First Tech Chellenge
“The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students in grades 7–12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using Java or the MIT App Inventor. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and volunteers are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. The ultimate goal of FTC is to familiarize young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” (“Wikipedia”).
Our team is Technophobia, literally meaning fear of technology. We chose this name out of irony because we actually all love robotics. The 2018-2019 will be our first year competing as Technophobia. Previously, the majority of our members competed on a team named EP Robo Raiders. Both our teams are apart of the East Peoria community under EP Stem along with Retro Robotics. East Peoria is very excited for this season of FTC. We all hope to see you at the competitions soon.