This course generally follows the guidelines of FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), an organization that is designed for students in grades 9–12 to compete head to head with their robot using sports competition as the model. Teams from participating schools are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots in a 10-week build period to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Our students will build their robot based on sound engineering principles, program their robot using Java or the MIT App Inventor, and develop strategy based on the goals of the challenge given by FTC for the year. Guidance is provided by volunteer mentors as well as the teacher. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
NOTES: 1. Class size is limited. 2. Participation in after-school/weekend events is required.
Full year—1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (may be taken concurrently)