The FTC Season begins with the Kick-off and Game Reveal where the team gathers to play a few ice-breakers before we learn the new FTC game and begin to strategize its important aspects. We then enter the Build Season, where we hold regular meetings where we design (and redesign), build (and rebuild), wire (and rewire), program (and reprogram), troubleshoot, and practice with the robot. During the Build Season, students create an Engineering Notebook that illustrates the robot's design, programming, electronics and evolving concepts.
Right before the end of Build Season, GearCats attend a Scrimmage (or mock-competition). Scrimmages are great opportunities to see how the robot might perform when playing the game with other robots in a low stress environment. They give students a chance to make changes, get driving practice, and repair the robot.
Once the Build Season comes to an end, we enter Competition Season, where the GearCats robot competes head-to-head against other teams' robots. GearCats students can drive the robot in matches, service it in the Pits, and take detailed notes on competing robots. GearCats compete at the Regional level, and if we do well enough, we can advance to the State competition, or World championship.
Kick-off and Game Reveal
September 8, 2018, 9:30a-2:00p
(Dow Building UofM North Campus)
Meeting Dates and Location
Wednesday 5-7 and Sunday 4-7
Other dates as needed to prepare
Clague Middle School Room 144
2616 Nixon Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Howell FTC Qualifier
November 2-3, 2018
Parker Middle School
400 Wright Rd.
Howell, MI 48843
MI State Competition: December 14-15, 2018
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GearCats is for students in 6th-8th grade. For students in 9th-12th grade, check out FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 830, the RatPack!