Chattanooga Engineers Club

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 2022 Kick-off

  • 10 Sep 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Chatt State, 4501 Amnicola Hwy

Please see the full event flyer here:  FTC Kick-Off Flyer 2022.pdf

Leading teams will present the new season's challenge.


FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges.

An international not-for-profit organization (501(c)(3)) founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Alumni of FIRST programs gain access to exclusive scholarships, internships, and other opportunities that create connections and open pathways to a wide variety of careers.

CEC involvement

Ed Chapin, CEC past president, introduced the club and the Chattanooga community to FIRST Lego League (FLL). Later FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) were added.  These were the early STEM community events.  Ed engaged many past presidents and club members in summer camps and competitions.  Involvement with TVA and Hamilton County Department of Education provided the foundation of the TN Valley Robotics.

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