Welcome to the 2012-2013 Michigan Middle School FTC® Site Page

Please excuse our appearance!  The FTC portion of the FIRST in Michigan® website is currently under construction.  It is scheduled to launch this summer!  Until then, this page will contain the most recent information regarding this exciting addition to our family of  programs.  

Welcome to the 2012-2013 Michigan Middle School FTC® Site Page

Off Season Calendar

Program Plan

2012-2013 Season


Registration is Open

Start a Middle School Team with a GM Grant

Graduation Grants

FRC State Championship Broadcast

Useful Links

Past Season


Please make sure you check the Calendar and Announcements, linked to the FIRST in MI home page, for the latest updates!

FTC Workshop -  Sept. 29th, Lake Fenton High School

Date:  Saturday, September 29

Time:  9am-1pm

Location:  Lake Fenton High School, 4070 Lahring Road, Linden  48451

  * Use this address if GPSing

Topics:  Robot Build & Programming, Field Comm, Game Strategy, Engineering Book, Judging, Competition, Resources, Q&As

Register:  Link to the Registration Form

A full field with this year’s game elements will be on hand - bring your measuring tape!  Light snacks and water will be available.  Thank you to FTC Team 6265 for hosting!

PTC Hands-On Workshop -  October 6th, Andover High School

The Bionic Barons (FRC team 2834) is co-hosting with PTC a free hands-on workshop to show how you can build a better robot in less time using PTC software products Creo/Elements, MathCAD and Windchill. All Michigan FRC and FTC teams are welcome to attend. Here is the flyer.

Date: Saturday, 10/6/12

Time: 9am - 4pm

Location: Andover High School, 4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

To Register: Use this link.

PTC is a very generous sponsor to FTC and this workshop is great way to get up and running with their amazing products!  To learn more about the PTC Design Award - a judged award at FTC events, click here.                  

Program Plan

FIRST in Michigan has big plans for middle school FTC.  The goal is to start 100 new teams this season to add to our 46 current teams.  

2012-2013 Season

Registration Opens

May 9th

Challenge Announced

September 8th

Tournament Registration


Tournament Season

Late November - December

FIRST Championship

April 24-27, 2013


A qualifying tournament system will be used this season.  All officially registered MI Middle School FTC teams will have the opportunity to participate in one qualifying tournament.  There will be a $100 registration fee for qualifying events and $150 registration fee for the state event.  

Practice tournaments are proposed as a way for teams to get tournament and game experience before qualifying events begin.

Tournament hosts and venues are needed!  If your middle school/organization  would like to host a FTC event, email michiganftc@gmail.com with your contact information and school location.  Hosting is a great way to promote FIRST in your area!

Registration is Open

Registration for the 2012-2013 FTC season opened on May 9th.  Teams register directly with FIRST via their Team Information Management System (TIMS).  Please register your team using the words “Middle School” in your organization’s name.  **Remember - returning FTC teams retain their team number.   How to Register your Team(pdf) tutorial.

Start a Middle School Team with a GM Grant

Thanks to General Motors, a long time and very generous sponsor to all of the FIRST family of programs in MI, a grant has been made available to new FTC teams forming out of Middle Schools in our state.  

To learn more about FTC in MI including program costs and starting a team with the GM grant: Start a Team Guide(pdf) 

To apply for the GM grant, fill out this form to start the process:  GM Grants for FLL/FTC Form

MI MIddle School FTC Team Map

Graduation Grants

For the 2012-2013 FTC season, recent FLL graduates are eligible for two grants from FIRST and the LEGO Foundation.  These grants are available on a first come-first served basis.  If your team meets the grant criteria but has already registered/paid, just follow the instructions via the link and your team can be reimbursed.  Details are available by visiting this link:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/grow 

Useful Links

FIRST:  www.usfirst.org

FIRST FTC:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

FIRST in Michigan:  www.firstinmichigan.org 

Past Season

2011-2012 MI Middle School FTC Tournaments