Each season in the early fall, FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge teams learn their new season challenge. FIRST Robotics Competition teams get their game revealed in January each year. At ROBOTICON, FIRST Robotics Competition teams have an opportunity to play the previous season’s game, while the other program levels will be trying their hands and minds on their current season challenges.
This fall, it’s FIRST RISE! Powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, students will set out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. Together, we RISE.
Check out the info and videos below to learn more about the games our 2019 teams explored!
FIRST Robotics Competition – Destination: Deep Space
FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be playing this past season’s game: DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE one more time! Presented by The Boeing Company, we join two competing alliances collecting samples on planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives.
For more information about FIRST Robotics Competition in Florida, please visit FRC in Florida
FIRST Tech Challenge – Skystone
FIRST Tech Challenge, for youth in 7th to 12th grade, challenges teams to design, build, program, and operate robust small scale robots in an alliance format. FIRST Tech Challenge robots use an Android operating system in an accessible, real world engineering experience that’s guided by adult Coaches and Mentors. Students also keep an engineering notebook to document their build processes.
The 2019-20 game is called Skystone and asks students, “What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?” More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together.
Skystone game video will be available in September.
FIRST LEGO League – City Shaper
In FIRST LEGO League, students in 3rd through 8th grade build and program fully autonomous robots out of – LEGOs! They also do a research project and related presentation.
The 2019-20 game is called City Shaper. Full game info is available at the FIRST LEGO League game page .
FIRST LEGO League Jr.- Boomtown Build
The FIRST LEGO League Jr. Challenge , for youth in kindergarten through 4th grade, has a different theme each year, usually tied to the FIRST LEGO League Challenge. The 2019-20 challenge is called Boomtown Build. Each challenge has two defined parts: the Show-Me Poster and the Model. The Show-Me Poster requires teams to illustrate their research and team journey. It provides an opportunity for them to share what they studied, what they learned, and to show information about the team and each team member.
The Model gets teams moving! Teams build a representation of what they are researching, based off the Challenge, and incorporate simple machines and movement into their creation.
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