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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.

FREIGHT FRENZY Kickoff (September 18th, 10AM-2PM):

The FIRST Tech Challenge game FREIGHT FRENZY will be revealed on September 18th.  Come and join other Alabama teams and get your first look at this year’s game components.  This will be a great opportunity to meet other local teams and get hands-on with this year's game.  The kickoff event will be free and open to anyone interested in FIRST Tech Challenge!  We will also be revealing further details of the upcoming season and teams will get a tour of the Sanctuary Huntsville Makerspace! Please fill out the registration form below to let us know your team is coming and how many people to expect.  More details about kickoff will be released in the coming weeks.

  • Date: September 18th, 2021
  • Time: 10AM-2PM
  • Location: Sanctuary Makers Space. 3305 Governors Drive SW, Huntsville, Al, 35805
  • Registration Form: HERE

If you can’t join us for the kickoff in person, be on the lookout for FIRST’s official kickoff livestream.

More about our venue: Sanctuary Huntsville is a growing community of creatives, DIYers, and makers focused on experimenting with new technology, learning new skills, and creating a better tomorrow.  They have multiple workshops including, carpentry, mechanics, 3D printing, and more, to help you bring your creative ideas to life. Check them out here for details on how to become a member: https://www.sanctuaryhsv.com/

Team Registration 

If you have not done so, please go ahead and register your team at the link below as soon as possible. This will make sure you are on the mailing list to receive information and updates from FIRST HQ and FTC in Alabama and help us with finalizing the plan for this season based on how many total teams we have.  A coach/mentor of an FTC team will have to create a FIRST account using the "Sign In" button on the top right of this page and then follow the link to "Create New Team(s)".  

https://www.firstinspires.org/ 

The full instructions on how to register a team can be found HERE 

When registering a team, please make sure the contact information for the coaches is filled out as this is the only way your team will be added to the email list to receive future communications from FTC in Alabama. 

Grants 

If you are a Rookie team you are eligible to apply for the Rookie team grant HERE.  This grant may cover the FTC registration fee and up to $275 towards a FTC kit of parts. 

Depending on your location both Rookie and Veteran teams may be eligible for other grants.  Please check the First Team Grant Tool to see how to apply to these grants. 

Game Materials 

Game Manual Part 1 has been released and can be found on the Game Materials Website along with other season resources HERE

If you are new FTC I highly recommend your entire team read through Game Manual 0.  This resource is a community created guide for all things FTC and does a great job of introducing many of the technical and non-technical aspects required by a FTC team. 

New Email/Discord 

I have a new email address!  If you are trying to get in contact with me, please start using this address from now on.  I will continue to check the other address, but at less regular intervals. 

New Email:  

Additionally, if you have questions that the larger FTC in Alabama community can answer, you may get a faster answer by asking on the FTC in Alabama Discord server.  Both coaches and students are welcome on Discord, so I encourage you to share the link with your teams. 

Link to Discord 

Team Recruitment 

We have received several requests from individuals looking for a potential team to join.  If your team is actively recruiting, please let me know so we can put teams and potential new members in contact with each other. 

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