Chicago Math and Science Academy Qualifying Tournament

Event Information


Saturday January 24, 2015


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Chicago Math and Science Academy
7212 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626

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Registration for this event is now closed.


Parking will be available in the school parking lot on the North side of the Academy. The entrance to the building is by the parking lot.


The event venue has several vending machines with drinks and snacks.


For breakfast, lunch and as refreshments there will be various food items as well as pizza for sale in the cafeteria.


There are a number of hotels within a few miles of the Chicago Math and Science Academy.


There will be open public wireless internet access for your convenience, however we cannot promise it will work flawlessly. For your presentations please make sure you have all your required materials and media with you. In order to reduce the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, we are asking you to limit your access to all Wifi networks in the venue on the day of the event.


7:00 am Doors Open
Team Registration Begins
8:00 am

Registration Closes,
Hardware and Software Inspection, Judging Begins

10:00 am Judging and Inspections End
Opening Ceremonies Begin
10:30 am Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
3:30 pm Alliance Selection
4:00 pm Start Elimination Matches
6:00 pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies
6:30 pm Event Complete

Note: All times are subject to change. We will work hard to maintain this agenda but occasionally things happen outside our control. Please pay attention to announcements in case changes are necessary.

Registration Information


# Team # Team Name Location
1 3507 Robotheosis Chicago
2 4337 DeVry Daemons Chicago
3 4965 Animatores Romani Chicago
4 5037 got robot? Elgin
5 5072 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Lake Forest
6 5495 Iron Eagles Lake Villa
7 7284 GadsHill Center Chicago
8 7301 Tiger Robotics Wheaton
9 7738 Vaders Batavia
10 8685 Boone County 4-H Techno Tamarins Belvidere
11 8770 TATDYLF Schaumburg
12 8873 Advantage robotics Kildeer
13 8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin
14 9003 Oakdale Christian Academy Chicago
15 9239 WoW (Wise Owl Warriors) Rockford
16 9379 Evanston Robotics Evanston
17 9388 Byte of Pi Batavia
18 9410 RoboGalactic Corp. Chicago
19 9506 Quadratic Crushers Heyworth

Tournament Results:

Competition Results:

Winning Alliance
Captain: 8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin, IL
1st Selected: 5037 got robot? Elgin, IL
Finalist Alliance
Captain: 7738 Vaders Batavia, IL
1st Selected: 4965 Animatores Romani Chicago, IL


Judged Awards:

Motivate Award
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:
This team may be young, but they’ve got some big ideas.  They may be a rookie team, but they’re techno-fabulous.  They may also monkey around, but they work collaboratively towards success.  The motivate award goes to:
Winner: 8685, Techno Tamarins, Belvidere, IL 
Connect Award
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:
This team’s outreach efforts have shown that nothing is impossible.  These community warriors are not afraidof a little grease. After all, many long days and nights have made them wiser.  The connect award goes to:
Winner: 9239, Wise Owl Warriors, Rockford, IL
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 winner of this category goes to a team of great inno-vaders. This team’s robot was not only creative,  but also displayed a very competitive force.  Only one quote summarizes their performance: I am your father! The innovate award goes to team 7738, the Vaders!
Winner: 7738, Vaders, Batavia, IL 
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 came from brutal battlefields through beautiful architecture that has withstood Chicago’s test of time.They decide to cut their design before the Cascade Effect Challenge.Since its creation, this team continues to make great strides towards achieving gracious professionalism – Veni, Vidi, Vici!  The winner ofthe PTC Design Award is:
Winner: 4965, Animatores Romani, Chicago, IL 
Highest Ranked Rookie Award
Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
Winner: 8907, Blue Box Bots, Elgin, IL 
Dean's List Semi Finalists
Winners:  Christopher Laker and Robert Russell from 5037, got robot?, Elgin, IL
Think Award
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:
Making their opponents green with envy, this team scrapes their way to the top. Do you think you got game? You think you got style? You think you got game? Well this team definitely got a robot!
Winner:  5037, got robot?, Elgin, IL 
Inspire Award
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:

 This team was above and beyond in community service and outreach. When it comes to their performance, they entered the field with a roar!  This team truly deserves this award because THEYYYYY’RRRRE GREAT! (tony the tiger).

Winner: 7301, Tiger Robotics, Wheaton, IL  
2nd Runner Up: 5037, got robot?, Elgin, IL 3rd Runner Up: 7738, Vaders, Batavia, IL

Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

Rank Team # Team Name Award Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament
1 7006 Robotitans Qualifier Host Team yes
2 7301 Tiger Robotics
Inspire Award Winner yes
3 8907 Blue Box Bots Winning Alliance Captain yes
Check here to review the advancement criteria for Cascade Effect. A minimum of three (3) teams shall advance from each Qualifier to the State Championship. The number of teams advancing from each Qualifier and the League Championship to the State Championship is based on the number of teams competing at each event. Qualifiers with a greater number of teams will advance more teams. Until the actual number of teams at each event is verified, allocation of extra slots will not be determined.
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