There are three branches of FIRST:
FLL (First Lego League) is a program designed for elementary and middle school students interested in building and engineering.
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FTC (First Tech Challenge) is designed for high school students interested in engineering as a major in college.
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FRC (First Robotics Competition) is a more advanced high school program. It requires more team members and more money than FTC.
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Robotics is designed to teach students a new way of thinking. It teaches simple programming, building, and teamwork at different levels. FLL partners with LEGO for building parts. FTC uses a myriad of materials, including Tetrix and LEGO pieces. The FTC teams build an 18-cubic inch robot that must perform certain tasks assigned.
What Does Trinity School Offer?
Trinity sponsors a Middle School FLL club and three Upper School FTC teams. In years past, these teams have competed in regional, state, super regional, and even world competitions.
FTC Team Histories and Awards
Every year, FIRST reveals a new challenge for the robotics teams to work for in the next semester. The game is revealed in September, and all of the teams have just a couple of months to brainstorm, create, and program a fully functioning robot that can perform the tasks assigned. In past years, FTC robots have been built to navigate a “mountainous terrain,” stack crates up to 10 feet in the air, control a bowling ball, play Connect Four with rings, and balance a level with blocks.
2827 Artificial Stupidity
Created in 2008, 2827 went to the World Tournament as the Winning Alliance Captain in their first three years running.
3587 Unparalleled Processing
Created in 2010, 3587 was Trinity's second FTC team. The team went to Worlds in 2011 by winning the INSPIREAward First Place.
5459 Syntax Error
Created in 2011, 5459 was Trinity's third team. It has gone to the San Antonio Super Regional Competition two years in a row.