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FIRST ® TECH CHALLENGE
What is FIRST TECH CHALLENGE? (FTC)
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students in grades 7–12 to compete head to head in a tournament. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance against other teams. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition, community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with an accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is a new challenge every year, meaning there are new aspects to the game every season. Along with building and programming a robot, FTC teams are required to create an 'Engineering Notebook' that documents their build season and team experience. It helps teams learn the value of the engineering process and gives them an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and improve. It also shows the judges at tournaments what the teams have overcome throughout the year.
2017 - 2018 FTC SEASON
For the 2017 - 2018 season, 10382 is made up of 10 high school students from Wicomico county. Starting the process in mid-September, the team has successfully put together ideas to create a robot to complete this years challenge, Relic Recovery. They are made up of four sub teams; Business, Mechanical, Programming, and CADD.
2016 - 2017 FTC SEASON
For the second season of FTC the team consisted of 27 members. With such a large growth from our first year, the team was able to produce various ideas to use in the game Velocity Vortex. Although the team was not as successful as the first year, they were able to find new ideas for brainstorming and organization.
2015-2016 FTC SEASON
Year 2015 was the teams first year in participating in the First Tech Challenge. A small group of high school students came together that were interested in participating in all the programs possible, creating the new team 10382 under the Tec Tiger name. With many trial and error situations, the team was excited when they made it to states.
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