FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics CompetitionSunlake Robotics Academy


This year, FACTS is team­ing up with the Robot­ics Acad­e­my at Sun­lake High School in Land O’ Lakes, FL to men­tor and aid Sea­hawk Met­al in the FIRST Robot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion. This team is com­posed of a group of stu­dents that are inter­est­ed in robot­ics and get­ting real world expe­ri­ence in engi­neer­ing. These stu­dents are enter­ing into a rig­or­ous com­pe­ti­tion with strict rules, very lim­it­ed resources as well as a crunched time lim­it to source, build and pro­gram indus­tri­al-sized robots that will com­pete in a chal­leng­ing field game against oth­er high school teams.

This year’s 2017 FIRST Robot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion game is inspired by the era of steam tech­nol­o­gy. Check out the videos below to learn more about FIRST Robot­ics and this year’s com­pe­ti­tion!



The Sun­lake Robot­ics Team, Sea­hawk Met­al, did fan­tas­tic in their rook­ie FIRST Robot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion!! On March 10, 2017, Sea­hawk Met­al, along with some of our FACTS Team mem­bers, trav­eled to Orlan­do to com­pete against 62 oth­er teams. Most teams were from high schools through­out Flori­da, but there were also sev­er­al from out of state and even 4 inter­na­tion­al teams!

Our guys did real­ly well and over­came some pret­ty tough chal­lenges between match­es to keep their robot per­form­ing well. They won 3 of their 8 match­es and fin­ished 43rd out of 63 teams. They end­ed up receiv­ing the 2017 High­est Rook­ie Seed Award, Orlan­do Region­al, which cel­e­brates the high­est-seed­ed rook­ie team at the con­clu­sion of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion rounds.  

FACTS is look­ing for­ward to men­tor­ing the hard­work­ing group of young indi­vid­u­als that make up the Sun­Lake Robot­ics Team dur­ing next years event! If you want to keep up to date their team’s events and progress, fol­low them here!

Con­grat­u­la­tions Sea­hawks!