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Middle School Robotics State Championships

FIRST in Michigan operates a progression of programs which differs from FIRST national. Our model enables students to build upon the skills and experiences attained at one level then flow naturally to the next level without overlap. In Michigan, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is the sole program for middle school students with teams comprised of middle school age/grade students.

FIRST® Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

The premier middle school sport where teams of students, guided by mentors, design and build 18”X18” robots to battle in a FIRST designed game in a contest of ingenuity and innovation.

For more information or how to register please visit FTC – FIRST in Michigan

12:00 PM    Venue set up
05:00 PM    Team load-in, inspections, and practice (optional)
08:00 PM    Pits close (new time)

09:00 AM    Venue opens; teams will not be allowed in the pits until 10:00 AM (new time)
09:30 AM    Volunteers report (new time)
10:00 AM    Pits open; Team check-in (new time)
11:30 AM    Lunch
12:00 PM    Judging/Inspections
03:00 PM    Drivers meeting and Opening ceremonies
03:30 PM    Qualification matches
08:00 PM    Pits close

07:00 AM    Volunteers report
07:30 AM    Pits open
08:00 AM    Opening Ceremonies
09:00 AM    Qualification matches
12:30 PM    Alliance selections
01:00 PM    Lunch
02:00 PM    Elimination rounds
06:00 PM    Closing ceremonies
06:30 PM    Event teardown

  • Schedule subject to change based on flow of the event.
  • Thursday:  Team Load-in/Early Inspections is optional but highly recommended.
  • Friday: ALL teams must be at the event venue by 11:30 am.
  • Saturday: ALL teams must be at the event venue by 8:00 am.
  • Please contact your Event Coordinator if your team will not be on site by the stipulated times.



December 17, 2021 / 8:00 am
December 18, 2021 / 5:00 pm
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