FTC Team #14518It’s way more than building robots. 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. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. For more information about FTC, please check out their website here.
19-20 Season - Skystone
This year, we dubbed ourselves "Seasoned Rookies", as it was no longer our first year competing. However, there was still a lot to learn. We competed in two events (Mahoning Valley & Kent State Qualifier) in this year's competition, Skystone. We struggled with programming using Vuforia once again this year, but created a very nice autonomous program that could deliver the first two stones in the line as well as park under the bridge. Our control and lift mechanism worked consistently and we were able to stack on average 3-4 stones, capping about 50% of the time during driver controlled. At Kent, we were shocked when we were selected as a first alliance pick, eliminated the #1 seeded alliance, and earned the Think Award!
18-19 Season - Rover Ruckus
On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, the RoboVikes traveled to the Kent State University for their inaugural FTC competition, Rover Ruckus. The team had a few setbacks, the largest two being that we could no longer land off of the lander and that our camera used to sample was no longer working. Despite these issues, we were able to score a total of 397 points in our five matches, securing the 12th place spot out of the twenty eight teams at the tournament!