FIRST Tech Challenge
What is FIRST® Tech Challenge?
FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards.
Atlantis had a fantastic season this year, transitioning their team to work with more members than ever before. Thanks to increased interest in the team and support from the Techno Titans, Atlantis expanded to 15 members! This group of 7th-9th graders overcame several challenges while learning skills like designing in Onshape, programming in Java, and working with power tools. The team also grew a lot in its social media presence, with a third of the team balancing both their technical responsibilities and creating media to promote the team. While they were not able to advance to the State Championship, their robot performed great given that it was the majority of the team's first FTC season. This great group of students are looking to apply their new knowledge and experience to achieve even more next year.
Atlantis created a robot with the ability to deposit freight into the highest level of the goal and spin all 10 ducks off the carousel. Even though they did not make it past the first level of competition, they attended all four league meets and the league championship. They ended the season with a 10:5 win/loss ratio. We look forward to building on that experience with the new 2022-23 season.