January and February 2018: The North Carolina FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge State Championships were held at North Carolina A&T State University. There was a total of 120 FLL teams and 36 FTC teams that participated. The three rookie FTC teams (Darden Darlings, Tech Botz, Robomatics) that were sponsored/supported by TEACHLAV participated in this event. These first-year teams still had a successful season with the assistance of TECHLAV representatives because,
- They experienced a competition season and learned what it takes to advance to the next level.
- They became familiar with the technical aspects (programming, hardware design, problem solving) of robotics.
- The coaches learned about the season schedule and how to plan activities best suited for their teams.