Ages: 12-18 Years
SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm coming September 7, 2019.
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New for FTC Australia 2019!
4 Qualifying Events will be held nationally:
WA, SA, QLD & NSW.
All teams must register to compete in one qualifying event for 2019.
40 teams from around Australia will be invited (based on FTC qualifying advancement criteria) to attend the National Championship in Sydney.
- Western Australia Qualifier, Perth: TBA
- New South Wales Qualifier, Sydney: 26 & 27 October
- Queensland Qualifier, Brisbane: 2 November 2019
- South Australia, Adelaide: 23 & 24 November *tentative
FIRST Tech Challenge Australia
Macquarie University, Sydney
6 & 7 December 2019
Australian Team Registration
- Step One:
Register via the official FIRST FTC portal for a team number & place any PITSCO orders through the FIRST Storefront. CLICK HERE
- Step Two:
Register for an Australian Qualifying Event (WA, SA, QLD, or NSW) & place an order for a SKYSTONE game set (optional - see FAQ's below) from Andymark.
- Via the FTC Australia registration link above, you may order an FTC SKYSTONE game set from Andymark (will be part of a bulk order through FIRST Australia). Deadline for these orders is 15 July 2019. Details, options & prices are included in the Qualifying Event link registration above.
- 2019 registration fees are $275 AUD* per team which is payable to FIRST Australia. Invoices will be issued by Macquarie University.
- As in 2018, all teams must register through the official FIRST registration in the US to obtain a team number which allows teams to order from PITSCO. Teams will use the FIRST Storefront to order from PITSCO.
- Queensland teams who have sponsorship will not be billed. Please contact Peter Kellett if you have questions concerning whether or not your team falls under that sponsorship.
- FTC Australia teams may participate in ONE qualifying event in 2019, and 40 teams from those qualifying events will be invited to the National Championships.
- If you would like to join the FTC Coaches Forum, please request access here.
- For more information, contact us.
FTC Team RITO Grants
RITO (Robots in the Outback - supported by Google) Rookie Team grants are now available in limited quantities for new teams in Australia. Please see below for more information.
- FLL Graduation Grants: For existing FLL teams who wish to begin FTC, a generous sponsor is offering a $200 grant towards the first-time registration fee with FIRST Australia. Apply via the FTC Australia Registration System by clicking the "FLL Graduation Grant" box and providing your previous or current FLL team name. Please email Wynonah Bush if you require further clarification: email@example.com
- RITO (Robots in the Outback): Supported by Google in Australia. Contact Alec Cox for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
For ALL FIRST Australia events, each participant including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:
In addition to the FIRST Consent form, all NSW FIRST Eventsparticipants including students and coaches must download, complete & submit on tournament day:
What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?
More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together. You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.
SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm coming September 7, 2019.
The really cool thing about FIRST Tech Challenge is being part of a team. All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical and non-technical. Read on for more about team basics, time frame, commitment, and skills required.
What does every FIRST Tech Challenge team need?
- 2 or more adult Mentors who are willing and motivated to coach the team through the build and competition season, and beyond!
- Other adults can volunteer to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, technical advising, and other tasks.
- A suitable meeting place and space to design and build a robot about the size of a microwave oven.
- A standard kit of robot parts and a common set of game and robot rules issued by FIRST Tech Challenge.
- A budget and a fundraising plan.
- The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build camaraderie, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
When does FIRST Tech Challenge happen?
The FIRST® Tech Challenge season in Australia begins in June, when teams generally form and registration opens. Season kick-off is in early September when the season's game is announced. The design and build season runs from September to end of October. Tournament season varies by region and can begin as early as October and continues through April. Regional Qualifying Events in Australia advance teams to the Australia National Championship (in December), and winners earn spots at FIRST Championship (USA) at the end of April. Teams can get together for scrimmages as well, where teams participate, strategize, hone their skills, learn new technology, meet other teams, and have fun!
What is the time commitment?
Mentors or adult Volunteers meet with their team at least once per week during the build and competition season (September - April). Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You, your family, and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.
As a team member, the same applies. Students meet at least once per week from Mid-September through April. Like any sport or other after-school activity, the more time you invest, the better you will become at your task(s).
Any special skills required?
All skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical and non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills to succeed, so what are you good at? Chances are we have a job for you. And we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with us.
Student and adult team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like programming, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and many more. FIRST Tech Challenge welcomes every student, with or without special skills.
FIRST 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!
FIRST redefines winning by rewarding teams for achievements both on and off the field − excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, Gracious Professionalism®, and outreach efforts are some of the award criteria. Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience.
Remember: NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND YOU ARE NEVER ALONE
7 essential steps to starting a FIRST Tech Challenge team:
1. Gather support resources
Familiarize yourself with FIRST Tech Challenge by checking out the materials on our website and social media pages. Then locate your region’s Affiliate Partner or FIRST Senior Mentor. These people know the FIRST teams, participating schools, and FIRST-friendly businesses in your area. He or she can help you form a plan for getting your team funded, organized, and in touch with other teams in the area.
2. Enlist Coaches & Mentors
Each team needs two or more adult Mentors who are willing and motivated to coach the team through the build and competition season and beyond. Other adults can volunteer to help with administration, fundraising, community outreach, and other tasks.
3. Register and Pay
Once registered, your team becomes a part of the worldwide FIRST Tech Challenge community. You’ll begin receiving communications from FIRST, along with a temporary team number in preparation for event registration in the fall. Part of the registration process include ordering the kit of parts and completing payment. (Please note that, until you click submit, you are not committed to becoming a team.)
- Teams in Australia register via this webpage. See left sidebar for details.
4. Build your team
Find and invite a few students (maximum 15) who want to be part of a robotics team. Be sure to emphasize that no technical skills are required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Recruit all kinds of talents, not just engineering and electrical.
Your team will need to build a budget and fund their goals. Recruit local businesses to sponsor you. Many of them may already have a relationship with FIRST. We also have many fundraising opportunities you can explore, including grants for both rookie and veteran teams.
6. Learn about safety
At FIRST, student safety is always paramount. Every adult must become familiar with our Youth Protection Program (YPP). Take the time to watch our videos and read our youth protection materials.
7. Review Mentor and Team Resources
Part of the fun is designing and building your robot and FIRST provides a wealth of information in our Resource Library to help you. Find everything from technical guides, to fundraising ideas, or fun activities for your team.