First tech in brief



Each year the competition field and challenges are set to a different theme. In 2022 -2023, for example, the theme was, “PowerPlay: Sustainable Energy.

Technology for ‘Art and Entertainment is this year’s Theme.


The competition is based on a series of missions that the robot must complete in 2 1/2 min, Teams compete in alliances that change with each round.

The field of competition

The scope of the competition remains the same from year to year while the elements of the robotics challenge change.

The Robot Game 2023-2024 will be revealed on September 9!

Example of competition field


The construction of the robot is subject to strict rules with respect to electronic and motion parts:

  • Controller (REV Robotics): same for all teams.
  • Batteries, motors and drivers are subject to limitations.

There are several kits that can be purchased for the mechanical parts and structure, but the robot can be built with material of the teams’ choice as long as it complies with the regulations.

Different programming languages and levels of difficulty:

  • FTC Blocks Programming Tool
  • Android studio (Java)

Usable on both Windows and Mac OS.

The android Tablet for using the Robot during the Competition Rounds is provided within the kit.

Online simulator with challenges of progressive difficulty.

Engineering notebook

The diary in which all activities carried out by the team during the season are documented for presentation to the judges.

In addition to the activities of designing, building, and programming the Robot records time spent doing research, grassroots outreach, team meetings, and plans for growth

Being able to communicate one’s path and achievements is a key part of the team’s work.


The Engineering notebook is not optional, and is INDISPENSABLE in order to win any prize.

Not only robotics

Team and Community Building

The ability to work as a team and also create community with the other teams participating in FIRST® Tech are an integral part of the path that aims to promote the value of cooperation as a tool for social as well as technological development. Over the years, a large international community has formed through which participants can find support and make contributions to support other teams or territories.

  • Outreach

Each team is expected to share their journey and skills acquired with their community and other participants in FIRST® programs. support for teams participating in the FIRST® LEGO League or the creation of new teams. The implementation of events to promote STEAM and FIRST values are an integral part of the working season.

  • Socials site

Each team will have to demonstrate its aptitude for – bringing to light – allowing –

  • Fundraising

As FIRST we are committed to seeking funding that can enable all teams to participate in the program. Equally each team is required to engage in fundraising for participation in the competition (purchasing materials, travel, gadgets).

Optional for Italian teams only: NEW TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE

NB:Italian teams wishing to apply for participation in FIRST Global will have to create a challenge inspired by the year’s theme and introductory to the test; the modalities for participation in this challenge will be announced in September.

2023 – 2024 SEASON

The calendar of events for this season will be created based on the number of registered teams. 

Teams (Italian and foreign) compete for all Awards and the best will gain access to the FIRST Championship World Festival in HOUSTON held annually in April

The best Italian team that will also have participants in the NEW TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE challenge will represent our country at the FIRST Global Challenge event.


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