First Tech Challenge Opportunities


First Tech Challenge is a robotics competition based on a sports mode. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. FTC is open to students in grades 7 - 12.


Students in Rockford Publics Schools are encouraged to join their school teams. Other interested students are invited to attend Rockford Robotics Recruitment Meeting.


All aspiring FTC members can join us on Saturday September 6, 2014 at The Discovery Center Museum for the FIRST Tech Challenge Kick-Off Event! 


Team members and mentors will be provided with specialized workshops from experienced FTC students and mentors that will help rookie teams get off to a great start.  In addition teams will view the 2014-15 FTC game challenge and view the game pieces on the FTC field.  Please bring a sack lunch, beverages and snacks for yourself.


Please RSVP to Chris Magee at


This event is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the members of Rockford Maker’s Network.




Latest News


Click on the links below to learn more about Rockford Robotics' latest activities.


Mayor Proclaims July 2014 "Robotics Education Month"


Labview Classes


Rockford e~Inventors Class


Howard Coleman Scholarship Winners


Rockford Robitcs is a Wisconsin Regional Semi-Finalist


Mentor Chris Magee Wins Chamber of Commerce Award


Rockford Robotics is a Central Illinois Regional Finalist


Rockford RoboTech Wins Connect Award


2014 Game - Aerial Assist


In Youth We Trust Grant


Superior Joining Manufacturing Day




About Us


Team 2039, Rockford Robotics is a US_FIRST_Robotics team for Rockford, IL area high school students. The team is comprised of students from public, private, and home schools.


We are also home to two US_FIRST_Tech_Challenge Teams, Robotech 7124 and Robotech 8003.


Our mission is simple. We want everyone to have fun while learning. And we want to educate the workforce of tomorrow about opportunities that exist in the realm of science and technology.




Join the Team


Students can apply to the team by completing this application form: Rockford Robotics Student Member Application


Completed applications may be:

  • Mailed to Rockford Robotics, 605 Fulton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103
  • Scanned and emailed to
  • Hand delivered to a Robotics Mentor

Be sure to check out our Team Handbook to learn more about Rockford Robotics.


Upcoming Events



FTC Recruitment Meeting

August 28, 2014, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Eigerlab 'Bot Shop


FTC 2014 Season Kickoff

September 6, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Discovery Center Museum


FRC Recruitment Meeting
October 2, 2014, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Eigerlab 'Bot Shop


Our monthly calendar includes meeting dates and times.





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