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WELCOME TO FIRST ® Tech Challenge

Preliminary schedules for planning your trip

Houston
Date Time  
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Early Bird Check-In
     
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Pits Open
  6:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. Team Registration
     
Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M. Pits Open
  6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. FIRST Welcoming Ceremony
     
Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Pits Open
  3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Judged Awards Celebration
     
Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Pits Open
  12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Division Semi Finals and Finals, Event Finals, Competition Awards
  6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. FIRST Closing Ceremonies and Finale
 
St. Louis
Date Time  
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Early Bird Check-In
     
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. Pits Open
  6:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. Team Registration
     
Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Pits Open
  6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. FIRST Welcoming Ceremony – Edward Jones Dome
     
Friday, April 28, 2017 7:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. Pits Open
  2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. Judged Awards Celebration
     
Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Pits Open
  12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Division Semi Finals and Finals, Event Finals, Competition Awards
  6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. FIRST Closing Ceremonies and Finale -  Edward Jones Dome

 

 

 

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WHAT IS FIRST Tech CHALLENGE?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.