TAMPA, FL - On October 8 & 9, 2016, over 850 students from around Tampa Bay, Florida and – this year, China! - will descend on the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena to learn while they play at ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. At the event, guests will be able to enjoy this exciting Sport for the Mind that FIRST youth robotics offers absolutely free. ROBOTICON runs from 10am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. See the full team list.
With generous support from University of South Florida, Hillsborough County, USF Connect and the Florida High Tech Corridor, the Doolittle Institute, SOFWERX, University Mall, AgileThought, Cogmation Virtual Robotics Toolkit, and Cigar City Multirotors, and others, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay provides FIRST students and guests opportunities to enjoy:
• High energy, full-scale FIRST Stronghold off-season FIRST Robotics Competition event featuring 120 lb. student-built robots playing a fast-paced castle defense game
• FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage and build day for middle & high school teams
• FIRST LEGO League scrimmage and training for elementary & middle school teams
• FIRST LEGO League Jr. mini-Expo for early elementary teams
• Workshops for all programs, provided by teams, alumni, business and tech professionals, as well as public sessions
• Statewide STEAM Educators Conference & Workshops
• Young Women in STEM event
• ROBOTICON Challenge Awards
• Innovation Fair with college and career exhibits
Guests will be able to watch the FIRST Stronghold competition, tour Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and have a chance to talk to students, visit the Innovation Fair to enjoy STEM demos, vendors and organizations, enjoy tours of the University of South Florida, and learn more about technical, math and science career and college opportunities
Tickets can be secured at no cost online at EventBrite. ROBOTICON Is still seeking community sponsors to help cover event production expenses, and invites the Tampa Bay professional, tech and business community to take an active role in helping support our next generation of science and technology leaders.