FTC Velocity Vortex 2017

FTC Velocity Vortex 2017

On 28th of January we had our very first FTC Scimmage. Between the few robots we had very well designed and competitive robots. Below a few pictures of the day:



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FTC Block Party! SA

FTC Block Party! SA

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an exciting robotics competition designed for high school students from grades 9-12 typically ages 14-18 and 8th grade students 13 years and older who are prepared to participate in a high school program. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST competition paired with an accessible and robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to inspire young people to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering

Thank you and congratulations to all teams who participated in the very first FTC challenge in South Africa! The event was held on 2 August 2014 at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre and was a huge success. Over 20 teams participated on the day.

There were 6 awards awarded at the event :

  1. Think Award
    • The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best understood the role of the Engineering Notebook in the design process. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Team’s Engineering Notebook focused on the design and build stages of the Team’s Robot.
  2. Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
    • The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel has the most Innovative and Creative Robot design solution to the FIRST Tech Challenge to any or all specific Field Elements or components. Elements of this Award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking with regard to design. This Award may address the design of the whole Robot or some sub-assembly component attached to the Robot. The creative component needs to work consistently, but a Robot does not have to work all of the time during Matches to be considered for this Award. The Team’s Engineering Notebook showed the design of the component{s) and the Team’s Robot, and described succinctly how the Team arrived at that solution.
  3. PTC Design Award
    • The intent of the PTC Design Award is to expand the challenge, inspiring Teams to incorporate industrial design into their Robots. These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look and feel of the Robot, and how the design allows us to think of Robots in new ways. The Design aspect must serve a function, but they should also differentiate the Robot in a unique fashion, not an easy task with a limited set of parts and Game challenge.
  4. Motivate Award
    • The Motivate Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition through Team spirit and enthusiasm. This Team shows their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a Team cheer or outstanding spirit, or through their collective efforts to make FIRST known throughout their school or community.
  5. Match Award
    • Awarded to the winning alliance
  6. Inspire Award
    • The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. This Team serves as an inspiration to what this program and the young minds involved, can accomplish. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The Judges used Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the Pit area, the Team’s Engineering Notebook, and performance on the Playing Field in determining the winner.

The awards were awarded to :

Think Award : Megabotz 14002
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award : Magic Matrix 14012
PTC Design Award : Creepy Crawlies 14007
Motivate Award : VegaNucs 14008
Match Award : Creepy Crawlies 14007
Inspire Award : Shockwave 14013


FIRST Tech Challenge SA – Launched!

FIRST Tech Challenge SA – Launched!

The arrangements for FTC start up is gaining momentum. We are full speed planning the rest of the year with 2 season launches and 2 tournaments. The first season launch and tournament will be an exercise and training session for all of us to prepare us for the 2014 – 2015 season that will kick off the 6th of September 2014.


Please print and distribute the attached document to all your affiliated companies, technical personnel and students. We want to get  them involved. Volunteers can add there name in the grey spaces under the tournament staffing section for the sections that they are interested in. They can also e-mail me so that we can discuss where they would like to volunteer. Many of these critical positions requires training and online examination before the tournament.

We are looking forward to the excitement of FTC!

FTC Dates are as follow:

  • The FTC Game Launch will be held the 31st of May at TUT
  • The First FTC training session will be held at TUT from 7th to 11th of July Proudly supported by National Instruments.
  • The FTC tournament will be hosted at Sci-Bono the 2nd of August 2014.
  • The new season kick-off for 2014-2015 will be the 6th of September.
  • The 2014-2015 season tournament will be held end of the year, provisional date 29 November.