Each season in the early fall, FIRST LEGO League Jr. FIRST LEGO League , and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 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. Here’s what we had at ROBOTICON 2016.
FIRST Robotics Competition – FIRST Stronghold!
FIRST Stronghold is a medieval themed castle siege game in which high school students built robots designed to overcome castle defenses, score foam “boulders” into one another’s towers, and scale their opponents tower walls through autonomous and teleoperated modes on a basketball court sized playing field. Teams have just six weeks to build robots that can weigh up to 120 lbs. Click here for a one page game description, and check out the video below to learn more.
FIRST Tech Challenge – Velocity Vortex
FIRST Tech Challenge, for youth in 7th to 12th grade, are challenged 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 2016-17 game is called Velocity Vortex. See the game video below, or check out the one page game description. Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at FIRSTInspires.org
FIRST LEGO League – Animal Allies
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 component and related presentation. The 2016 season challenge is called Animal Allies the FIRST LEGO League game page for full game details!
FIRST LEGO League Jr.- Creature Craze
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 2016 challenge is called Creature Craze. 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.