Join in the Florida FIRST Advocacy Conference – March 19-21 at State Capitol

Join Florida FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams to make FIRST loud in Florida’s Capitol during the inaugural Florida FIRST Advocacy Conference, scheduled for March 19-21, 2019 in Tallahassee. 

Modeled after the FIRST National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, the Florida FIRST Advocacy Conference will equip students to communicate effectively about their FIRST experience with their elected representatives. The organizers, FIRST Tech Challenge teams RISE 7719 and Ascend 14699 from Lakeland Christian School, participated in the National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2018.  RISE was inspired to bring this training back to Florida to share with other FIRST teams.

A partnership with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women’s LEAD Summit will connect FIRST students to a broad coalition of leaders from organizations across the state of Florida during their days in Tallahassee.

The training is intended for high school students and select, mature older middle schoolers participating actively on FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams.  Space is limited.  Teams are requested to limit participation to four team members plus chaperones. If space is available, additional slots will open.

Conference Logistics

  • Register HERE by January 9. 
  • Conference fee:  $40 per person covers snacks, conference materials, and activities.
  • Hotel: Country Inn and Suites  $125/room with two double beds/quad occupancy
  • Find the Conference Itinerary HERE

Join in and help Make it Loud for FIRST in Florida!

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Welcome to the 2018-19 FIRST Tech Challenge Season!

Welcome to the 2018-19 ROBOT League Season, featuring Rover Ruckus and some high energy science and tech experiences, as teams around the Tampa Bay area compete to build the right robot for the job at hand!

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Welcome to the 2017-18 Relic Recovery Season!

While Hurricane Irma descended upon Florida, FIRST Tech Challenge teams statewide were gearing up for the new 2017-18 Relic Recovery season.  The hurricane caused the cancellation of live kick off events across Florida, but there was a virtual state kick off and the livestream Kick off event from San Diego for teams to follow. This year’s game looks amazing and sets some pretty sophisticated engineering challenges for teams.   Check out the game video below:

The object of this year’s  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.

Check out the one page game description here.  Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at FIRSTInspires.org

And teams can follow along with Robot in 1 Weekend builds that were postponed from kick off weekend to September 16 and 17.  In Tampa, a Robot in 1 Weekend event is being held at University Mall with FIRST alumni, many who are students at the University of South Florida.  Robot in 1 Weekend builds are a great way to learn build and programming techniques, and get good ideas on strategy and design that you can use for your own builds.

Visit Robot in 3 Days to learn more!

And Go Teams!

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