The EdCo team arrived bright and early at 9 am at the NYU-Poly campus this past Saturday for First Tech Challenge (FTC) Kickoff. We set up an info table with some EdCo swag. Jenny (our Creative Director) manned the table while Leslie (that’s me! our Community Success Advisor) attended a Team Development workshop, a college planning workshop, and a C for Robots workshop. Also in attendance was Dan (our chief of Product) with his adorable daughter, and Rafi (our co-founder).
The morning series of workshops wrapped up at 11:45 am we all gathered around for the FTC challenge reveal! We were wished “May the tubes be ever in your favor” and the Cascade Effect challenge was announced.
I understood about… nothing. It was so complex! There are 160 plastic balls that can be used to score, but they’re of different sizes and distributed between plastic vat and all the robots. There’s also something called autonomous mode (with autonomous balls?) where a Beacon (of sound?) guides the robots. In addition to all that, there’s a scattering of goals, ramps, and parking zones where robots have to push things into to score points.
And to explain that far I had to watch the Cascade Effect video on YouTube three times. *facepalm*
The students that were at Kickoff with me, in direct contrast to my bewilderment, calmly soaked in all the information, and went directly to examine the field and discuss the competition and tactics.
We all were beyond impressed with the keen intelligence, comprehension and excitement that these competitors have. Good luck to all teams participating in the FTC challenge. We look forward to seeing the progress you guys make!