For almost four years, Beyond Design has been a sponsor of the Lane Tech Robotics program. As one of their oldest sponsors, we helped X Machina get to seven FTC level State Championships and two FRC level World Championships. Pretty impressive! And we’re super excited to share this amazing partnership. As designers and engineers, we love mentoring and helping out students when we can. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to be a part of building robots with high school students?
Lane Tech High School has very competitive robotics teams that participates in the FIRST Robotics program. Their intermediate level teams compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge, or FTC as some know it to be. Games are played on a 12′ x 12′ field with a four robots in the arena at the same time. Two of the robots make up the Red Alliance and compete against the other two make up the Blue Alliance. Individual matches last about 3 minutes and Alliances change based on random selection for each match. The competition game and rules change each year and the season runs from September through December.
The advanced team is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC. At this level, students build industrial grade robots that compete on a 27′ x 54′ field. FRC robots can get up to 7 feet tall and often weigh around 150 lbs. Students only have 6 weeks to design, build and program these robots. Just like FTC, the competitions change every year and teams from around the world learn what the competition will be on the same day at the same time.