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What is the 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. Below, we provide resources outlining our team, and various other Asheville FIRST teams.

Asheville Area FIRST Community Resources:

FTC

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FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), Grades 7 – 12

At the moment there are no public FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the Asheville area. Should this change, please contact Brayden Fox down below, and he will get in touch with someone to see what there is locally for you.

 

 

Brayden Fox

828.808.7009

 

FLL Jr.

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 FIRST LEGO Jr. League (FLL Jr.), Grades K – 3

 

We recommend using the system available at NC FIRST robotics for connecting with others interested in forming FLL Jr. teams.

 

www.ncfirstrobotics.org/programs/jr-first-lego-league/

 

FLL

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FIRST LEGO League (FLL), Grades 4 – 8

 

We recommend using the system available at NC FIRST robotics for connecting with others interested in forming FLL Jr. teams.

 

www.ncfirstrobotics.org/programs/first-lego-league/

 

FRC

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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), Grades 9 – 12

 

  • Location: Robotics Design Lab on the UNC Asheville campus.

 

  • Time: Students are expected to meet twice per week from 3:30 to 5:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during October and November, 2015.

 

  • Participation: For local high-school age students interested in robotics.

 

 

 

Learn even more about FIRST . . .

www.firstinspires.org

www.ncfllandftc.com

 

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