March 25, 2017

Team Eblast 03.17.2017

We have two FIRST in Michigan FTC spring events on the docket: Agendas and Event Information are updated often. Please bookmark and check back often.

May 5-6, 2017
Vassar Middle/High High School
220 Athletic Street
Vassar, MI 48768

May 12-13, 2017
McCollough Unis Middle School
7801 Maple St.
Dearborn, MI 48126

January 1, 2017

FLL to Middle School FTC Transition

Welcome to our MI middle school FLL teams looking to transition to middle school FTC! A synopsis of the program is below followed by info on available grants. It's a bit long of a read but worth it!

FIRST In Michigan FTC is a middle school only program giving this age group their own "turf" on which to learn and play. FTC has proven to be a great fit for middle school students - keeping them engaged in STEM while building 21st century skills like programming in Java, app development, metal TETRIX build platform, and they control their robots with Smart Phones! Our middle school FTC students take their applicable skills and hit the ground running when they join their high school FRC teams. Visit our MI FTC State Championship photos to see our teams and program in action.

The 2016-2017 Team Start Up Guide  provides an overview of the program and answers many FAQs. An often asked question is the appropriateness of the program for 6th grade students. We currently have many 6th graders on middle school FTC teams; a mixed age team works best as the older students can help bridge the knowledge gap of the younger ones. Plus, then your team will only need to re-populate the 8th graders year to year. Great sustainability plan!

August 29, 2016

FTC Season Kickoff Sept. 10th, 12pm!

The 2016-2017 FTC season will kickoff on Sept. 10th with an online "reveal' of new game. Visit the FIRST FTC (national) game page at 12pm (noon) to view the game animation and to access the all important Game Manual 2 containing the rules and details of this season's challenge. Game Manual 1 has already been published and can be accessed at:

August 14, 2016

Team Eblast 2016.08.14

August 14, 2016

Team Eblast 2016.07.27

July 27, 2017 Team Eblast

September 14, 2015

MDE State Grant Now Open

The MDE FIRST Robotics State Grant is open Sept. 8th through noon on Nov 3, 2015. All high school and middle school public schools, academies charters with FRC or FTC teams are eligible. ISDs with full time students also qualify. Link to grant information:

2015-2016 Season

Welcome to the 2015-2016 FIRST in Michigan Middle School FTC season!   

Information on registering for the season, equipment, and grants is linked below. 

2015-2016 Season Information and Resources
2015-2016 FiM FTC Start Up Guide.
2015-2016 FiM FTC Equipment/Costs/Grant Information