Updated: Nov 8, 2022
Based out of East Peoria since 2014, the Robo Raiders #8899 are a First Tech Challenge (FTC) team comprised of students ranging from 7th through 12th grades. Current team members include 3 Sophomores, 3 Freshmen, and one 7th grade student. Team member selection is based on individual skillset, compatibility, and mindset of each applicant.
The competition season extends from September through March. In the off-season months, team members focus on community service and outreach. STEM is at the core of robotics and FTC. The team’s STEM activities include:
Utilizing CAD technologies along with 3D printing and CNC milling to design, test and maximize the students’ creativity.
Teaching team members to envision the end goal and break out their inner Emmet to accomplish the task at hand.
Using Android Studio and Java, team members learn to program the robots they build and advance their skills to teach incoming generations of robotic tinkers, builders, and programmers.