Rookie FTC team organizing this year!
We are looking for team members
(12-18 years old, 7th-12th grade)
... and mentors and coaches
(18 yrs and over)
This program is for kids 12-18 years old on a team of 10 students. Upon the six core values of teamwork, innovation, impact, inclusion, exploration, and fun, FIRST Tech Challenge consists of designing, building and programming a robot, using the Tetrix platform, to do autonomous and remotely controlled missions. The robot can be modified significantly using 3D printers, industrial-grade materials and other brand components, within a specific set of rules. The robot is 18 x 18 x 18inches in size. The robot is programmed with Java and controlled with android phones. At the competition, the robots compete with other teams in an alliance match-up while playing a theme-related game on a large playing field 12ft x 12ft. Formal recognition is awarded to teams based on several different judging criteria. The main categories include robot control, robot build, community outreach, marketing and the engineering notebook. The students have approximately four months to prepare for the competition.
The students learn the engineering design process, beginner programming, basic robotic concepts, sensors, strategy, shop skills, keeping notes, communication skills, advertising, marketing, team-building skills, cooperating while competing, and gracious professionalism. All this is in the context of playing with technology and having fun with friends! The team has mentors at Elsner Engineering and hopes to find additional coaches and mentors for this year’s team. We are currently accepting new students to be on the Hanover Library Robotics’ FIRST Tech Challenge team. Meetings will be evenings and Saturdays at the Library and occasionally other locations as necessary. Exact times TBD. Costs should be minimal and hope to be covered by fundraising efforts.
Summer pre-season activities coming in June!