PIEaters - FTC Team 9779


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:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


Rover Ruckus 
2018-19 Season

Florida State Championship -  Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida
4th Alliance Captain, Scott Division
Promote Award Winner

Tesla League Championship – Forest Lake Academy

Winning Alliance First Pick

Motivate Award

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

Relic Recovery 
2017-18 Season

South Super Regional - The Classic Center, Athens, Georgia
Promote Award Winner

Florida State Championship -  Prime Osborn Convention Center, Jacksonville, Florida
Finalist Alliance Captain (in alliance with Team 3846 Maelstrom and Team 9277 Hazmat Robotics Explosives)
Think Award Finalist

Tesla League Championship - Forest Lake Academy
Winning Alliance Partner (in alliance with Team 9277 Team Hazmat Robotics Explosives and Team 10650 Team Hazmat Robotics Biohazards)
Think Award Winner
2nd Place Control Award
2nd Place Compass Award
3rd Place Motivate Award

3rd Qualifying Tournament - Lake Highland Prepatory School
Gracious Professionalism Award
Highest Score of the Day (with Team Regressive)

1st & 2nd Qualifying Tournaments - undefeated 

Velocity Vortex 
2016-17 Season

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

2015-16 Season

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

Final Alliance

Winner - Gracious Professionalism Award

Winner - Coopertition Award

FIRST Lego League - Learning Unleashed

2014-15 Season 

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

2013-14 Season

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