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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:



FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), Grades 7 – 12


  • Location: Dogwood Building, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College


  • Time: Ashebots meets year-round, minimally, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with additional times and days scheduled, as needed, to meet project goals.
    • During the FTC build/competition season (September – April) we expand our Tuesday/Thursday work session to run 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and we often offer additional work sessions on Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Individual student participation in work sessions may vary; we strongly recommend participating in at least one session per week. The more you put into Ashebots, the more you will gain from the experience!


  • Participation: Open to all middle school and high school students. Adult mentors and parent volunteers are welcome.


  • Current Goals:
    1. Throughout the year we participate in community events, providing presentations and robot demonstrations; these events are opportunities to:
      • Share information about Ashebots FTC Team 7300 and FIRST and to promote youth STEM-activities in general
      • Allow team members to practice communicating, a skill needed during competition season for interacting with FTC judges and other FIRST officials
      • Publicly promote and thank Ashebots’ sponsors and community partners
    2. Ashebots provides year-round opportunities for team members to participate weekly in community volunteer activities at MANNA FoodBank on Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    3. During the FTC build/competition season (September – April) the students, as a team, will be responsible for becoming fully familiar with the FTC robotics competition game challenge and all rules and regulations.


  • The team will develop goals and a game strategy and design, prototype, build, and program a robot for use in FTC game competition.


  • The team will work together to produce a thorough, top-quality Engineering Notebook, recording the robot development process and showcasing the team’s organization and year-round activities. The Engineering Notebook will be judged at each competitive event.


  • The team will compete with the robot at least at two scrimmages and at least at two qualifying tournaments, with the minimal goal of proceeding to the FTC Super Regionals.


  • The team will proactively make efforts to win as many FTC judged awards as possible at each tournament.


  • Contact: Lisa DeWitt
    Home phone: 828.683.6218


More Information:




 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.




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.




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.




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