Team 1872 – Steel Lion, from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, joins more than 3000 students from over 60 teams representing Florida high schools plus teams from the Southern U.S. , the Caribbean and South America, along with hundreds of teachers, industry and college mentors, parents and 6,500 pounds of metal, gears and electronics to complete in the FIRST® Robotics Competition Orlando Regional. Teams represent high schools from Tampa Bay to the Space Coast, and from Tallahassee to Miami, from across the southeast, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
Team 1872 – Steel Lions, winners of the Rookie Inspiration Award in 2006, is the only FRC Team from Puerto Rico. The team consists of 8 students and two mentors that work on the design, construction and programming of the robot during building season. Of those 18, eleven students will be attending the Orlando Regional with the 2 mentors.
The Orlando Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition offers students an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more, and to advance to the FIRST Championship competition in St. Louis, MO in April. The public is encouraged to attend the Orlando Regional to catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams. Admission is free.
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition engineering challenge is called FIRST Steamworks .
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition steampunk themed game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Represented by two three-team alliances, each “adventure club” prepares to take flight in three ways:
1. Build Steam Pressure. Robots collect fuel represented by green balls. They score it in high and low goals in their boiler. As fuel is scored steam pressure in the tank on the alliance’s airship builds – the high goal builds pressure faster than the low goal.
2. Start Rotors. Robots retrieve and deliver gears to pilots on their airship who then
install them on the appropriate rotor. Once a gear train is complete the rotor can be
3. Prepare for Flight. Adventure clubs want their robots to climb aboard their airships so
they can assist the pilots during the race.
About the Orlando Regional
Held at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida each spring, the competition challenges high chool students around the world to build up to 120 lb. robots to solve playing field challenges in fast paced matches. The Orlando Regional is committed to inspiring young people to become passionate about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
To learn more about the Orlando Regional, visit OrlandoFRC.org
About the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation
The Orlando Regional is organized and produced by the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF), an all-volunteer 501(C)3, non-profit organization, and over 100 community volunteers.
Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST (FIRSTINspires.org) designs accessible and inclusive K-12 STEM education programs that use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests, in a character driven platform that also inspires self-confidence, leadership, and life skills . In Florida, FIRST serves over 10,000 students statewide. With support from a comprehensive network of Fortune 500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals, FIRST provides more than $25 million in college scholarships. Programs include FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. To learn more about FIRST in Florida, visit FIRSTFL.org.