Northern California FTC
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The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an exciting robotics competition designed for high school students from grades 9-12 typically ages 14-18 and 8th grade students 13 years and older who are prepared to participate in a high school program. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST competition paired with an accessible and affordable robotics kit.

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The ultimate goal of FTC is to inspire young people to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.

REGISTER A TEAM  [Annual team registration opens in early May]


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Did you know that Playing At Learning receives NONE of the team registration fees that teams pay to FIRST.  

In addition,  we use the tournament fees to directly support the tournaments themselves - the money pays for items such as facility costs (rent, custodians),  awards,  volunteer food, printing, etc


We need your HELP directly to  better  handle the tournament infrastructure and team growth and help with better support/recruit volunteers!  

Be An Advocate for NorCal FTC and  STEM!


Are you willing to ask your employer/company (or others) 
here is a sample letter to get you started!

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Approximate Schedule:  
Team check-in 8-8:15am
Opening Ceremony at 10:30am
Qualifying Rounds  11am to 3pm
 Semi & Final Rounds start at 3:30pm  
Award Ceremony at 5pm
Packout done by 6:30pm

Teams:  Don't forget your team roster!
More info  (2011 season - mostly correct)


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FTC Cascade Effect Resource Page



Team Registration

Kit of Parts ordering is through the TIMS registration site.  Teams will be directed to a page with three options to order through:

  1. AndyMark:  to order Samantha module as well as other legal robot parts
  2. Matrix Robotics: Matrix kits
  3. Pitsco: Mindstorms / Tetrix kits

 When ordering additional Tetrix parts, you should order through parts.ftcrobots.com to get FTC team discount.

IMPORTANT:   The new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is not legal for FTC for the 2013-2014  season

What to expect at Qualifiers! (2011)

FTC Team Blast Archive  

Get Help: Samantha, Pro/E,
RobotC, Labview

FTC Forum

Low Cost FieldMedia Resources,
Ken's BlogFTC promos

2012 Season Summary

2011 Season Summary
Results & Info 

2010 Season Summary


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