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FIRST® Tech Challenge @ Red Alert

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What is FIRST® Tech Challenge?

FIRST® Tech Challenge is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. 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 for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Compete for a spot in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $13.5 million in college scholarships


Who is on the CG Red Alert Cyberstorm, Panic in the Buildroom and Danger Management teams?

FIRST® Tech Challenge Teams 6190, 8149, and 13295 are comprised of 7th, 8th and 9th grade students from Center Grove Schools. The students work together to create and build a working competitive robot. During each meeting we work on our competition robot and develop skills needed to transition to FIRST® Robotics Competition.

When and where do we meet?

Currently, we meet on Monday and Thursday nights at 6:00pm at Center Grove Innovation Center. After Kickoff, we will have a full calendar listed for you to download.

Why did we create a FIRST® Tech Challenge Team?

The technical bridge between FIRST® Lego League and FIRST®  Robotics Competition has a very dramatic learning curve. FIRST® Tech Challenge was brought to Center Grove to help reinforce the vertical articulation that the FIRST program offers students.  These students need the extensive experiences offered at an FIRST® Tech Challenge competition such as understanding robot inspections, understaning software inspections, the use of scouting as a way to pick alliance partners, and to understand what Graceious Professionalism means at a competition. Over the last five seasons our two teams have enjoyed a lot of success at competitions and the students have been better prepared for FIRST Robotics Competition.

Team Hanbook (2017-2018):

FTC Handbook 2017-2018

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