FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
No prior robotics knowledge is necessary and teams are encouraged to seek local mentoring support from local companies. Kiwi FIRST also offers workshops at times through the season at ACG Strathallan in Karaka, Auckland.
Kiwi FIRST is pleased to offer a limited number of new team grants consisting of a Tetrix FTC Competition Set and Android-based control hardware programmed in Java or a straight-forward Blocks language. Travel grants are also available for outside Auckland teams attending the NZ Championship event.
Although some limitations exist teams may construct robots from most materials including existing robot set parts which can help keep costs in check. 3D printing is permitted and encouraged.