The FTC Season begins with the Kick-off and Game Reveal where the team gathers to play a few ice-breakers before we learn the new FTC game and begin to strategize its important aspects. We then enter the Build Season, where we hold regular meetings where we design (and redesign), build (and rebuild), wire (and rewire), program (and reprogram), troubleshoot, and practice with the robot. During the Build Season, students create an Engineering Notebook that illustrates the robot’s design, programming, electronics and evolving concepts.
Right before the end of Build Season, GearCats attend a Scrimmage (or mock-competition). Scrimmages are great opportunities to see how the robot might perform when playing the game with other robots in a low stress environment. They give students a chance to make changes, get driving practice, and repair the robot.
Once the Build Season comes to an end, we enter Competition Season, where the GearCats robot competes head-to-head against other teams’ robots. GearCats students can drive the robot in matches, service it in the Pits, and take detailed notes on competing robots. GearCats compete at the Regional level, and if we do well enough, we can advance to the State competition, or World championship.
Build-Season Dates (Sep-Dec) Meeting Dates and Location
Fridays 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sundays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Clague Middle School Room 120
2616 Nixon Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Competition Dates (Nov - Dec)
November 11, 2023
Forsythe Middle School
1655 Newport Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103