Event Details

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay 2016 was held October 8 & 9 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena. Visit the pages below for relevant event information.

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What is ROBOTICON Tampa Bay?

finals matchROBOTICON Tampa Bay is a FIRST Showcase event. Showcase.  It combines a full scale off season FIRST Robotics Competition event with FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge  practices,  a mini-FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo, an Innovation Fair for students and guests,  workshops, industry exhibits and more.

The mission of ROBOTICON is  to provide FIRST student robotics teams with a high-quality, post-season competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences.  The event also provides a fun and unique way for the general public to enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and see and enjoy the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that FIRST offers.

 Who is it for?

FIRST Teams – All first teams, of all skill levels are welcome! FIRST Robotics Competition  teams will enjoy a full day of competition, plus Skills Challenges, and Most Awesome Pit Contest. FIRST Tech Challenge  and FIRST LEGO League  teams will have scrimmage and Build It Day opportunities, and FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams can enjoy a Mini Expo Experience.   All teams can enjoy:

  • Workshops and seminars on CAD, programming, team business planning, fundraising and development
  • College & Career Expo,
  • Industry exhibits & more!

Teachers & Schools – Our FIRST Showcase hosts a STEM Educators Conference in 2016, and provides educators from around Tampa Bay and Florida the opportunity to see FIRST K-12 STEM education in action and to learn best practices from other schools and educators. There will be teacher workshops on implementing FIRST programs in classroom and after school environments, and to speak to teachers and coaches from around the state.

The Tampa Bay Community – Kids of all ages, families, youth groups, school groups, clubs, homeschool co-ops, tech organizations and anyone who loves robots, and would like to see what FIRST is all about, or just wants a fun day of robot competitions!

The Tampa Bay Area Business & Technical Community – Members of our local tech industry that want to share the joy and knowledge of their business and career opportunities with our future engineers and technical leaders are encourages to participate as a named sponsor of ROBOTICON.  See our sponsorship page for more details.

How Much Does it Cost?

Public Admission is FREE!