New Regional Director for the Orlando Regional

Congratulations to the new Regional Director for the Orlando Regional, Wendy Austin!

Wendy has over 12 years of experience with FIRST. Her experience includes mentoring FIRST teams, developing outreach programs, and helping new teams begin their FIRST journey.Wendy Article

We have been fortunate to have Wendy serve as an active member of the Orlando Regional Planning Committee for over 8 years. Wendy was integral in developing the Orlando Regional Workshops and you may recognize her as the lead of the Orlando Regional Ambassador Program. In addition to her involvement with the Orlando Regional, Wendy has also assisted the Rocket City Regional and the South Florida Regional.

Join us in welcoming Wendy as our new Regional Director!

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2017 Orlando Regional is a Wrap!

IMG_5355 Congratulations to all the great teams who joined us at the 19th Annual Orlando Regional this past week!  You made it Loud and Awesome from start to finish!

Congratulations to all our award winners, and immense gratitude to all the amazing volunteers who dedicated so much time, energy and enthusiasm to making the Orlando Regional so successful.  Thank you, too, to all our event sponsors, without whom the Orlando Regional would not be possible.IMG_20170311_100740990

You can find match results and rankings at the Orlando Regional Event Information page at FIRSTInspires.org. For your convenience, you can also click the image below to download the full list of 2017 awardees.  Look for event photos soon, which will be linked from our Media page.

IMG_4784Thank you again, and see you in 2018, when we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Orlando Regional.  Go Teams!

Event results

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Team Spotlight: Team 5142 Impossible Robotics, of the Netherlands

FIRST FRC Orlando 2016-31194Hailing from over 7,300 km away (that’s more than 4500 miles, for you non-metric people), comes Team 5412 Impossible Robotics, of the Netherlands!


Team 5412, Impossible Robotics is based in the North of the Netherlands. At the time it is composed from students from seven different school and nine different studies spread over the whole Northern part of the country. These studies include technical and non-technical competences.

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Team Spotlight: Team 3932 the Dirty Mechanics of Boca Raton, FL

Dirty MechanicsTeam 3932 the Dirty Mechanics, of Boca Raton, FL,  are a pretty class act with some pretty cool projects underway, including spearheading a petition in the service of Dean’s Homework, to support the  Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act benefitting FIRST.


The Dirty Mechanics, from Boca Raton, Florida are a community team organized as the Boca Raton 4-H Science and Technology Club. In our 6th year of competition, we have grown from one school to six high schools and home schools with 42 team members, tripling in size and more than doubling girls on our team. Our mentors inspire teens to use what they have learned in school STEM classes to the real world nuts and bolts of building competitive robots!

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Team Spotlight: Team 3556 GET SMART of Lake City, FL

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It’s time to meet GET SMART, team 3556 of Lake City, FL!


FIRST Robotics Competition team 3556 has introduced a love for STEM and robotics in our hometown of Lake City, Florida. By mentoring 17 FIRST LEGO League teams and two FIRST Robotics Competition teams, we embody the ideals of FIRST: gracious professionalism, academic integrity, and a fueling passion for STEM.

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Team Spotlight: Team 1902 Exploding Bacon of Orlando, FL

Exploding Bacon 1You know it’s FIRST when pigs fly! Meet Team 1902 4H Exploding Bacon, of Orlando, Florida!


4-H Exploding Bacon Team 1902 has students from ten schools in five counties, plus homeschoolers, encompassing an area of over 1120 square miles. We make an impact through our work running STEM summer camps and proactive outreach. We’ve partnered with companies ranging from local restaurants to Fortune 500, triggering a long lasting shift in STEM-appreciating culture. We have cultivated a unique audience across traditional & social media to help change our world into one that celebrates STEM.

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Team Spotlight: Team 6409 Odrinias of Edirne and Trakya Region, Turkey

Ordrinias TurkeyWe’re delighted to introduce one of our overseas guests and one of our awsome rookie teams, Team 6409 Odrinias, of Turkey!


Odrinias #6409 was established in March 2016 .The team located in Edirne Bahcesehir High School, Turkey. The team is the first FIRST Robotics Competition team established in both city of Edirne and Trakya Region. The team first established with three constituent members and five participant member in May 2016.

The team got an increase in time with six new members and one mentor participating the team. Odrinias #6409,  who has 10 members and 2 mentors now, keeps getting bigger. 6409 also took part in an Off-Season Tournament in November and got a Grant Award.


We can’t wait to meet this great new team at the 19th Annual Orlando Regional and to give them a great big warm Florida welcome!

 

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Thank you, State of Florida!

img_20160225_110243576This year we are extremely pleased and honored to announce that the Orlando Regional is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the State of Florida, as part of a $200,000 budget allocation for FIRST Robotics Competition in Florida.

Thanks to South Florida Congressman, George Moraitis, and Senator Chris Smith, working with FIRST Robotics Competition  Team 744, Shark Attack and with the support of FIRST in Florida personnel and representatives of the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University, every Florida FIRST Robotics Competition team will received $2000 towards their 2017 registration, with any remaining funds split between the South Florida Regional and the Orlando Regional.

“I was honored to work with FIRST Robotics in securing state funds to assist with the robotics competitions in South Florida,” said Congressman Moraitis. “Robotics is a great way for our students to experience how engineering and science can be used in a tangible while allowing them to learn and compete with teachers and other professionals in our community. I want to specifically thank Kent Stolley, Lauren Cooley and (FIRST Regional Directors) Terri Willingham and Sandra Contreras for their invaluable assistance with this year’s funding for FIRST Robotics.”

Thank you, Florida, for supporting our next generation of science and technology leaders. FIRST Robotics Competition is #MoreThanRobots; it’s the intellectual and talent pipeline of our share future.

You can read the full story behind the funding and how it was allocated here.

 

 

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Team Spotlight: Team 5816 Gra-V of Orange County, FL

Grav 3Bring on the Gra-V and meet team 5816 of Orange County, Florida!


Gra-V Robotics is a team of high school students mainly from Orange County, Florida who compete in FIRST Robotics Competition every year. We are FRC Team 5816. The team is mentored by numerous professionals in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering fields, and various other fields. FIRST Robotics Competition teaches students to brainstorm, design, program, build, and test a fully-functional robot within six weeks, in order to compete against other teams internationally.

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Team Spotlight: Team 5145 WolfBotics of Gainesville, FL

team 5145They do more than howl at the moon.  Team 5145 WolfBotics of Gainesville, FL has teeth.


FRC Team 5145 – WolfBotics, hails from Gainesville FL’s St. Francis Catholic High School. WolfBotics is a relatively new program competing in only its fourth year. Its inaugural year, they were fortunate enough to get invited to the World Championship in St Louis by winning the Rookie All-Star at that year’s regional in Orlando. During each successive year, they have improved and learned what it takes to be a competitive team, all the while dedicating themselves to helping out others and demonstrating that ‘Gracious Professionalism’!

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