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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. 

Florida is holding 4 Kickoff Events this year. The events will be held on Sep 9th at Middleton High School, Jacksonville University, Vierra High School, and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

The game manual for the 2017-2018 season has been released on the firstinspires.org. You can also go see a teaser for the game.

A workshop is being held on Aug 5th at the Upper Tampa Library. Checkin is from 9:00-930 am. All teams/coaches/mentors are invited.


Please see important documents for 2017-2018 season in Helpful Links->Presentations->2016 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 get the firmware updated on the Modern Robotics components. It takes about two weeks so plan ahead.

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.


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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