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Beak Squad Robotics - US 7-8

Grade Levels: 7-8
Purpose: The FIRST Robotics program is a unique experience that exposes students to not only engineering, designing, building and programming, but also to marketing, brand identities, website development, publicity, and more! FTC provides students with real-world engineering challenges in a unique team setting to learn collaboration and problem solving as well as design and programming skills. Student teams design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Teams, including coaches and mentors, develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. It’s “More Than Robots”!

July:  FTC Robotics Camp - Learn basic programming and construction skills, solidify understanding of the engineering design process, and participate in outreach events.  (Like athletics, students who attend summer camp will be better equipped to play significant roles during competition season.)

Summer: Team Building and Outreach Events for interested students

August-March: FTC Robotics Competition Team
Practice Schedule:

FTC Robotics Competition Team
Mondays & Thursdays – 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - work sessions
Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - team meetings

  • Practice dates and times will vary based on team role. Most team members attend two days per week – one work session + weekly team meeting.
  • Additional practice time is required to prepare for competitions.
  • Check TeamSnap for current meeting info.
Practice Location:

Founders' Campus Innovation Space and other sites determined by team coaches

Competition Schedule: Regional competitions:  2 weekends in December, January, and/or February
Championship Tournaments for qualifying teams: February and/or March
Cost and Anticipated # of Students: FTC Robotics Camp:
  • $250
  • 20 students
FTC Robotics Competition Team:
  • $300
  • FIRST limits team to 15 members; competition team members will be determined based on participation, initiative, and contributions during the pre-season.
Expected Parent Involvement: Parent/mentor support is welcomed to ensure success!  No previous experience is needed, just an interest in participating!
  • Competition team members are expected to participate in all aspects of the program
  • Find more information at OHIO FTC and FIRST Inspires
  • Many area high schools have FTC teams so we compete against 7-12 graders
Coach / Contact Info:
Hope Manning, Parent
Important Dates:

08/18/23 - Online Registration opens
08/19/23 - Competition Team meetings begin

10/01/23 at 11:59 p.m. - Competition Team registration closes

July 2024: - FTC Robotics Camp  REGISTER WITH CHCA

Mentors work with team members to develop robot design and programming.

Building robots is a hands-on challenge!

Team brainstorms ideas for improving our robot mechanisms.

Fine tuning the mechanisms –patience and persistence required!

Testing the firing mechanism for distance and accuracy.

FTC 9952 Team Members (2020-2021)

See how FIRST is designed to develop your child … we hope you’ll join us for the journey!