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.

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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

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Lubbock Events

Lubbock FTC Qualifier
January 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Frenship High School Gym, Wolfforth, Texas

Panhandle Plains FTC Championship
February 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Frenship High School Gym, Wolfforth, Texas

The 2014/2015 Game

The 2014/2015 FTC game will be Cascade Effect!sm

For more information on the game, click here.

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

FTC Sponsors