ROBOTICON Live Online! 2020-21 Games

Each season in the early fall, many FIRST teams learn what their new season game challenge will be, while the other programs are trying their hands and minds on their current season challenges.

For fall 2020, for FIRST, it was FIRST Game Changers!  VEX teams were hard at work with Rise Above and Change Up.  And ROBOTICON 2020 changed things up to go online, and national in scope.  COVID-19 has been a game changer for all of us, but we looked at it as an opportunity to explore new ways of doing things, rather than as an obstacle to learning.

Check out our virtual event,  ROBOTICON 2020 – a bright spot in a dark year, with clear vision for the future! to see how we made the most of a challenging time.

Open Competitions


In 2020 we held the first ever CAD Challenge for ROBOTICON. In light of the interesting circumstances brought in by 2020, ROBOTICON has gone virtual! With this we came up with a CAD Challenge created by a group of fellow FIRST participants that have a history in Computer Aided Design and participation in other CAD events as well as Bryan Bautista, a ROBOTICON event planner. They created a never before seen game concept for the ROBOTICON 2020 CAD Challenge. 

Objectives for the CAD Challenge, open for all ages up through high school, were:

  • Create a robot to compete in the hypothetical game that has been created by our game designers.
  • Complete the scouting sheet with a description of your robot and strategy
  • Stay within the constraints of the game manual presented
  • Make sure all participants are of student age
  • Most importantly, have fun

ROBOTICON 2020 CAD Challenge Rules:

  • Robot must be submitted in one of the listed formats stated.
  • Parasolid binary files, .x_b
  • STEP, .stp
  • Onshape hyperlink
  • Team size can be any number of participants, however, all active participants making parts for the robot must be student aged.
  • Software and mechanical/electrical designs created prior to the event are only permitted if the source files (complete information sufficient to produce the design) are available publicly.

Visit the Results page to see who won!

2020 ROBOTICON Challenge –

Middle & High School Teams

The ROBOTICON Challenge is open to middle school and high school level youth robotics teams registered for ROBOTICON 2020.

There was one winner in each of the following categories,  awarded to the team that met the highest levels of performance in each of the three judged elements below:

  • Business Planning – Show us how you effectively sustain your team. This could include merchandising, securing sponsorships, good budgeting, or some creative revenue stream. 
  • Technical Expertise– Show us your most effective or unique solution to an engineering problem you encountered over the last season.
  • Community Service – How does your team serve back in your community?  We’re especially interested in STEM related community service, but are happy to see any of your projects.

Visit the Event Results ( to see winners!

NEXT Robotics Challenge – By Alumni for Alumni!

At ROBOTICON 2019, in partnership with PLUGHITZ Live, we announced the launch of NEXT Robotics, a post-high school open robotics challenge that would be designed by youth robotics alumni for alumni. We certainly didn’t have 20/20 vision for what 2020 was going to throw at us, but now we’re ready for the next steps for NEXT Robotics and invite alumni, from any program, to enter the NEXT Robotics Design Challenge!

The Challenge was open to post-high school alumni, and invited them to share a game challenge that is:

  • Exciting
  • Accessible physically and financially
  • An indoor competition
  • Played on a 12×24’ field2
  • 24” robot weighing not more than 75 lbs                                                                                                                                                     

Entry had to include:

  • Basic gameplay description
  • General rules including scoring elements
  • Estimated budget
  • How/where field and gameplay elements can be sourced
  • A field sketch

Visit the Results page to see the winner, and stay tuned for more info about seeing NEXT in action at ROBOTICON 2021!

Robot Competitions

FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be playing this past season’s game:  Infinite Recharge in a new way, since their season was cut short due to COVID-19 back in the spring.  We’ve put a new spin on Infinite Recharge for ROBOTICON Live Online! 


Check out the different ways we had to play HERE.

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 2020-21 game is called Ultimate Goal and challenges students to come up with a robot that can play a high speed ring toss game, scoring in high, medium and low goals and manipulating targets into various positions.  

For the purposes of ROBOTICON Live Online, registered teams will get “match times” when they can run their robots on their own practice fields, and we’ll show split screen livestream of paired matches on ROBOTICON YouTube and Twitch channels!

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

Check out the game animation for Ultimate Goal below.

FIRST LEGO League – Replay

In FIRST LEGO League Challenge,  students in 3rd through 8th grade build and program fully autonomous robots out of – LEGOs!  They also do a research project  and related presentation.

At ROBOTICON Live Online, registered FIRST LEGO League teams will get assigned times to run matches on their practice tables and we’ll livestream to ROBOTICON YouTube and Twitch in split screen views to cheer teams ons!

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 

VEX Competitions

The VEX family of competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is has more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 tournaments worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game.

For the 2020-21 season, participants in the VEX IQ Challenge are playing Rise Above and participants in the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U are playing Change Up.

For more information about VEX programs, visit the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation website.

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