The FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program for students in grades 9-12, though 7th and 8th graders may participate with BadgerBOTS approval. BadgerBOTS organizes Dane County teams and offers support throughout the season. We’re currently home to five local teams.

BadgerBOTS provides teams with a robot kit and a work space. The $500 fee covers the kit and national registration, as well as tournament expenses such as the state registration fee, transportation to Milwaukee, one night in a hotel, and meals for advancing teams.

Teams may advance from local qualifying tournaments to the state championship tournaments.  Select teams may advance to the Iowa Super-Regional and then the World Championship Tournament, held each April in St. Louis, MO.

BadgerBOTS FTC Teams

BadgerBOTS has five active FTC Teams for the 2019-2020 Season. Let’s meet them!

7979 – Apple Tau/Apple Crispr

10686 – Phoenix


Mr. Cod

Team Parabola

BadgerBOTS FTC Registration

Registration for student participants and adult mentors is complete only when BadgerBOTS has received signed Consent and Release forms. Please return them to the BadgerBOTS Education Center.

Students and mentors may not use the tool shop, work on robots, or drive robots without completed Consent and Release forms being submitted and completing safety training.

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