Who We Are
Renaissance Robotics is a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team that meets in Apopka, Florida. The team was founded in 2012 by combining two FIRST Lego League teams into a single FIRST Tech Challenge team.
- Co-ed team of up to 15 team members (2016-2017 team has 2 girls, 8 boys)
- Homeschoolers, ages 12-18 / grades 7-12
- Student led, with mentor support from engineers
- Involved families
- Renaissance Robotics meets YEAR ROUND. Our year runs from May 1st - April 30th.
Renaissance Robotics has an impressive track record having qualified for the Florida State Championship and South Super Regional Championship each season. In 2017, the team attended the World Championship in Houston, Texas.
Join us for the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 season.
Training starts in May! Motivated applicants can start learning NOW!
FIRST Tech Challenge
More than Robots
The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students that launched in 2005. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST® Robotics Competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC® is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for high-schoolers who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of about 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams. Robots are built using a TETRIX® or MATRIX® platforms that are reusable from year-to-year, and 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.
The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 86% have more interest in school, 86% have more interest in school, 84% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 87% are more interested in attending college.
- Design, build, and program robots
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Develop problem-solving, collaboration, and team-building skills
- Build and become strong leaders
- Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
- Cooperate and compete in alliances at tournaments
- Compete for awards on and off the field
- Participate in a tiered competition that culminates at the FIRST® Championship
- Qualify for over $20 million in college scholarships
- Have fun!