FIRST Tech Challenge Game & Season Info

The 2015-2016 game, FIRST® RES-QSM, is modeled after rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Played by two Alliances of two robots each, robots will score points by: “resetting” Rescue beacons; delivering Rescue Climbers to a shelter; parking on the mountain; and parking in the Rescue beacon repair zone or floor goal. Robots may also score points by retrieving debris from the playing field and placing them in mountain or floor goalREAD MORE >

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format.


The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 84% have more interest in school, 84% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 86% are more interested in attending college.

Team Basics

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.

Start a FIRST Tech Challenge Team

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.

Cost & Registration

What does it cost to participate? There are costs involved with fielding a FIRST Tech Challenge team and they can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses. Here are some basic cost parameters:

The Event Experience

Hard work pays off! Each FIRST Tech Challenge season culminates with local and regional events where qualifying teams compete for awards and a spot in the FIRST Championship.


A big advantage to participating in FIRST is gaining access to millions in college scholarships made available by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST. This is an exclusive pool of financial help open only to FIRST team members, gi

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