FIRST Tech Challenge - Texas Tech - Lubbock


About the FIRST Tech Challenge

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The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a mid-level robotics competition targeted toward students in grades 9-12 (aged 14-18).

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students 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 a 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
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships


Volunteers Needed! Find out how you can help.

Photos and Videos

2017 Game

First ResQ

Lubbock Events

Panhandle Plains FTC Championship
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Lubbock High School Dining Hall, Lubbock, Texas

Practice matches begin 8:00 a.m.
Event Kickoff 1:05 p.m.
Opening Ceremony 1:15 p.m. 
Qualifying matches begin 3:45 p.m. 
Elimination matches begin 5:30 p.m. 
Awards and Closing Ceremony

El Paso Events

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The 2017/2018 Game Teaser


For more information on the game, click here.

Partner Rookie Grant

Great news – North America partners will be given one grant to award to a rookie team who is ready to join FIRST Tech Challenge but funding may be holding them back.

Grant details:
1. Awarded Rookie teams will receive $275 registration and $275 product.
2. To be awarded, a team MUST have a temporary team number.
3. FIRST Tech Challenge rookies that have already paid for their registration are not eligible for this grant.
4. Report the temporary team number to my attention. If the temporary team number is not reported, we will not be able to deliver the funds to the appropriate team.
5. Submit your temporary team number by October 2nd.

Supporting FTC

Private, corporate, and industry support is encouraged to advance this activity across the western half of the State of Texas. For information on supporting the FIRST Tech Challenge, contact Alan Barhorst (see contact information below).


For more information regarding funding for first and second-year teams, click here.


For more information on the Lubbock FTC events, contact:

Alan A. Barhorst, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1021



2017-2018 Program Sponsor


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SM energy

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