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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 7-12 (aged 12-18).

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 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.

Click here to watch the 2020-2021 FTC challenge- Ultimate Goal.


2020-2021 Challenge 

 Game and Season Info


It's time to be a game-changer. Are you up for the challenge?
ULTIMATE GOALSM, presented by Qualcomm.
Click here to view this year's challenge overview.

A Message from Our Region:

Nothing is as important to us as the health and safety of our teams, coaches and volunteers. This year the Panhandle-Plains Region of FTC will engage in REMOTE Robot Game Play.

To learn more: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9hz3x2mftrgteos/zoom_0.mp4?dl=0 

FTC Events-

2020-2021 FTC Season Kickoff

Watch the Kickoff Celebration and Game Reveal September 12 at 12:00 pm ET on FIRSTtv!

Join hosts Deejay Knight and Sarah Fogwell, along with special guests, as we reveal ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcomm, answer your questions, and see how teams will redefine the game as part of the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season. 

Did you miss Kickoff? Watch it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXoV5U3jfUE

Calendar of League and Regional Events

League Meet activities will be conducted in weeklong windows. During league and regional championships, judging will be conducted during the entire week. Times will be scheduled for remote meetings between judges and teams.
Schedule for the Season:

  • 1st League Meet- January 11th-16th
  • 2nd League Meet- February 1st-6th
  • 3rd- League Meet- February 22nd-27th
  • League Championship- March 22nd-27th
  • Regional Championship- April 5th- 10th


Ready to join FIRST Tech Challenge, but funding holding you back?


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 De;Lila Holder delila.holder@ttu.edu

Virtual Showcase



 Please join us for the FIRST in Texas Virtual Showcase Celebration presented by Phillips 66. Help us celebrate our FIRST Tech Challenge teams.



For more information on the Lubbock FTC events, contact:

Event Coordinator: De'Lila Holder
STEM Administrator, TTU Whitacre College of Engineering 
Lubbock, Texas 79409-3103

Technical Advisor: Nick Jones
Engineer, Robert Madden Industries
Lubbock, Texas 79407

Program Advisor: Tim Dallas, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical Engineering, TTU Whitacre College of Engineering
Lubbock, Texas 79409-3102

2020-2021 Program Sponsor


Special Thanks To

SM energy

special thanks


FTC Summer Robotics Sponsor CH Foundation