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)
For the first time, there is a combined kick-off at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. The cost is $29.75 per person and each person attending must register in advance. Visit FLORIDA FIRST LAUNCH 2019 for details. Please carefully read the registration guide. Registration for this event is not on this website.
There will be our traditional Kick-Off with Tutorials/Presentations at various sites (Western Florida - Middleton High School, South Florida - St. Thomas Aquinas High School). Registration for these will be via this site and will be free. While the registration is currently open, I have not loaded any registered team into the database as of yet. My first upload of team data will likely be the week-end of August 25th. You will receive an e-mail with a new passcode.
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 3.5 (2017-10-30) release of the FTC SDK. 3.3 is the minimum allowable version for the 2018 season.
The latest version is 3.5 (2017-10-30)
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.
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.