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UCF Robotics

The UCF Robotics Club inspires youth in the pursuit of education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through a structured program where kids experience STEM in a creative and fun environment similar to an athletic program, where team spirit and progressive competition stimulates participation aligned with the FIRST®core values of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®.

The Robotics club currently supports over 100 students, Grades pre-K through 12, in the UCFSD in our after-school robotics competition programs.  We want to grow so please get involved today!

Students can join us by applying in May during the recruiting season.  Please look for orientation sessions organized in the spring that explain how the program works and how to register. We will organize one for both leagues described below. Our competition season begins in early September based on the international release of the Challenge and Game rules by FIRST®.  

FLL (FIRST LEGO League) provides students from grades pre-K to 8 the ability to start or continue to learn through advanced challenges in real-world problem solving and advanced engineering concepts using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 platform to compete on a field of missions requiring fully autonomous robot operation.  Here they will learn about software development and mechanical engineering concepts such as gear ratios, inversions and differentials as well as mathematical concepts such as calculating degree of rotation and relation to precise navigation of the robot.  They will be introduced to sensors that enable interaction with real world elements and learn principals of light and sound wave behavior.

FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) provide students in grades 7 through 12 further advancement in engineering with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and application of engineering principles in development of the robotics solutions, management of projects, fiscal management and accounting and project management.  In FTC the student learns further advanced concepts of programming / software development as well as mechanical and electrical fundamentals with DC Controllers for motor and servo control.  Students at this level are allowed to fabricate their own parts and are provided more autonomy in the development of the solution to the competition challenges.



UCF FLL Robotics Club
Dan Connolly – Coordinator

UCF FTC Robotics Club
Natalia Duchini – Coordinator