Welcome to FIRST Tech Challenge in Tampa Bay, and the 2017-18 engineering challenge, Relic Recovery!

This is the home on the web for the Robotics Organized Builders of Tampa (ROBOT) League consisting of about 20 teams from Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties.

The object of this year’s engineering challenge is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by (1) scoring game elements representing Glyphs into appropriate spots in “Cryptoboxes” and completing rows, column, and ciphers, (2) transferring Relics to the Recovery Zone, (3) retrieving game elements representing Jewels, (4) parking on the Balancing Stones, and (5) navigating to specific parts of the Playing Field.See the game video below, or check out the one page game description. Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at FIRSTInspires.org

Florida: A League of Our Own

The Florida FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) program has led the way with the League Play tournament system for FIRST , piloting the program during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.  League play is now the established format here in Florida, under the direction of the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge Program Committee.

The Florida FTC Program Committee and League Leaders join together to provide volunteer training, workshops, practice days, meets and league championships: that follow the rules, judging processes and scoring as specified by FIRST Tech Challenge Headquarters; that are fairly judged and refereed; and that are fun for teams and spectators.

Florida Leagues

Florida FTC teams are assigned to groups consisting of 8 to 24 teams each, called Leagues.  There are now ten Leagues in Florida.  In addition to the ROBOT League in Tampa Bay area, are:

  • Tesla Robotic League – Orlando/Orange County
  • Pinellas County League -St. Petersburg
  • Southwest Robotics League – Cape Coral/Ft. Myers
  • Broward-Miami-Dade South Florida League of Unstoppable Gatorbots  -Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
  • North East Florida  League – Jacksonville
  • Space Coast League – Brevard/Seminole Counties
  • Orange League – Orange County area
  • Palm Beach County

Teams compete at several of their own League Meets and their League Championship.  The team’s win-loss-tie record, judging scores, and a judged team-created video determines each team’s state ranking.  The top twenty-four ranked teams that attended three or more competitions (Meets or League Championships) receive invitations to attend the Florida Championship.

Please read the  Florida FTC Guide to League Play for complete League competition details.


2 Responses to Welcome!

  1. Kelly Linendoll says:

    Hello, my son(12) is interested in participating on a team. We are located in Citrus County so we were referred here. Are there any spots available?

  2. Caryn says:

    Seven Rivers Christian School is located in Citrus County and has a team. You could contact them for more information.

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