Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors (Please distribute this email to your team members, parents, and mentors):

The Florida FTC 2019-20 season has officially ended with the conclusion of the Florida Championship that was held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  The focus of this FTC email newsletter is to publish the award winners and the 8 teams that will be progressing to the Houston World Championship. I look forward to seeing our Florida teams in Houston and I look forward to what the next game challenge will be for the 2020-21 season.

The following are the two topics contains in this email:

  1. 1.Keep Your Sponsors Involved
  2. 2.Florida Championship Award Winners
  3. 3.Florida Teams Advancing to the Houston World Championship

Newsletter Details:

  1. 1.Keep Your Sponsors Involved – The FTC season has officially come to an end but that does not mean your team should not continue to meet and plan for next year. I encourage all of the team that received grants from a sponsor to create an end of season summary letter that helps shows how your sponsors have impacted your teams.  This is a great way to make sure they are willing to donate again next year.
  2. 2.Florida Championship Award Winners -- The 14th Florida FTC season has come to an end with an exciting celebration at the Florida Championship that was held at Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville on February 28-29, 2020. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, coaches, mentors, and teams members across Florida that made this a very special Florida Championship event.

The 60 teams that attended the Florida Championship made it a very competitive event.  A combination of high scoring robots and will organized teams made it difficult to select the judge award winners. The judges had no easy task as they reviewed thousands of pages of engineering notebooks, watched several hours of matches, conducted 60 interviews, and held additional discussions with a large number of teams.

The teams were divided into two divisions (Lawrence and Scott) of 30 teams with the winners of each division coming together in a 2 match final that saw the lost score of 315 points and the highest score of 425 points. The highest score of the day was 491 in a Lawrence Division alliance match made by teams 3101 and 4997.  The Scott Division was also very competitive with teams 516 and 10345 scoring 415 points in an alliance match. Congratulations to all of the teams that attended and I look forward to seeing all of the teams back again next year. The judges also struggled to select the award winners and took several hours of heated debt to select the award winners


The following is a summary of the winning robots and the award winners:

Inspire Award Winner: 12600 Hardon Knights

                                    2nd place –3888 Greased Lightning

                       3rd place – 3101 Boom Bots

Dean’s List Award:

                Florida Finalist:

  • Kaylee Diaz from team 14431
  • Gisela Gerstenberger from team 12827
  • Aabhas Jain from team 3101
  • Lauren Nonnenmocher from team 7719

Winning Alliance:

6433 Neutrinos (Captain)

4997 Masquerade

7321 Charlotte Surge

Finalist Alliance:

            9779 PIEaters (Captain)

12600 Hardon Knights

2845 Team Duct Tape


Lawrence Division Finalist

            16391 Rising Ninjas (Captain)

            7592 Roarbots

            10650 Hazmat Robotics Biohazards


Scott Division Finalist

            3101 Boom Bots (Captain)

            3846 Maelstrom

            3830 Violet Fusion

Think Award

Winner: 3846 Maelstrom
Finalist: 3888 Greased Lightning and 5937 Renaissance Robotics

Design Award

Winner: 16391 Rising Ninjas

Finalist:  9779 PIEaters and 10497 SwampBots

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award

Winner: Team 4717 Mechromancers

Finalist: Teams 3101 Boom Bots and 14431 Pyrites

Control Award

Winner: 9779 PIEaters

Finalist: 6433 Neutrinos and 516 Gears of Fire

Connect Award

Winner: Team 3888 Greased Lightning

Finalist: Teams 7719 RISE and 7477 Super 7

Motivate Award

Winner: 3101 Boom Bots

Finalist: 5937 Renaissance Robotics and 6433 Neutrinos

Judge Award Winner

Winner: 17244 DAR2-D2

Finalist: 10284 Team R.O.B.O.T. (Really Obsessed Builders Of Tomorrow) and 17014 Fierce Fish

Promote Award

Winner: 3939 Bolts of Steel

           Finalist: 7719 RISE and 6323 The Pink Team

Compass Award Winner

Richard "Dick" Gilson of Team 7477 Super 7

            Finalist: Glynn Dettman of Team 10650 and Chris George of Team 17014

  1. 3.Florida Teams Advancing to the Houston World Championship

The final awards presentation of the Florida Championship was identifying the eight (8) teams from Florida that will be advancing to the FTC World Championship in Houston, Texas.  The following are the eight teams that received bids:

  • 3101 Boom Bots
  • 3846 Maelstrom
  • 3888 Greased Lightning
  • 4997 Masquerade
  • 6433 Neutrinos
  • 7321 Charlotte Surge
  • 9779 PIEaters
  • 12600 Hardon Knights
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