Pace University is proud to run the FIRST® Tech Challenge program for the Hudson Valley, Capital, and Eastern Adirondack regions of New York. We have been a FIRST partner since 2003 and are one of more than 150 universities who provide exclusive scholarship opportunities for students in FIRST programs while in high school.

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What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

FIRST Tech Challenge is an accessible, challenging robotics competition for students in grades 7 – 12. Over 5,000 teams are expected to participate this season. Students in FTC design and build a robot using aluminum, polycarbonate, motors and servos, sensors, and a variety of other materials. They program and control it using Android Smartphones with Java or AppInventor.

Each year teams are challenged with a new game. They compete at tournaments, where teams play a series of matches, each time being partnered with a different team. They also interview with judges who reward their achievements throughout the season in design, engineering, outreach, and other categories.

Participants are eligible to apply for exclusive scholarships totaling $25 million. Pace University is one of about 200 providers in this program. View all the opportunities!