Funding grants- New and returning FTC teams

Interested in starting a robotics team? Already have an FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) team? Thanks to DEKA Research and Development Corporation, a generous national supporter of FIRST®,  new and returning FTC Teams (for students in grades 7-12) can take advantage of grant funds to help offset the costs of registration.

  • New teams apply to receive a $750 grant ($275 to cover the full cost of registration and $475 to be used for start-up materials/equipment).
  • Existing teams apply to receive a $275 registration grant to cover the full cost of the season registration.

This opportunity ends on November 2, 2016, so don’t delay! Find out more about the funding and get started here.

FIRST Tech Challenge is fun and rewarding for both students and teachers alike. Using the latest Android technology, students will learn to design, build, and program a robot that operates via an Android device. And, that’s just the beginning! Learn more about FIRST® Tech Challenge and starting a team here.

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that encourage innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Join a vibrant community of over 400,000 participants and take advantage of tremendous support resources offered by FIRST. No prior experience with robotics is necessary.

Local high school robotics teams compete at FIRST World Championship

Two FSR teams will participate in a global robotics competition this week. The students of FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team Rhyme Know Reason and FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) team MOE are headed to St. Louis for the FIRST  World Championship April 27- 30.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams build robots on a base no larger than 18 inches square and compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot field. FIRST Robotics Competition teams build larger robots that can weigh up to 120 pounds and compete on a 27-foot by 54-foot field. Alliances of teams compete against each other during 2 1/2-minute matches during both contests.

This year’s FTC game is modeled on a mountain rescue scenario. Points are scored when two-robot alliances“reset” Rescue beacons; deliver Rescue Climbers to a “shelter;” park on the “mountain;” and park in the Rescue beacon “repair zone” or floor goal.

The FRC game is also new each year and this year’s has a medieval theme- in only six weeks, teams must design and build a robot and a game strategy able to cross “rough terrain;” open “drawbridges;” score points by shooting “boulders;” and climb a “tower.”

Qualifying matches begin on Wed. 4/27 at 2pm. For anyone interested in watching the action LIVE online, here’s a link:

RKR will be in the FRANKLIN division of the competition. MOE will be in the GALILEO division.

Rhyme Know Reason headed to FTC World Championship

FSR team, Rhyme Know Reason, won 7 of 9 matches at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) East Superregional in Scranton. Their 5th place finish in their division ranked them high enough out of all 72 teams to receive an invitation to compete at the FIRST World Championship  this April 27- May 1 in St. Louis. In addition, student member Emma Onstad  will vie  for a prestigious Dean’s List award.

To earn money for travel, they are selling raffle tickets through the Horsey Family Youth Foundation for a chance to win a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS/396. For tickets, contact Rhyme Know Reason FTC 8528 program director- David Onstad- at


Good luck to them at the World Championship!