The Florida Institute of Technology will host the second annual Panther Prowl off-season event on September 28, 2013, at the Clemente Center on our Melbourne Campus. The competition is open to all registered FRC teams as well as "pre-rookie" teams who plan to begin their FRC career in the 2014 season (interested pre-rookie teams should contact a local team to secure a robot for the competition before registering). We will play Ultimate Ascent, the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition game, per the rules established by FIRST.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the lives of engineers and researchers can be. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "Kit of Parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woddie Flowers and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
The competition at Florida Tech is open to the public - admission is free of charge! Click on "Event Info" to get more details. The event will also be broadcast over the web live on the day of the event - the stream will be available under "Results." Teams wishing to register should click "Registration" to sign up soon, as space is limited to 30 teams on a first come, first served basis.