History

In 2010, we moved into FIRST Tech Challenge after 2 successful years of FIRST LEGO League competition.   We were the first team in our area – with no other teams within a 50 mile radius. Since then, we pushed to have FTC qualifiers in Utica and hosted all area events for 2 seasons, leading the way for other teams to follow.  We went back to the World Championship for the 3rd and last time in April 2016. Once again, the team ended their season as finalists for some pretty substantial awards (Think, Connect & Promote).   We returned home with even more contacts and a wealth of information to help other teams succeed.

 We continue to share what we’ve learned and help through mentoring, demos, and workshops. We remain a part of a great group of friends who grew up in FIRST!

FTC Season Participation

RoboSpartans champion robots

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      FIRST_ResQFNL   2015-2016       cascade effect 2014-2015
LOGO 2013-2014  2013-2014  ring-it-up-Hi-Res-3D copy  2012-2013
Bowled-Over-Logo_SM_Small  2011-2012
 get-over-it-logo  2010-2011

FLL Season Participation

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2009-2010                    2008-2009

The RoboSpartans’ Legacy 

  • First CNY/Mohawk Valley team to compete in FIRST Tech Challenge (2010)
  • Only area FTC team to consistently document 1000+ outreach hours annually (through 2016)
  • First & only area team to compete at an FTC World Championship (2013, ’15 & ’16) and we were Awards Finalists every time!
    • 2016 World Championship Think Award Finalist
    • 2016 World Championship Connect Award Finalist
    • 2016 World Championship Promote Award Finalist
    • 2015 World Championship Inspire Award Finalist Trophy
    • 2015 World Championship Connect Award Finalist
    • 2013 World Championship Inspire Award Finalist
    • 2013 World Championship Think Award Finalist
    • 2013 World Championship Connect Award Finalist
  • 1 Dean’s List Finalist (2015) & 3 Dean’s List Semi-Finalists (2015 & 2016)
  • 1st FTC Team to organize an e-NABLE prosthetic hand Assembly Event (20+ teams)
  • established as local e-NABLE contacts & certified hand producer (2014)
  • First area team chosen to attend a Super Regional Championship (2014)
    • competed 3 consecutive seasons
  • First area team to host scrimmages for CNY teams (2012)
  • First area team to host a PTC Workshop for CNY teams
  • First area team to have competed in 4 states/5 Regions:  NY, PA, CT & VT
  • First area team to host Intro to FLL Workshops for regional teams
  • First area team to host a qualifying tournament (2 seasons – 2013 & 2014)
  • 5 year hosts & initiators of the area’s FTC Kick-Off  (2011-2015)
  • Introduced 3D Printing Systems to FIRST Tech Challenge in March 2013
  • 6 year host of FTC demo at the Mohawk Valley Tech Ed Showcase (2010-2015)
  • 4 year host of robotics demo at MVEEC Awards Banquet Showcase (2010-2014)
    • honored annually – 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Creators of SUNY Poly FLL 1/2 day workshops & mentoring by FTC teams (2010)
  • FLL Qualifier & Championship Volunteers (2010- 2013)
  • Established CNY+: Central New York FTC Team Consortium for local teams (2012)
  • Established FTC TEC 1500  – Team Engineering Collaborative (2013)
  • Established  FTC TEC Network (2014) with 150+ teams from 8 countries
  • First area FLL Team to compete at a US Open Invitational Championship
    • 2009 US Open Championship Rising Star Award Winner
  • First area FLL Team to compete at the World Festival (2010)
  • First area team to be chosen as a Core Values Ambassador Team (2010)
  • Assisted and mentored over 2 dozen teams since 2009