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The 2019-2020 Season is coming up quick.
Congratulations to team 3101 BoomBots from Palm Harbor University High School for being the captain of the winning alliance at the Houston FTC World Championship and to Blake Sanders from team 10497 SwampBots for being a World Championship Dean’s List winner. These are both significant accomplishments for our Florida FTC teams. BoomBots had to score over 500 points in several of the alliance matches to win and scored an impressive 582 points during the finals. Blake Sander’s selection to the Dean’s List is a Florida first. Being selected as a Dean’s List winner from over 1000 nominations is an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations team 3101 BoomBots and Blake Sanders.
Team 7203 KNO3 also had a great World Championship which included being selected for the Design Award Finalist and also making it to the alliance rounds in the Franklin Division. Unfortunately they ran up against the World Championship juggernaut that was led by team 3101 BoomBots.
The Promote Video created by team 9779 PIEaters was played during the opening of the Detroit FTC finals Saturday event. Please watch this creative video.
This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.
Please see important documents for 2018-2019 season in Helpful Links->Presentations->2018 Kickoff
All teams should upgrade to Android Studio 3.4.2.
THE FTC SDK HAS MOVED!!
The current SDK is SkyStone 5.0 (2019-06-14). Please update to the new SDK.
Please read about ESD Mitigation - Useful for teams and Event Organizers
New for this season:
- Alliance Markers - No more flags - teams must create their own alliance markers and bring them to the tournament. Note, AndyMark is also selling alliance markers and some leagues may provide alliance markers.
- Human Player Station
- Ranking Calculations - The reported values will be an average and lowest Tie Breaking Points score does not count
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) - FINAL YEAR - Do not buy
- 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)
- Motorola Moto G5
- Motorlola Moto G5 Plus
- Motorola Moto E4 (USA VERSION ONLY)
- Motorola Moto E5
- Google Nexus 5 - (Hard to find) - FINAL YEAR - Do not buy
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (~$180) - FINAL YEAR - Do not buy
The new REV Robotics Controller is not allowed in Florida. It is in Beta Test and is only allowed in a few areas.
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.
Visit the FTC web site for more information.
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.