Hadron Knights, Team 12600, will be participating in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in the 2020-2021 season. In our rookie year were one of the top teams in our league and we went all the way to states. The team is based in Tampa, FL. Hadron Knights FTC robotics team is also affiliated to King High Robotics Booster Club and a sister team of Torque FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) robotics team at King High School in Tampa FL.
Most of us have prior experience with FIRST, especially with FIRST LEGO League program. So we continue the FIRST Progression of Program not only to continue to learn valuable life skills but also to give back our community and share our experience with kids following us.
Why did we call ourselves Hadron Knights?
Hadrons, if we’re looking at dictionary definitions, are any of the subatomic particles that are made up of quarks and subject to strong force. Like hadron particles, our team is held together by a strong peer-to-peer interaction. We collaborate as a group and can withstand even the toughest of situations, just like how individual quarks in hadrons are never observed isolated, but always found in groups. Team 12600, Hadron Knights, is a team of middle and high schoolers whose passion for robotics has led us to FIRST. Even though we’re a relatively new team, we understand the importance of giving back to our community and are always looking for ways to contribute to the community. Just like knights, we follow core values that help us function efficiently. We hope to encourage and inspire students to get into STEM and robotics. This year we are also looking forward to learning a great deal from our coaches, mentors, judges and other teams.
In FTC, middle and high school students design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format against other teams. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, team members develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Students learn and employ many skills they already have and may acquire as part of FTC experience, like programming, engineering design, CAD tools like PTC Creo, Autodesk Inventor, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and much more.
The FTC season starts in May when teams generally form and registration opens. Season kick-off is in early September when the season's game is announced. The design and build season runs from September to January. Tournament season varies by region and can begin as early as October and continues through April.
Throughout the FTC season, students experience:
Design, build, program and control robots
Develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
Apply real-world math, science and engineering concepts
Learn and apply engineering and design principles
Learn and apply engineering design method
Develop organization, and team-building skills
Develop communications and presentation skills
Develop budget planning and finance skills
Friendly competition and cooperate, with Gracious Professionalism, with the alliance partner in tournaments
Earn a place to represent a city, a state, or a country in the World Championship to participate with students from all over the US and the globe
Last but not the least, we believe in competing and winning against no one but against ourselves to get better with every match, every tournament, and every season.