2018 – 2019 Games

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.

In April 2018, FIRST announced a unified theme for all programs – FIRST Launch – so while the FIRST Robotics Competition teams played the previous year’s game for fun and learning, all the other programs got to practice with the new FIRST Launch games and our STEAM Expo was aerospace focused!  

The Games at ROBOTICON 2018

Check out the info and videos below to learn more about the games our participating teams explored.

FIRST Robotics Competition – FIRST Power Up!

FIRST Power Up involves two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The game has a retro 8-bit video game theme and teams are required to place milk crates representing “power cubes” on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances can also trade power cubes for power ups, giving them a temporary advantage in a match. At the end of the match, robots can climb the tower attached to the center balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points.

For more information about FIRST Robotics Competition in Florida, please visit FRC in Florida 

FIRST Tech Challenge – Rover Ruckus

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 2018-19 game is called Rover Ruckus.

Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at

For more information about FIRST Tech Challenge in Florida visit the Florida FTC website or in Tampa Bay, visit ROBOT League of Tampa Bay

FIRST LEGO League – Into Orbit

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 2018 season challenge is called Into Orbit .  Full game info is at the FIRST LEGO League game page  .

For more information about FIRST LEGO League in Florida visit the FLL page at the FIRST in Florida website to find contacts in your area, or in Tampa Bay, please visit West Florida Robotics

FIRST LEGO League Jr.- Mission Moon

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 2018 challenge is called Mission Moon.  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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