The FIRSTTech Challenge Illinois Championship Tournamentis an intense one day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students. The competing robots are the best robots from the FTC Qualifying Events held all around Illinois. The robots represent the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and managing project deadlines. The mentor/student interaction is integral to the FTC program. It takes a lot of hard work to develop a competitive robot, and it shows when you see them in action at the Illinois Championship Tournament.
In the competition, two alliances (red and blue) each composed of two robot teams play each other on fields that are 12' by 12' in size. Most of the day is spent on a series of Qualifying Rounds matches played between randomly generated alliance teams to determine the top four seeded individual teams. These top four individual teams will now select two other teams that they would like to join them in forming an alliance for the Elimination Rounds matches. Late Saturday afternoon starts off with the four alliances competing in the Semi-final Matches, then the Finals where two alliances will vie for the title of Winning Alliance!
Like all FIRST Tech Challenge events, the Illinois Championship Tournament is free and open to the public! If you do plan to attend, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes and bring along a pair of safety glasses so that you can visit the pit area to meet the robots and the students who built them. And remember…our team members, coaches, mentors, volunteers and Tournament staff are all very friendly and will be happy assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.
Saturday Februrary 22, 2014
Parking will be available in lots B5, A4, and D5 on IIT's campus, all of which will be less than a five minute walk away from the event venue. Lot B5 is located directly to the west of the event venue. In order to park in any of these lots, a parking permit will need to be purchased from an onsite paybox. Parking is $12 for the entire day, so carpooling is encouraged. The university does enforce parking rules on weekends, and any car not displaying a permit may be ticketed.
The event venue has several vending machines with drinks and snacks.
The event venue does not allow outside food. Registered teams can sign up to pre-order box lunches from IIT's campus catering service at the following link: http://goo.gl/YSdtWZ . These box lunches will have a sandwich, piece of fruit, bag of chips, a cookie, and a soda or a water for $10 a piece. All box lunch orders must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 17th so that IIT's campus catering service can order the necessary food. There is also Jimmy John's, Starbucks, and Miller Pizza Company a short walk from the venue, but any purchased food would need to be consumed before returning to the venue.
Wishnick Hall, an IIT Academic Building located directly across from the event venue and not subject to a catering contract, will be open to teams who brought their own lunches and are looking for a warm place to eat them. However, there is very little seating and tables available in the building, so teams planning to eat in Wishnick Hall should expect to sit on the floor while eating.
In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, IIT will be preventing access to all Wifi networks in the venue on the day of the event, meaning no Wifi access will be available.
Note: All times are subject to change. We will work hard to maintain this agenda but occassionally things happen outside our control. Please pay attention to announcements in case changes are neccessary.
|Count||Team #||Team Name||School / Organization||Location|
|1||111||Ministang||Rolling Meadows, Prospect, and Wheeling High Schools||Rolling Meadows|
|2||116||Crazy Eights||Community Based||Chicago|
|3||2923||RoboWarriors||Kankakee School District||Kankakee|
|4||3507||Robotheosis||Francis W. Parker School||Chicago|
|5||3785||Beastie Bots||Highland Park High School||Highland Park|
|6||4965||Animatores Romani||Latin School of Chicago||Chicago|
|7||5037||got robot?||Elgin Technology Center||Elgin|
|8||5085||Newton's Lawyers||The Science and Technology Education Project, NFP||O Fallon|
|9||5187||Transistor Titans||Marion High School||Marion|
|10||5199||Blockheads||Barrington High School||Barrington|
|11||5200||Robot Incorporated||Barrington High School||Barrington|
|12||5202||Try to Understand||Caterpillar||Decatur|
|13||5209||Operation: BisonBot||Fenton High School||Wood Dale|
|14||5294||What the Heck is Pi||Fox Valley Robotics||Batavia|
|15||5451||big meks||Highland Park High School||Highland Park|
|16||5452||robot to the knee||Highland Park High School||Highland Park|
|17||6007||Octopi||Motorola Solutions, Inc; Aptar||Crystal Lake|
|18||6127||IBots||Community Based||Wildwood, MO|
|19||6201||Bonzai||Barrington High School||Barrington|
|20||6203||No, We Don't||Barrington High School||Barrington|
|21||6206||Ohm's Olympians||Marion High School||Marion|
|22||6287||warbots||Deerfield High School||Deerfield|
|23||6332||Ninja Dragons||HSA McKinley Park||Chicago|
|24||6429||Wired Things||Highland Park High School||Highland Park|
|25||7007||Pink Technobots||HSA McKinley Park||Chicago|
|26||7008||Cyberwolves||HSA McKinley Park||Chicago|
|27||7030||RoboMinds||HSA McKinley Park||Chicago|
|28||7089||Cyborg Eagles||Community Based||La Grange|
|29||7129||Robo Raiders||Quest Charter Academy||Peoria|
|30||7207||M-Fusion||White Glove Cleaning||Belvidere|
|31||7317||Quest Gators||Quest Charter Academy||Peoria|
|32||7736||Vaders||Fox Valley Robotics||Batavia|
|The Motivate Award recognizes outstanding team spirit shown though costumes and outfits, team support, and other methods of standing out and raising attention. Teams that reach out to their schools and community to raise awareness of FIRST and their FTC efforts have done so in a variety of cool and inventive methods - this winner is no exception. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|Power up your prototype,
Talk to your sister team on Skype
Hats of purple, sign on a road.
