FIRST Robotics Team 1557-12 Volt Bolt from Eustis joined other high school youths from all around Florida on October 7 and 8, at the USF Sun Dome Arena in Tampa for a full-scale FIRST Robotics Competition at ROBOTICON 2017.

In a race against time and other student-built robots, Team 1557’s robot challenge was to run an autonomous program that dropped off a gear, then a driver continued picking up and dropping off gears at an airship. The challenge culminated with a 30-second rope climb. The team performed these tasks all while contending with some radio communication problems which their programmers worked to repair in the pit between matches.

Placing 22 out of 30 robots, it was truly a “play to learn” experience. Lead Mentor, Mark Vitek, said, “Everyone had fun, lessons were learned, and now we begin our work leading to Orlando in March.” (

Team 1557 returns to their clubhouse in Eustis at 211 N. Grove Street, where they meet every Thursday from 6 pm until 8 pm, excited about the video teaser they have received for the next robotics season.  All high school-aged students are welcome to join the team.

Building and programming robots are not the only aspects of what the team has to offer since FIRST Robotics provides hands-on experience in graphic arts, communications, web design, team spirit, community outreach, and marketing. There is something for everyone on a robotics team! Learn more about FRC Team 1557-12 Volt Bolt at

FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to use robot challenges to build science and technology skills. Learn more about FIRST at

FRC Robotics Team 12 Volt Bolt thanks our current sponsors: Mount Dora Community Trust, Charles B and Mary M McLin Foundation, Society of Women Engineers, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Lake County Schools, Acieta, Publix Charities, Henn-House Printing, Bronson Ace Hardware, The Villages, Tervo Systems, Anthem, and Seams Like Old Times.