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The 2017-2018 Season is coming up quick. As always there are changes the program. Florida will be moving towards the FTC League Style System. 


Check out Robot In 1 Weekend at Univserity Mall - NOW Sep 16 & 17


Please see important documents for 2017-2018 season in Helpful Links->Presentations->2017 Kickoff Award Information

If you have a tip/solution to share, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See posted tips at http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/helpful-links/tips.


All teams should upgrade to Android Studio 2.3.3 and use 3.1 (2017-05-09) release of the FTC SDK. 3.1 is the minimum allowable version for the 2018 season.

The latest version is 3.4 (2017-096-06) - Release 3.2 added the OnBot Java capability.

Vision is needed to see the images. The images are coded with VuMarks. Read this tutorial on how to use Vuforia and detect the VuMarks. You must using version 3.3 to use VuMarks.

New to this season - only 5 seconds between Autonomous and Teleop. No untagnling of robots, rebooting the phones or re-cycling the power.


FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students that helps them learn to design and build robots with both driver and autonomous controlled behavior.  FTC robots are built with the TETRIX® or MATRIX® robot kits. They are controlled by an Android based platform powered by Snapdragon processors. Teams may use the

  • ZTE Speed (If you can find it - Amazon $50, E-Bay $60)
  • Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation (Hard to find - maybe used)
  • Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation (Best Buy - $160 - or used)
  • Motorola Moto G4 Play - (~$140)
  • Google Nexus 5  - (Hard to find)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5  (~`$180)

ZTE Speed • Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation • Motorola Moto G 3rd Generation • Motorola Moto G4 Play • Google Nexus 5 • Samsung Galaxy S5 ZTE Speed (~$40), Motorola Moto G (2nd Edition - out of production ~$80), Motorola Moto G (3rd Edition ~$150), and Nexus 5 (does not support WiFi channel changing).

The FIRST Tech Challenge season in Florida starts in September and runs through February. Student teams develop robots that can perform the tasks defined in the Challenge, then compete with, and against, other teams in qualifying competitions and a state championship. The purpose of FIRST Tech Challenge is to give high school age students an opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of complex problem solving in a positive and supportive team environment.

Florida teams have had a long history of success at the highest levels. Florida has 4 World Champions. If you are interested in starting a team, send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit the FTC web site for more information.

If you have questions about the FTC program in Florida, please contact the Florida FTC Affiliate Partner, Hans Wolf, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn all about all of the FIRST robotic programs in Florida at firstfl.org.

Please register for the events under the Season->Event Registration menu.

Teams are added to the Florida Database about one week after registration with US FIRST. Generally teams are uploaded on Sunday. Any questions about the website, event registration, and passcodes, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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