After humble beginnings as a small club of eight members, River Ridge High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition team 5842 Royal Robotics in New Port Richey, FL, got its real start in 2015 after gaining an experienced adviser and increasing membership currently exceeding 40 students. To promote STEM learning, team members run a summer STEM camp for younger students, demonstrate robots at schools and community events, and mentor Lego League clubs at area schools.

Fun Fact: The Royal Robotics team once purchased an entire Dollar General store’s supply of stretchy rubber bananas, which they proceeded to transport through airport security back to Florida, inspiring the… curiosity of TSA staff.

Royal Robotics is sponsored by Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Trias Construction, Sofwerx,  Tampa Law, and the Pasco Education Foundation.

You can meet this great local team on October 8 & 9 at ROBOTICON!


Our FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be playing the game “Rapid React“, which is played by two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and completing specific challenges in order to score points.

The main scoring elements are “Cargo,” represented by over-sized tennis balls, about the size of a soccer ball, which teams vie to shoot into a central Hub and then a climbing challenge that provides extra points at the end of a match, depending on high up the hangar assembly their robots can go before the buzzer signals the end of the match.   The overall objective of each match is to score more points than the opposing alliance before the match ends.

You can enjoy a full weekend of Rapid React gameplay at ROBOTICON, at University Mall (soon to be RITHM at Uptown) , in Tampa, FL, October 8 & 9!

There will also be an Innovation Fair for all to enjoy and opportunities to learn how to get involved in or start teams in your school or community.  ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is free and open to the public.  Visit our event page to see the schedule for our Manufacturing Month event, which will feature different competitive robotics programs each weekend in October!   Teams interested in registering can do so HERE through September 30.