We are FIRST Tech Challenge Team #9779 the PIEaters. We are a five member team of 11th grade students in the Orlando area. This is our fourth year in FIRST Tech Challenge and prior to that we competed for two years in the FIRST Lego League.
What is FIRST?
FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. Gracious Professionalism, is the ethos of FIRST.
There are 4 age based FIRST Leagues: FIRST Lego League Jr. (ages K-3rd grade), FIRST Lego League (4th-8th grade), FIRST Tech Challenge (7th-12 grade) and FIRST Robotics Competition (9th-12th grade).
What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
We compete in FIRST Tech Challenge which is designed for students who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams are given a challenge at the beginning of the season and are responsible for designing, building, and programming a robot to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Awards are given for competition as well as for outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
What are the Core Values of FIRST?
We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:
Tesla League Championship – Forest Lake Academy
Winning Alliance First Pick
Compass Award Winner for Coach Mr. Clements
3rd Place Inspire Award
2nd Place Think Award
2nd Place Promote Award
Qualifying Tournament #3 - Orange County Technical College
Tesla Award – High Score of the Day with Team 6090 Rock Star Robotics
Qualifying Tournament #1 - Forest Lake Academy
Tesla Award – High Score of the Day with 5937 Renaissance Robotics
South Super Rregional Championship - The Classic Center, Athens, Georgia
Alternate bid to move to FIRST Championship in Texas
Florida State Championship - Western High School, Davie, Florida
Control Award Winner
2nd Place Connect Award
Compass Award video nomination won for the well deserving AJ Foster
Tesla League Championship - Robots in Wonderland @ University High School
Winning Alliance Captain (in alliance with Team 9277 HazMat Robotics Explosives)
Control Award Winner
Compass Award - AJ Foster (video co nomination with Renaissance Robotics)
3rd Qualifying Tournament - Toxic Tech @ Lake Highland Preparatory School
Finalist Alliance Captain
1st Qualifying Tournament - Robots in Oz @ Forest Lake Academy
Winning Alliance Captain
Think Award Winner
Pre-Season Event - Roboticon @ Tampa Bay
Awesome Pit Award Winner
Tesla League Championship - "Think PInk!" @ University High School
Winner - Control Award
Winner - Promote Award
Final Alliance Captain (Tesla season high score 370 PIEaters with Renaissance Robotics)
runner up or 3rd place for : Inspire Award, Design Award, Compass Award and Think Award
2nd Qualifying Tournament - "Space Cowboys" @ Mt Dora Christian Academy
Winner - Think Award Winner
Winning Alliance Partner
After Season Scrimmage - "RoboCon" @ Forest Lake Academy
Winner - Gracious Professionalism Award
Winner - Coopertition Award
FIRST Lego League - Learning Unleashed
Qualifying Tournament: 1st Place Robot Performance, 1st Place Project
Regional Tournament: 1st Place Robot Performance, 2nd Place Grand Champion
State Tournament: 1st Place Robot Performance, 1st Place Programming
FIRST Lego League - Nature's Fury
Qualifying Tournament #1 – 1st Place Project
Qualifying Tournament #2 – 1st Place Robot Performance
Regional Tournament – 2nd Place Robot Performance, 2nd Place Robot Design
State Tournament – participated in top 8 Robot Performance rounds