The Beastie Bots get the Motivate Award
|Winner:||3785, Beastie Bots, Highland Park High School, Highland Park|
|The Connect Award is a bit different than the Motivate Award. Winners of the Connect Award have done a great deal of community outreach not only to spread the word about FIRST but specifically to include engineers, scientists, and other technology professionals into their outreach efforts. This creates connections between teams, FIRST, and the professional world that can last years beyond their participation in FTC. Connect Award winners also develop and execute plans to fund their team including clear goals and objectives - including how they can give back to their community in the future. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|Bringing FIRST to their community was CENTRAL to their mission. This team really DIGS mentoring and hosting events, And you won’t have to try to COMPREHEND why this team won.|
|Winner:||5202, Try to Understand,Caterpillar, Decatur|
|Rockwell Collins Innovate Award|
|The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award is robot specific. It celebrates teams who come up with innovate solutions to the Game Challenge that most others have overlooked. These solutions can't just look good - they've got to work... at least most of the time. Historically, some of the most innovative breakthroughs in science and technology have come when fresh thinking is applied to a known problem. This year's Rockwell Collins Innovate Award winners demonstrated that type of thinking. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|The winning team proved that innovation does not stop at printed parts.
This rookie team created complex systems that set them cleanly above the competition.
Their system of block delivery showed a masterful fusion of ideas.
|Winner:||7207, M-Fusion,White Glove Cleaning, Belvidere|
|PTC Design Award|
|We are happy that PTC has offered to sponsor the PTC Design Award. The intent of this award is to expand the challenge, inspiring teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots. These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look and feel of the robot, and how the design allows us to think of robots in new ways. The Design aspects must serve a function - but they should also differentiate the robot in a unique fashion - not an easy task with a limited set of parts and game challenge. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|This team really sold us on their one motor design.
Their clean cut attire has hints of wine.
Team 52-hundred, you just won design.
|Winner:||5200, Robots Incorporated, Barrington High School, Barrington|
|Every team at this event has had to think - hopefully a lot. The Think Award recognizes the team that has successfully thought, organized, and documented their journey from their starting point to their final design. The engineering notebook is the record of this journey. Just like in real life, teams that can document their process have the best chance at learning from it and improving on it. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|This engineering notebook showed style, design, and thought. All the work that was put into building their bot. Their well-documented journey will answer their prayers.|
|Winner:||7129, RoboRaiders, Quest Charter Academy, Peoria|
|The Inspire Award is the highest award given by FTC. The winner of the Inspire Award is automatically eligible for advancement to the next tournament level. The Inspire Award winner is the 'prototype' for what we'd like to see all teams achieve as part of the FIRST Tech Challenge. They do many of the things mentioned in the other awards. The difference is that they've tied these together in a comprehensive manner resulting in success in the competition, outreach to the community, robot design, team spirit, and engineering accomplishment. That's a tall order but we've got some great candidates for this award today. Here is what the judges had to say:|
|The team that was chosen for the Inspire Award has shown a solid effort in many areas of the competition.
They had a great design, interesting concepts and innovation.
Their efforts reflect all their hard work and the many hours spent working on this project.
After much conversation and continuous discussion, the judges are happy to announce that team 5037 Got Robot is the ultimate winner of the Inspire Award!
|Winner:||5307, got robot?, Elgin Technology Center, Elgin|
|2nd Runner Up:||7207, M-Fusion||3rd Runner Up:||5200, Robot Incorporated|
The following nine (9) teams earned their way to the 2013-2014 Northern FTC Super Regional Tournament:
|Rank||Team #||Team Name||Award||Advancing to Northern Super Regional|
|1||5307||got robot?||Inspire Award Winner||yes|
|2||3785||Beastie Bots||Winning Alliance Captain||yes|
|3||7207||M-Fusion||Inspire 2nd Place||yes|
|4||5200||Robot Incorporated||Winning Alliance, 1st team selected||yes|
|5||5200||Robot Incorporated||Inspire Award 3rd place||already qualified as Winning Alliance 1st team selected|
|6||4965||Animatores Romani||Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected||yes|
|7||7129||Robo Raiders||Think Award Winner||yes|
|8||7317||Quest Gators||Finalist Alliance Captain||yes|
|9||5202||Try to Understand||Connect Award Winner||yes|
|10||7030||RoboMinds||Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected||yes|
Teams will advance to the next level of competition in the order indicated below according to the number of spots available. In the event that the team listed has already advanced or there is no team fitting that description (as in 2nd team selected at smaller events), the advancement will continue in order.
We hope that all of you who attended the 2012 Illinois Championship Tournament at Chicago's Illinois Institue of Technology Hermann Hall on December 8, had an exciting, fun-filled and memorable time! If you missed it, we invite you will to join us in 2013!