FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) is one of the levels from the FIRST® robotics program. Students design, build, program, fundraise, and drive robots for competitions. Teams then compete head on in tournaments that advance all the way to a global final. We are proud to be an FTC Team.
A mission of FIRST is to spread STEM to people everywhere. Our team fulfills this through our outreach. We have presented at exhibitions, assisted at other schools, run events, and more. During our off-season, we plan to continue to spread FIRST.
Through the FTC program, we get a hands-on experience with programming, building, designing, teamwork, and so much more. This is a unique opportunity specific to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) which helps foster youth to have a better understanding of STEM jobs, with the intent to help them go into this ever-expanding field.
The Mechanical Monkeys were honored to have advanced to the FIRST World Championships. These are the awards we have received in this 2017-2018 season. We are working hard for our next qualifier for 2018 - 2019 season
Our team participated at the first Bloomfield Hills High School FTC Kickoff. The day before, many of our team members helped set-up the event. Here, we took classes and demonstrated our robot to other teams. As a team, we watched this year's game challenge Rover Ruckus. Immediately, we started strategizing and discussing the game.
In the meetings that followed, we continued to strategize and then design. Everyone contributed ideas which led to a prototyping session. Finally, we started to build our robot with input from our our mentors. All builders were assigned a different part of the robot to build.
Our programming team worked with the build team to test out the robot. After the building was completed, and the programming was ready for the drivers. As the drivers tested the robot, they found little things they wanted to adjust to make driving easier for them. The programmers then adjusted the programs accordingly.
This year, At the Jackson Qualifer, we were the finalist alliance and won Control Award.
Our team discussed what we saw at the Jackson Competition. After a team meeting, we decided to build hanging mechanism on the side.
We have a diverse group of teammates with varying interests, but we all have the same mission; to spread STEM and FIRST.
While FTC is a really great opportunity to learn, the cost to build a robot can add up very quickly. Components for the robot include motors, sensors, C-Channels, servos, and much, much more. A set of 4 inch Mechanum Wheels costs $199.00. The Rev Robotics Expansion hub is $175.00. Motors and servos cost about $30.00 each, and there are already eight on the robot. The rest of the cost includes competition registration fees, marketing materials, food, and more. The average team will spend $7000+ in one season. That's why we need your help so we can journey forward in our mission to spread and learn STEM.