It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards.
Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.
The Mobile Robotics VMX/Titan Workshop Kit is used in the classroom for teaching, testing and doing research in Autonomous Mobile Robotics. It also includes each of the essential components referenced in the WorldSkills Mobile Robotics training material.
The Studica VMX leverages five recent key technology developments,
Highly-integrated, inexpensive, WiFi-enabled, multi-core Linux computing platform with lots of USB IO for expansion
32-bit ARM Microcontrollers incorporating sophisticated I/O and digital communications engines
Low-cost MEMs Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)
Powerful software providing rich libraries and tools for developing robot software in C++, Java
CAN bus for high-speed, real-time communication between devices
The Studica VMX Technology Enables,
Far richer development environments and tools
Because VMX is much more than a robot controller – it is a powerful, Linux-based desktop computing platform with network/monitor/keyboard/mouse support.
Very powerful software features
State-of-the-art software development GUIs (e.g., VS Code) libraries and tools (drive- train kinematics, path-planning, vision processing, autonomous navigation, performance data acquisition/playback)
Access to cutting-edge sensors (for use outside the competition)
VMX’s multitude of modern digital communications interfaces and Linux-based operating system allow users to directly access most modern devices (e.g., Intel RealSense tracking and depth cameras and LIDAR
The FTC Drive Base Kit v2 (70400-v2) is available for FIRST teams only and is fully FIRST legal. This is an upgrade from our first version (part # 70400). It includes our new slim mecanum wheels with bearings on all rollers, allowing you to make a wider base robot. It also has 4 NeveRest Orbital 20 Gearmotors with wires, our new Clamping Shaft Hubs, 4 bumpers and more hardware.