TAMPA, FL - ROBOCON Tampa Bay is a FIRST robotics showcase event October 26 & 27 at the Bob Martinez Sports Center, at University of Tampa. Admission is free to the public and events take place from 10am to 6 pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a full scale competition event, see a variety of FIRST K-12 robots in various stages of construction and operation, enjoy a college and career fair, and learn more about industrial and medical robotics, and tech careers in Tampa Bay.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams from all over Tampa Bay and Florida will showcase their skills and pit their student built robots against one another in the challenge called Ultimate Ascent , a high speed game of ultimate robot Frisbee. Teams play in alliances of three on a blue team and a red team, and score by having their robots shoot discs into a variety of low and high goals, defend against opposing robots, and even climb a ten-foot high pyramid without any direct human intervention.
Elementary and middle school FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and high school level FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will also have their robots on hand, as well, running practice matches and working on their robots.
Guests are invited to visit the Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and talk to team members, visit the ROBOCON Exhibit Hall to enjoy STEM demos, vendors and organizations, and learn more about technical, math and science career and college opportunities
The mission of ROBOCON Tampa Bay is to increase public awareness of FIRST K-12 education programs and to provide FIRST Robotics Teams with a high-quality, post-season competitive event that provides opportunities for pre-season skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. ROBOCON also provides a fun and unique way for the general public to enjoy this “Sport for the Mind” and see and enjoy the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics that FIRST offers.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills and motivate young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO®League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO®League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism®is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org To learn more about FIRST in Florida, visit http://bit.ly/FIRSTinFL