FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students get to:
- Design, build, and program robots
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
- Earn a place in the World Championship
- Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships
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Exploding Bacon’s FTC team is an off-shoot of the FRC team. It was originally formed as an FVC team when the senior members wanted to compete all year long. The smaller team also doubled as a way to train new members in building robots and understanding core concepts. During the many years the FTC team has been around, we have won many awards including the Florida Inspire Award three times and the Connect Award twice. These awards both emphasize our outreach in conjunction with the FRC team.
- 2012 – Second Place Inspire Award
- 2011 – Florida Championship Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
- 2011 – Greyhound Challenge Qualifying Competition Inspire Award
- 2011 – RoboFest Qualifying Competition Think award
- 2010 – Alliance Winner at RoboMania Qualifying Competition
- 2010 – Inspire Award at RoboFest Qualifying Competition
- 2009 – Florida Championship Inspire Award
- 2009 – Inspire Award at RoboMania Qualifying Competition
- 2008 – Florida Championship Inspire Award
Age Levels: 7-12 Graders
Link to First: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
Season: September – April
Students: No current team