Even though we’ve all been busy with projects and camps, we’re still happy to get the word out about FIRST Robotics! Last year, Team Brick Buddies was the only official FTC team in Pasco County and it’s getting a little lonely. We do have Smoke & Mirrors and Duct Tape nearby, but it would be nice if the school system got on the bandwagon in our area. While FIRST is about competitive robots, we are a pretty collaborative and friendly group. Last season, we helped schools in the area get three First LEGO League teams off the ground. This year, we hope to give a few FTC teams a start! Our first stop was to visit our new friends at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School who are hoping to be the first school in the county to field a team. Team members from Brick Buddies shared their robot and experiences as a rookie team. They talked first-hand about learning the Tetrix building system and RobotC programming. We told them about the Game, the season schedule, how to form a team, budgets and most importantly, all the great resources in our region!