University of Vermont


Team & Tournament Information

Start a Team

  • Student-driven teams, hands-on technology in challenging game environment
  • Exciting 'Sport of the Mind' competition with other teams
  • FIRST Scholarship Opportunities
  • Membership in a peer group defining the future
  • Get hands-on experience in problem-solving, organizational and team-building skills
  • Participating students develop mechanical, software and electrical engineering skills

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

For more information on the benefits of participation in a FTC team, please see the results of the 2011 FIRST Alumni survey.

What is Needed To Start an FTC Team?

  • As many as 10 students
  • 5-10 hours per week, to brainstorm, design, build and test your robot
  • A computer
  • A meeting place
  • An FTC Robotics Kit
  • A Coach/Mentor
  • FIRST Team registration fee
  • Individual event registration fees

For details about kits, components, skill requirements, scholarships, current game rules and more, see the FIRST Team Resource site.

For an example of a team's timeline to help you plan, see the an example of a team's timeline.

Team Registration

There are two steps to the registration process

STEP #1 To compete in any USFirst event, the initial step is to register a team with the parent organization. This is done through the Team Information Management System (TIMS). Click here to visit that site.

STEP #2 To register for an event organized by FIRST at UVM, click here. You cannot register for a FIRST at UVM event without a USFirst registration number.

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