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