Members of the First Tech Challenge are aged 14-18. They are getting into the more complex stuff!
Under the guidance of mentors, the team are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge. Our members use a standard competition kit (reused each year) to design and build a robot to meet the challenge released by FIRST international in September. Team members develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Team members also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Our team flies up to Sydney to compete against teams from all around Australia.
The competition takes place under the guiding value of FIRST, Gracious Professionalism. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.
The skills and knowledge gained by our FTC team go far beyond being handy with a screwdriver and using programming languages. The experiences our team members have will benefit them whatever path their future life takes them on. As well as giving them memories to last a lifetime.
Our FTC team is an award-winning team who has been competing in Sydney since 2013.