E&R Unit 9: LHS FTC Competition

Lathrop FTC Robotics Competition


Now that we’ve spent some time building FTC robots that can run autonomously, as well as a unit working on getting robots moving through driver controls, it’s time to put our plans into action!  This next unit will give you and your team time to finish putting together all the parts of your robot for the Lathrop FTC Robotics Competition!  This competition will involve:

  • Following the 2017-2018 FTC Robotics Game: Relic Recovery
  • 30 Second Autonomus rounds followed by 120 second Driver-Controlled rounds
  • Round robin competition followed by bracketed show-down

By now, you and your team know how the process works: pick a challenge to tackle, brainstorm solutions, build a prototype and write the program, test and evaluate and fix until it works reliably. Your team will get the freedom to build and improve your robot with the following goals in mind:

  1. Work with your team to improve upon your FTC robot, adding ways that you can score in autonomous and in driver controlled periods.  Get your robot scoring as high as possible and as reliably as possible!
  2. Compete in the Lathrop FTC Robotics Competition!

When your team is all finished, you should be able to demonstrate that you’ve implemented the engineering design process throughout the creation of your robot!


(50 pts) About 5 days

The main part of this unit is building (and possibly rebuilding) your robot.  You have all the parts and pieces you need, as well as plenty of knowledge about our lab and the tools available.  Now, your job is to work with your team and make one last push at building the best FTC robot at Lathrop!


(20 pts) About 3 days

The competition will include each team competing in 5 matches over the course of 3 class periods. You and your team can build and fix your robot in between matches, but it needs to be working and ready to go when your match is scheduled.  The teams with the highest cumulative points after 5 matches will be our class winners and might get to compete against winners from other classes.

Part 1: Design & Build

Work with your team to build the winning robot

FTC Game Scoring Overview

This is our big chance to make our FTC robots do some awesome stuff.  Over the year you’ve had the opportunity to make your robot do simple autonomous tasks.  Most recently, your team built a robot that could be controlled by a driver with a remote control.  Now you get to combine the ideas and improve upon your previous designs.  Work with your team to build the best competitive robot you can!


Think and plan with your team!  Decide which autonomous and which driver controlled tasks you want to try and accomplish in competition.  What’s your strategy?

Work with your team to build a reliable winning robot

 Record your team’s progress – success, failures, changes, ideas – every day in your engineering notebook

 Keep Mr. Benshoof up-to-date on your progress

FTC Game Animation

Robot Design Ideas

Example Practice Match

What’s Due In Part 1: Design & Build

  • Build Your Robot
  • Daily Journal
  • Update Mr. Benshoof

Here’s what’s due in Part 1: Design & Build

  1.  Build an awesome robot
  2.  Daily journal  in your engineering notebook of your team’s progress
  3.  Keep Mr. Benshoof up-to-date on your progress

Part 2: Competition

Compete with and against other robots to see which one is the best

FTC Game Animation

With your robot all ready to go, it’s time to compete!  We’ll have a round robin format in class, where each team gets to compete on an alliance with every other team at least once.  We’ll compete for three class periods, and at the end the team with the highest number of combined points will be named our class champion.  If time allows, we’ll have the class champions from every class period compete to determine an overall winning alliance!


 Compete in the LHS FTC Robotics Competition with your team.  Make sure your robot is ready to compete for every one of your scheduled matches.

 Complete the post-competition reflection in your engineering notebook.

 Have Mr. Benshoof Check-off your reflection.

What’s Due In Part 2: Competition

  • Compete With Your Robot
  • Robot Reflection
  • Mr. Benshoof’s Confirmation

Here’s what’s due in Part 2: Competition

  1. Compete with your robot, having it ready to go for all your matches
  2. Complete the post-competition reflection in your engineering notebook
  3. Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your competition involvement and your reflection

Double Check: Unit Expectations

Check what you need to have completed by the unit deadline

The purpose of this unit is

Engineering Notebook:

(Part 1) You should have a daily journal of your robot team’s progress written in your engineering notebook.

(Part 2) You should have written your Post-Competition Reflection in your engineering notebook.


Building & Making:

(Part 1) Your robot should be able to drive in both autonomous mode and in driver-controlled mode.  It should be able to score some points.

(Part 2) Your team should compete with your robot in all of your scheduled matches!

Benshoof Checkpoints:

(Part 1) You should keep Mr. Benshoof up-to-date on your robot progress.

(Part 2) Mr. Benshoof will confirm that you’re competing in all your matches, and will review your reflection.