About FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional Championships and an exciting FIRSTChampionship.
About FIRST Lego League
Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.
Zeeland FTC Teams
RoboDux Team Information:
- Creekside Middle School
- Rookie season was 2015
- 2015 Howell Qualifier Winner
- 2015 Michigan State Champions
- 2016 Mason Qualifier Winner
- 2016 Allendale Qualifier Winner
- 2016 Allendale Qualifier Inspire Award Winner
- 2016 Michigan State Champions
Over-Clucked Bots Team Information:
- Cityside Middle School
- Rookie Season was 2016
- 2016 Kentwood Qualifier Finalist
- 2016 Kentwood Innovative Robot Award Winner
Zeeland FTC teams are open to all students in 6th-8th grade. Team tryouts are held during the first month of the school year. For more information on the FTC teams in Zeeland, contact either the Creekside or Cityside school office.