6th Annual ROBOTICON !
STEAM Powered Sport for the Mind
ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is organized by the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, a nonprofit educational organization, in partnership with the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County, FL and other fine community partners. Special thanks to Florida FIRST Alumni, ROBOT League of Tampa and West Florida Robotics for FIRST program support at ROBOTICON. ROBOTICON is also proud to be a Manufacturing Day Event!
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 teams, the program highlighted at ROBOTICON, 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 FIRST Robotics Competition teams, as well as a “time-to-get serious” early-season opportunity for FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League & FIRST LEGO League Jr. 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 University of South Florida College of Engineering professors and students, and sponsors from the professional community. Read more on our Education page
ROBOTICON gave me a front row seat to some of the innovative and complex robots these students are able to design and build. … These experiences create a real-life engineering environment where students are challenged to think through and solve problems relevant to what they will encounter in the future as professional engineers.
– Tony Glockler, SolidProfessor
Besides the FIRST Robotics Competition game, elementary, middle & high school teams can enjoy off-season game play, scrimmage opportunities, workshops, engineering exhibits and activities. Guests can learn more about great STEM education opportunities for their families and get inspired! Learn More
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ROBOTICON is a program of the Foundation for Community Drive Innovation (FCDI), a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions to ROBOTICON through FCDI are tax deductible as permitted by law.
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