FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

Welcome to the FIRST Tech Challenge at Monty Madness.

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

This year’s game is Cascade Effect!

CascadeEffectCASCADE EFFECT℠is played on a 3.66m x 3.66m(12’x12’) square field with approximately 30.5cm (1’)-high walls and a soft foam mat playing surface. Two randomly selected teams are paired together as an Alliance to play a match against a second Alliance. Alliances are designated as either “Red” or “Blue.” Scoring Elements are 160 white plastic balls – large (40) and small (120). In the middle of the field is the Center Field Structure which contains two Ball Dispensers with trap doors held in place by Alliance-specific Kickstands.There are also two Center Goals-one Red and one Blue-with Infrared Beacons placed beneath each Goal. The field has six Alliance-specific Rolling Goals with clear Ball Tubes of various heights (30cm, 60cm, 90cm) as well as two Alliance-specific Ramps, Platforms, and Parking Zones. At the start of the Match, the Balls (large and small) are loaded in the Dispensers in the Center Field Structure. Each Team is given two balls (one large and one small) that can be pre-loaded onto their robot.

Full gameplay rules and the competition manual can be found on the FIRST website.

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