Ignite your interest in robotics and STEM! Feel the thrill of learning through hands-on discovery with FIRST Tech
Challenge, one of the three STEM-learning programs now available in the Delano
Public School District. FIRST Tech Challenge immerses kids in real-world science and technology challenges.
What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams are
challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a
head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the
hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors,
students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while
realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot
kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety
of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and
market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can
Impact on Participants
FIRST Tech Challenge has had a proven, positive impact on participants, and it is well
documented. Over 87% of students are more interested in doing well in school, and 88%
have more interest in attending college. The cool thing about FIRST Tech Challenge is
that all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical, but by the end
of the season, every student will be able to say that they’ve learned something new.
Why Join a FIRST Tech Challenge Team?
FIRST Tech Challenge gives middle and high school students and their
adult Coaches the opportunity to work and create together to solve a
common problem. This program gives students a chance to shine! Each FIRST Tech
Challenge season culminates with regional tournaments and
championships where teams show off what they learned and invented,
and compete with their robots. Participants have access to tens of
millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with
Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.
Practices are currently scheduled to coincide with the practice times of the Orange Crush Robotics team, Delano’s FRC
team. This will allow the FTC students to be mentored by the FRC students more easily. Practices will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00PM. Students are guaranteed at least one or two competitions