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General Information

This web site is full of information you can use to learn more and get started with the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics program. It also includes links to the international FIRST site and many other web sites with great resources. Please look below for a heading that matches your role and background and a short description of what this program can mean to you.

Executives

ORTOP and FIRST robotics programs are great ways to get your staff involved in their community. Whether they serve as coaches, a mentors, a judges, a referees, or in some other role, they'll be able to combine helping kids with being a kid again. We'd be happy to come to your site to give a short presentation and demonstration to your staff. We've found that these presentations often work best when they are scheduled at lunchtime. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Media

Here is a brief summary of our program for your use:

The Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) is committed to increasing the number of Oregon students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A national robotics program- FIRST LEGO League (FLL) - originated by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). ORTOP operates FLL for 9-to-14-year olds in Oregon and SW Washington as a fun, challenging introduction to technology. We also offer Junior FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge.

ORTOP strives to encourage more girls, minorities, and disadvantaged children to pursue STEM degrees. To increase the number and diversity of Oregonians pursuing these degrees, it's imperative to engage the interest of children from all walks of life.

To find out more about ORTOP and the suite of FIRST Tech Challenge program in Oregon and Southwest Washington, please click here or contact us with your questions:

executive-director@ortop.org
or (503) 486-7622

Parents

FIRST robotics programs will give your children the opportunity to engage in "Sports of the Mind." It will introduce them to basic concepts of engineering and computer programming.

ORTOP offers workshops for adults wanting to coach or mentor FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League teams. These workshops teach basic techniques on building and programming the robots in addition to program elements.

  • For an overview of the steps for creating a FIRST LEGO League team for kids 9 - 14 years old, click here.
  • For information on Junior FIRST LEGO League, our program for younger children 6 - 9 years old, click here.
  • For information on FIRST Tech Challenge, our program for middle and high school students, click here.
School Principals & Administrators

ORTOP and FIRST robotics programs give your students an opportunity to experience a real engineering project, learning teamwork skills at the same time they see how science and math help solve real-world problems. Most teams meet after school or on weekends. An increasing number of FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League teams are included in the curriculum as an elective or an addition to the science curriculum. Teams can be led by parents or teachers or staff. The first step is to identify an adult to serve as the coach. Other adults can pitch in as co-coaches, assistant coaches, or technical mentors. We provide free workshops.

  • For an overview of the steps for creating a FIRST LEGO League team, click here.
  • For information on Junior FIRST LEGO League, our program for younger children, click here.
  • For information on FIRST Tech Challenge, our program for high school students, click here.
FTC Students

The FIRST Tech Challenge is all about fun and challenge. Students from thirteen to eighteen years old join robotics teams. Each team slightly less or more than 10 students. Team members can be

  • Designers
  • Builders
  • Programmers
  • Documentor
  • Team Leader

Starting in late September, each team will have until the mid-February to design their robot to solve this year's FTC challenge. Teams can participate in optional scrimmages organized by ORTOP or other FTC teams.

Teachers

You can introduce your classes and after-school clubs to engineering projects that include the basics of mechanical design, electronics, and software programming. Your students will see how science and mathematics are used to solve real-world problems. You can attend a hands-on workshop to learn more.

  • For an overview of the steps for creating a FIRST LEGO League team, click here.
  • For information on Junior FIRST LEGO League, our program for younger children, click here.
  • For information on FIRST Tech Challenge, our program for middle school and high school students, click here.
Technical Professionals

FTC Robotics is a great way to help kids in your community at the same time you have an excuse to get involved with cool Pitsco/LEGO and Matrix technology that wasn't invented when you were a kid. After you learn a little more about the program you can decide whether you want to be a coach, a mentor, a judge, a referee, or serve in some other roles.

Community Organization Leaders

The FIRST robotics programs give your kids a way to learn about technology, learn team skills, and see how science and math help solve real-world problems. You can form teams of about 10 kids each. ORTOP provides free workshops to help get you started.

  • For an overview of the steps for creating a FIRST LEGO League team, click here.
  • For information on Junior FIRST LEGO League, our program for younger children, click here.
  • For information on FIRST Tech Challenge, our program for high school students, click here.