13 years and counting…
Exploding Bacon Robotics, is a 4-H club for High School aged students that among other things, participates in FIRST. Our students learn engineering, computer programming, and hands-on machinery skills, as well as the problem solving, strategic thinking, time management, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills essential in any career. The goal is to inspire and support these youth members to continue on to higher education in trade schools and STEM programs in college.
2017 Houston World Championship
Chairman’s Award Finalist
Regional Chairman’s Awards
2016 Rocket City
2015 Georgia Southern
2013 South Florida
Throughout the year, Exploding Bacon students and mentors are active STEM advocates and participate in an average of 30-40 demonstrations and outreach events each year, averaging more than 1,000 student outreach hours per year. We regularly provide STEM Summer Camps and Imagery Workshops. Our three favorite programs have their own websites, check them out.
The 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Game:
FIRST POWER UP is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field. Two alliances, each composed of three robots, compete in a “king of the hill”-like game. The alliances compete for control of two switches and a center scale. Alliances earn points for each second they are in possession of their switch and/or the scale. Alliances take control of the switches and scale by placing Power Cubes (milk crates with yellow covers) into their side of the switches and/or scale to weight them down. Alliances may also trade in Power Cubes to obtain Power Ups, which can give them temporary control of a switch and/or scale, as well as provide additional points. In the last 30 seconds of the match, robots may climb the scale to earn their alliance additional points.