The 2018-2019 Season is coming up quick. This is first year that FLL, FTC, and FRC game has the same them. This is FTC's 30th season. Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUS(SM) Presented by Qualcomm. Teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this world space-themed game. Prepare to rouse a ruckus and take your team on an adventure when the new season launches. (www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season)
Please see important documents for 2018-2019 season in Helpful Links->Presentations->2018 Kickoff
All teams should upgrade to Android Studio 3.1.4 and use 4.0 (2018-09-12) release of the FTC SDK. 3.3 is the minimum allowable version for the 2018 season.
The latest version is 4.0 (2018-09-12). 4.0 Adds the following capabilities
- Initial support for UVC compatible cameras
- Support for improved motor control
- 5 GHz Wireless
- Improved Expansion Hub firmware update support in Robot Controller app
- Blocks Improvements
- Modest Improvements in Logging
- New Devices - LED's, Distance Sensor, Rev 20:1 Hex Motor, Rev Touch Sensor
Please read about ESD Mitigation - Useful for teams and Event Organizers
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)
- Motorola Moto E4 Play
- Google Nexus 5 - (Hard to find)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (~`$180)
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.