First Tech Challenge

  • First Tech                      High tech
    FIRST Tech Challenge helps students learn computer science, engineering, manufacturing, teamwork, problem solving, communications skills and more.
    Eligibility: students in grades 7-12
    Regional Event Date and Location:  This event has been cancelled due to not enough teams
    Registration Deadline: September 14, 2021
    Registration Details:
    1. Complete the LYFT Grant Opportunity/First Tech Challenge Form.
    2. Visit the High Tech Kids website and click Registration in the right sidebar. 
    FIRST Tech Challenge in Minnesota (MN FTC) is part of an international robotics program that includes more than 3000 teams globally. High Tech Kids, in partnership with FIRST, has been bringing FIRST Tech Challenge to Minnesota since 2013. Teams of up to fifteen students collaborate to build and program a robot that competes on a 12’ by 12’ field. Each year the challenge is designed to challenge students to think critically and expand their knowledge of the engineering process. This team-based, hands-on, competitive robotics program provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for young people. It develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology.
  • LYFT logoLYFT Career Pathways is offering the following grant opportunity to any school that is a member of SWWC, Mid-Minnesota Perkins Consortium or Minnesota West Perkins Consortium that serves junior high or high school students. To sign up for the FTC grant, complete this form by September 14, 2021. If you had an FTC grant last year you do not need to fill out the form; we will be in contact with you directly about funding for the 2021-22 school year.
    Grant funds are available to schools (or a partnership of schools) to start a NEW team or expand a FIRST Tech Challenge programs by adding NEW teams.  The typical cost for a school to purchase equipment and cover registration for an FTC team is about $3,500 for the first year and $1,500 for subsequent years (this does not include the cost of travel or a coach’s stipend).  A contract would be issued to your school that indicates how you will receive your grant payments. Your district will be held financially harmless in the event that distance learning continues and FTC is disrupted during the 2021-22 season.
    First Year Grant - $4,500 for 2021-22 school year
    • Competition Field ($1,000)
    • FIRST National Registration – ($275)
    • High Tech Kids Qualifier Tournament Registration ($175)
    • Robot kits, controllers, communications kits ($1,000)
    • Additional parts, tools, consumables ($500)
    • Season specific game elements ($450)
    • Coaching and travel stipend ($1,050)
    • Add $2,000 in funding for each additional NEW FTC team (grant would be $6,500 vs $4,500 if you had two teams)
  • SMSU
    SWWC is partnering with First Tech Challenge and High Tech Kids to offer this Challenge for Students.
    SMSU will be the host site for the Regional First Tech Challenge. 

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