FIRST Educational Robotics Workshops & Competitions

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international youth organization that operates all FIRST programs.

GTFC supports all initiatives to set up FIRST Robotics teams in Limpopo covering the following categories:

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Discover for Ages 4-6

This is a playful introductory STEM program that instigates natural curiosity and builds habits of learning. The program helps children to gain more confidence, get better equipped to face the challenges of the future while they enjoy learning. The program builds a bridge between the real world, STEM skills, language and literacy. The children work in teams and use LEGO parts to build solutions to the challenges given while celebrating discovery and teamwork.GTCF provides FLL Discovery Workshops.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Explore for Ages 6-10

Here children explore the real world challenges while learning how to design, code and create a solution. At a local school in Tzaneen, children had fun trying out some coding skills. The program helps to develop talent at very young age. We provide workshops for both the teachers and learners.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Challenge for Ages 9-16

Participating learners undertake research and build robots to carry out specified missions using LEGO parts. The teams program the robots to navigate missions of a robot game, and take part in a friendly competition where they demonstrate not only their technical skills, but also their understanding of FIRST Robotics gracious professionalism values. We provide workshops to teams over a period ranging from one week to three weeks depending on the needs of the teams. Since 2018, the GTCF has supported schools in all the 5 x districts of Limpopo.

FIRST TECH CHALLENGE (FTC) for Ages 14 - 18

The program challenges learners to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. The learners develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The teams use a variety of programming languages, including Java.GTCF supports efforts to set up FTC teams.

3D PRINTING

3D printing enables additive manufacturing which involves the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model or a digital 3D model. Additive Manufacturing (AM) reduces energy consumption and enables more environmentally friendly practices. It can be applied to various fields including construction, prosthetic limbs, dentistry, beauty, ornaments, arts, auto-body parts, drones and robotics products generally. The first GTCF 3D printing workshop was conducted in 2019 by the robotics team Quad x 6299, as part of the inaugural FTC Camp. GTCF offers 3D Printing workshops.

FLL Robotics Competition Hosting

The GTCF is the Limpopo provincial manager for FIRST Robotics in South Africa. The inaugural Limpopo FLL Competition was organized by GTCF at the University of Limpopo on 20 August 2022 and 25 teams took part.