implementation, and programming of a robot to participate in a well defined challenge in competition and cooperation with robots from other teams. 
Video introduction

Start a Team
Starting a FIRST Tech Challenge team is relatively easy. Best advice is to learn about the program, find interested students, a few adults to be mentors and proceed to nationally register the team. Teams exist many different ways. Teams form as an after-school activity, as part of in-classroom curriculum, club activity such as 4-H or Scouts, a neighborhood or organization team.  FIRST - Start a Team 

Team Resources

Annual Challenge
Each year, Teams participate in a new Game that requires them to design, build, test, and program autonomous and driver-operated Robots that must perform a series of tasks. The new challenge is released on FIRST Tech Challenge Kick-off Day which occurs the Saturday after Labor Day. The playing field for the Game consists of the FIRST Tech Challenge game pieces set up on a foam-mat surface, surrounded by a metal and polycarbonate Field frame. Each Tournament features Alliances, which are comprised of two Teams, competing against one another on the playing field. Teams work to overcome obstacles and meet challenges, while learning from, and interacting with their peers and adult Mentors. Annual Challenge Video 

Current 2017/18 Hot Topics for FIRST Tech Challenge teams
Look here for the most important links and information depending on the time of season.
Budgeting and Funding
To be updated in Spring 2017

Team Registration
National Registration: All FIRST Tech Challenge teams must be nationally registered and pay a national registration fee of $275*.  This fee does not include participation in tournaments.
Oregon Tournament Registration: Teams also register for local tournaments and pay program fee per event*.
* 2017/18 fees will be updated in after  May 1st

FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon is a hybrid region offering two pathways of participation in tournament events. Both League team and Non-League team paths advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Championship. 
2017/2018 Calendar of Events: TBA
Event Results will be posted to ftcstats.org

Workshops, Tutorials
    Annual Game Challenge Reference Page
    FIRST Tech Challenge Forum
    FIRST Tech Challenge Team Management Resources

Workshops - TBA for 2017/2018

Newsfeed and Blogs
FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Blog (archive of emails to teams)
National FIRST Tech Challenge Blog
ORTOP Newsletter

FIRST Tech Challenge has two types of events; short-day league meets in the fall and all-day tournaments starting in January. Volunteers interact with students in 7th grade through high school. While several roles require technical knowledge there are also many roles for non-technical volunteers. Detailed Information for 2017/18 will be available in spring 2018.

ORTOP wishes to thank our presenting sponsor  for FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon


FIRSTTech Challenge Season Timeline 2017-2018
(dates subject to change)

Spring 2017

National FIRST Tech Challenge Registration opens

Summer 2017
Workshops - Date/LocationsTBA

Fall 2017
September 9  - FIRST Tech Challenge KICK-OFF!!!
FTC Oregon League Signups - Open Sept 15/ Closes October 15th
FTC Oregon Non-League QT Signups - Open Sept 15/Closes November 1st

Workshops TBA

FALL 2017 /WINTER 2018
League Meet Schedule  - To Be Announced
Locations for meets in 2016/17: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Portland, Salem, Junction City, Roseburg, Bend, Hood River and Pendleton
New Locations: TBA
League Meets will be held in November and December 2017. Day/Time is chosen by the League.

League Qualifying Tournaments and Non-League Qualifying Tournaments
Most likely weekends for League and Non-League Qualifiying Tournaments Jan 13/14, 20/21, 27/28.
FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Super-Qualifiers

SQ1 and SQ2 - Feb 10/11 - Location: TBA
SQ3 and SQ4 - Feb 10/11 -
Location: TBA

FIRST Tech Challenge Championship presented by Rockwell Collins
Location: TBA
Judging and Inspection  - February 24
Qualifying Matches/Elimination Round/Awards - Feb 25

FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional Championship
March: TBA - Tacoma Convention Center, Washington
hosted by FIRST Washington

FIRST Tech Challenge WORLD Championship
for Oregon Teams
HOUSTON, TEXAS - April 18 - 20, 2018

After you review the website, if you have additional questions, please send email to ftc-questions@ortop.org