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FIRST SA Robotics

Welcome to the FIRST Tech Challenge Velocity Vortex game for high school learners from 12 to 18 years of age. Design and build a metal robot that can team up with another robot to detect color, press buttons, pick up plastics balls scattered on the playing field and shoot them thru a center area representing a vortex. To add to the already challenging game a 30 second end game allow the robots to pick up a 60cm Ball and placing it on the center vortex.

Saturday 25 November. Many FIRST tech Challenge teams are up before 6AM getting ready for the Qualifying tournament at Sci-Bono Discovery center. Some teams slept less than 5 hours, one team even pulled an all nighter, experiencing a real life feel to what could be expected in the engineering world they are preparing themselves for. Why all this effort and dedication?

FTC Robots in action

Judges (represented by skilled staff from Ryonic Robotics) were impressed by detailed CAD design of some of the robots, 3D printed parts and complex Java code running on smartphones to navigate and control the robots in autonomous and driver control mode. The FTC program is supported by the SAIMC whereby some teams received sponsorship from Yokogawa, Beckhoff, Vega and Coolermaster.

The qualifier tournament for the 2016/2017 season resulted in teams helping teams to compete a true example of gracious professionalism. The winning team Geared Wings will represent South Africa at the Word Festival in April in Houston Texas USA.

Team Creepy Crawley being judges by Staff from Ryonics Robotics and a TUT Student

The FIRST Robotics programs are managed by TUT in collaboration with UNISA, NMMU, SAIMC and various science centers. For more information on how to get involved as volunteer, team, mentor or sponsor contact Mr. J de Vries devriesj@tut.ac.za http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

Judges (represented by skilled staff from Ryonic Robotics) were impressed by detailed CAD design of some of the robots, 3D printed parts and complex Java code running on smartphones to navigate and control the robots in autonomous and driver control mode. The FTC program is supported by the SAIMC whereby some teams received sponsorship from Yokogawa, Beckhoff, Vega and Coolermaster.

The qualifier tournament for the 2016/2017 season resulted in teams helping teams to compete a true example of gracious professionalism. The winning team Geared Wings will represent South Africa at the Word Festival in April in Houston Texas USA.

The FIRST Robotics programs are managed by TUT in collaboration with UNISA, NMMU, SAIMC and various science centers. For more information on how to get involved as volunteer, team, mentor or sponsor contact Mr. J de Vries devriesj@tut.ac.za http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc

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