FIRSTTech Type WhiteFIRST Tech Challenge gives middle and high school students and their adult mentors the opportunity to work and create together to solve a common problem. Teams are challenged to design and build a robot using a kit of parts and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game. The robot game changes every season and is a blast! Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience.

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff in Alabama

We hope you are getting excited about the reveal of this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge game ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcom, as part of the FIRST GAME CHANGERS season. The 2020-2021 FTC season is definitely going to look a bit different from previous year’s but we are committed to rising to the challenge and adapting to these unique circumstances to enable the community to stay engaged with FIRST programs in the year ahead.

Remote Events:
If you have not kept up with FIRST news over the summer, FIRST has released guidelines on how to carry out remote FTC events in regions where in-person live events may not be possible due to the ongoing pandemic. For an overview of how remote events may work, please see this video from the Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, Ken Johnson

Furthermore, there will be 2 sets of game manuals this year.  One for remote events and one for traditional events.  Game manual part 1 (remote and traditional) can already be found on the Game and Season Info Page

Game manual part 2 will be released on September 12th.
More detailed information on how the Alabama region season will work will be released in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The FIRST Tech Challenge game ULTIMATE GOAL will be revealed in two weeks on September 12th at 11:00 AM.  We encourage your team to join hosts Deejay Knight and Sarah Fogwell, along with special guests on the official FIRST twitch channel as they reveal ULTIMATE GOAL, and answer your questions about the game.

Unfortunately, we will not be having a traditional in-person kickoff event this year, however, we still want to give your team an opportunity to come, see, and interact with the game field on kickoff day.  If you are in or near the Huntsville area, FIRST in Alabama will be setting up the ULTIMATE GOAL field at the Terry Education Pavilion at Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve on September 12th from 11AM – 3PM.  Social distancing will be strongly encouraged and masks/facial coverings will be required for anyone entering the outdoor pavilion.  On-site restrooms will be available.

Don’t forget to complete your 2020-2021 FIRST® Tech Challenge team season registration before September 10, 2020, for a chance to win the 2020 Kickoff Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prize package includes one 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season ULTIMATE GOAL partial game set and scoring elements. More information here

Stay in Touch
Stay in touch with FIRST in Alabama and your local community of teams by joining the official FIRST in Alabama Discord serverand be sure to follow the FIRST in Alabama social media.

Thank you,
Brian Pappas
FTC Affiliate Partner, FIRST® in Alabama
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