The FTC platform encourages students in grades seven to twelve to engage in areas of STEM. Not only do participants build robots but they also learn the value of working hard, and making long lasting friendships. Each year on September 12th, the members of FTC are given the game for that year. Students spend their time after the release building a robot to compete in regionals around the country. Those who have gone above and beyond even have a chance to win the championship in St. Louis, Missouri.