Established in 2004, Middleton Robotics is an extracurricular activity of Middleton Magnet High School in Tampa, FL. Although based at Middleton, we currently have members from 3 other high schools and home school students . Middleton robotics fields 4 competitive robotics teams in 3 separate programs: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC), and VEX Robotics Competition.
“Middleton Robotics exists to inspire ours and future generations to become excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and VEX Robotics programs.” This mission statement has set us on the path to encouraging growth in the community while at the same time instilling a sense of being and accomplishment in our current and future students.
“To foster all FIRST, VEX, and other educational robotics relationships and growth of teams in the Hillsborough County School District.” We will become the premiere robotics program in the Tampa Bay area and also one of the premier programs in the nation. We have a solid strategic vision of what we want to accomplish. At Middleton we strongly believe that what we learn is much more important than what we win. We do want to win and will apply all our resources towards those goals. However, we define success by how much we give back and how many of our students continue their education after high school. For us, successful future students go a long way, farther than trophies in a cabinet, and we believe our current Middleton students will all be successful in their future endeavors.
- Inspire students about technology, math & science
- Prepare students for leadership roles
- Promote the ideals of FIRST
- Increase community and state awareness of science and technology education opportunities
- Promote teamwork skills
- Introduce students to positive role models
- Boost the level of competition in FIRST by providing technical assistance and organizational mentoring to any FIRST team
These goals remain constant for each year.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization which uses competitive robotics as a vehicle for promoting science & technology. FIRST allows high school students to work side by side with professional mentors to learn skills ranging from engineering to marketing, animation and business. Learn more..
VEX is a mid-level robotics competition targeted toward high-school aged students. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The game challenge is different every year, and as such, many aspects change year-to-year. Learn more..