FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) welcomes students from eighth to twelfth grade and has an environment that encourages students to teach each other and brainstorm together to create the best design possible for a robot that fits within an 18-inch cube.
In addition to building and programming the robot, students create an Engineering Notebook to document the whole process, which is reviewed by the judges at competitions. They also prepare a brief presentation for the judges in which they describe the mechanisms on the robot, the programming behind it, and how they overcame any issues they faced throughout the season.
This year's challenge, Relic Recovery, was centered around stacking glyphs in the cryptoboxes and placing relics in the recovery zones. With a team mainly consisting of new members and only about half of the team present at the Interleague Championship, this was not our most successful season.
However, our FTC team 3543 excelled last year and was undefeated in the league events. They won the Interleague Championship and Think Award in addition to being finalists for the PTC Design Award, Rockwell Collins Innovate Awards, the Control Award and Inspire Award. They were eliminated in the State Championship.