January 18, 2024 | | Practice

The St Peters Lutheran College Robotics Team have returned from the National FTC Robotics competition in high spirits.

FTC (First Tech Challenge) teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete head to head and make alliances with other teams. Participants develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting championship competition.

42 of the best teams from the state competitions were selected to attend the National competition in Sydney, and The Flaming Galahs not only qualified to attend but also achieved a 5th place.  They won four out of five of matches and were awarded as Finalist in the Contral Award.

“This award is given to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results. The control component should work consistently in the field.”

Quadric is proud to have supported the team with parts and mentoring.  It is a pleasure working with such brilliant young minds and we are excited to see how their next challenge goes: the FRC competition.  The robots that FRC teams build are much larger and more complex. To make up for this size difference, FRC teams are usually larger and usually cost more to operate than FTC teams.