Want to get your kids involved? Visit our Education page to learn how!
Events run 11 am to 5 pm at University Mall Oct. 14, 21 and 28th
Visit the Robot Games page to learn more about each of the competitions at ROBOTICON
ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is a youth robotics showcase organized each fall by the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, a nonprofit educational organization, in partnership with PLUGHITZ Live and other fine community partners.
Spectators are welcome and the event is free and open to the public. Now in its 11th year, our 2023 event kicks off September 30 with a sensory-friendly Sensational Scifest hosted by Scientists Inc., followed by the FIRST Robotics Competition Off-Season held this year at Brooks DeBartelo Collegiate High School October 7 & 8.
All other events throughout October will be held at University Mall, in and around AMRoC Fab Lab at the west end of the mall, from 11 am to 5 pm each Saturday.
Visit our Education page to see how to get your children involved in the programs you’ll see at ROBOTICON.
ROBOTICON presents a high-quality team-based competitive robotics event that inspires youth through its mentor supported, hands-on skill building experience. The challenges of the competition start way before the actual event inspiring students inner drive to understand the real-world importance and applications of STEM skills. ROBOTICON endeavors to increase public awareness and engagement to help create pathways for networking, and college and career readiness experiences for participating students.
Throughout the “Robot Season” students on FIRST, REC Foundation and other youth robotics teams are challenged to design robots in a fun and competitive game format. Each game pits the know-how, skill and resilience of their team and robot against that of teams and robots from all over the state, and in some events, all over the world. ROBOTICON provides a useful and enjoyable “one-more-time” post-season opportunity for high school level teams, as well as a “time-to-get serious” early-season opportunity for new season teams.
Fun & Educational
At ROBOTICON, students are exercising engineering, math, design, construction, teamwork, and strategic thinking in the course of an exciting robotics competition. Participating teams as well as spectators, get to enjoy robust learning opportunities that demonstrate the real-world skills applications of what students learn through their season builds, particularly when they get to spend time with mentors and sponsors who are industry professionals. Read more on our Education page
– Tony Glockler, SolidProfessor