Tesla Robotics League

Central Florida league
 covering Orange, Lake, 
Osceola, and Sumter Counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” 

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach. 

Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

2015-2016 FIRST Tech Challenge Game

FIRST Tech Challenge has a new game each year based on a sports model. This years game is Res-Q.


FIRST has robotics programs for ages 6-18. Information on the complete Family of FIRST programs can be found at firstinspires.org.

Florida's FTC League Play

Florida FTC teams are assigned to groups of teams, called Leagues.  Teams will compete at several of their own League Meets and their League Championship.  The team’s win-loss-tie record, judging scores, and a judged team-created video determines each team’s state ranking.  

The twenty-four top ranked teams that submitted a team-created video for judging, and attended one or more Meets and a League Championship earn invitations to the Florida Championship.  

The Florida FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program piloted a League Play tournament system for FIRST during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons with leagues being comprised of 8 to 16 teams each. 

FIRST Tech Challenge has seen significant growth in Florida resulting in more leagues and an increased league size. This, 2015-2016, is the forth year of the League Play format.  For the 2015-2016 season, the goal is to have 7-8 leagues with 18-28 teams each.

  1. Northeast Florida League
  2. Palm Beach League
  3. Pinellas County League
  4. Robotics Organized Builders of Tampa (ROBOT) League
  5. South Florida League of Unstoppable Gatorbots
  6. Space Coast League
  7. Tesla Robotics League

Florida Resources

Follow Florida FTC at:

Visit FIRST in Florida at FIRSTFL.org for more information and resources about FIRST statewide.

Florida's Leagues

2015-2016 Res-Q

totals as of 10/26,  158 registered teams

  • North East Florida League – teams from Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, and the Florida panhandle counties.  - 34
  • Pinellas County League – teams from Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties.  - 21
  • Robotics Organized Builders of Tampa (ROBOT) League   – teams from Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando Citrus, Hardee and Highlands counties. - 19
  • South Florida League of Unstoppable Gatorbots  – teams from Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier, and Monroe counties. – teams from Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier, and Monroe counties. - 18
  • Palm Beach League – teams from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.  - 28
  • Space Coast League  – teams located in Brevard and Seminole counties. - 18
  • Tesla Robotics League  – teams from Orange, Lake, Osceola and Sumter counties. - 24

2014-2015 Cascade Effect

  • Jacksonville - 14 teams
  • Pinellas - 25 teams
  • Robotics Organized Builders of Tampa (ROBOT) League (Hillsborough) - 23
  • South Florida League of Unstoppable Gatorbots (Miami/Ft Lauderdale) - 35 teams
  • SWFL Robotics League -inactive moved to  Pinellas for 2014 season
  • Tesla Robotics League - 34 teams (plus 1 more in TIMS)
  • unknown league - 8113 - 1 teams

TOTAL FLORIDA TEAMS - 143 in 2014-2015

2013-2014 Block Party

TOTAL FLORIDA TEAMS - 116 in 2013-2014

2015-2016 Tesla Resources

  • Tesla Robotics League Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTC.CentralFlorida/

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