14 years and counting…
Exploding Bacon Robotics Team 1902, is a Central Florida 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.
FIRST World Championship
2019 Chairman’s Award
2018 Gracious Professionalism
2017 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, click on the logos below to check them out.
The 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Game:
FIRST DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field. Two alliances, each composed of three robots, compete in a race to stockpile resources before an oncoming “storm”. In the first 15 seconds of gameplay, teams cannot see their robots; the robots must drive autonomously or be operated via camera. Robots place cargo (orange balls) into their cargo hubs and two three-tiered rockets on their side of the field. Cargo will fall out of the hubs and rockets if left alone, though, so robots must also obtain large panels and use them to seal holes in the cargo hubs and rockets. In the last seconds of the match, robots can climb up a multi-tiered set of steps to gain additional points.