Chicago Francis Parker Qualifying Tournament

Event Information


Saturday December 13, 2014


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Francis W Parker School
330 W Webster Ave,
Chicago, IL

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Registration for this event is now closed.


There is a small parking lot for about 50 cars. Otherwise parking will be available on the streets around the campus.


Arrangements are still being finalized, Check back later for more information.

Lunch Arrangements:

Registered teams can sign up to pre-order box lunches or you can try any of the local restaurants found nearby.


There are a number of hotels within a few miles of Quest Academy.


In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, Francis Parker School will be preventing access to all Wifi networks in the venue on the day of the event to limit possible interference, meaning no Wifi access will be available.


7:00 am Volunteers Arrive
7:30 am Teams Arrive
 Pits and Team Registration Opens
8:00 am

Registration Closes,
Hardware and Software Inspection, Judging Begins

10:30 am Judging and Inspections End
10:35 am Drivers/Coaches Meeting
11:00 am Opening Ceremonies
11:30 am Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
3:15 pm Alliance Selection
3:30 pm Start Elimination Matches
5:00 pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies
5:30 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
116 Crazy Eights Chicago
3758 Juarez Aztec Eagles Chicago
4965 Animatores Romani Chicago
5037 got robot? Elgin
5058 Blocktimus Prime Barrington
5928 Turing Machines Chicago
6198 Mechanicalicious Aardvarks Barrington
6203 No, We Don't Barrington
6459 Macrobots Chicago
7016 Robo Wildcats Country Club Hills
7116 Robotic Wildcats Country Club Hills
7286 XX-GEMS Chicago
7737 Technical Difficulties Batavia
7738 Vaders Batavia
7846 Rockin' Robots Barrington
8728 Wolcott High School Chicago
8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin
9003 Oakdale Christian Academy Chicago
9017 Techno Wildcats Country Club Hills
9150 Dragon Droids Chicago
9151 Neon Fyre Chicago
9342 The Incredibots Romeoville
9365 Team Flexo Romeoville
9388 Byte of Pi Batavia

Tournament Results:

Competition Results:

Winning Alliance
Captain: 5037 got robot? Elgin, IL
1st Selected: 8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin, IL
Finalist Alliance
Captain: 4965 Animatores Romani Chicago, IL
1st Selected: 9150 Dragon Droids 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:
These little fish in a big pond have impressed their competition. Thy clawed their way to the top of their award. Artificial intelligence will tell you that the Motivate award goes to:
Winner: 5928, Turing Machines, Chicago, 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:
Even while building their robot, they found time for community outreach and to attend local events to promote first. They've dealt with setbacks but persevered. It was in the CARDS that the Connect Award would go to
Winner: 116, Crazy Eights, Chicago, 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:
This SHARP team stayed on their toes and saw through their opponents' strategies. Their innovative defense caused DIFFICULTIES for other teams. A collection of HIGH-TECH team members adapted their programming on the fly.
Winner: 7737, Technical Difficulties, 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 thought BIG when planning their robot design. Their scaling manipolkator LIFTED their team to new heights. This northside team wears their hometown flag with pride.
Winner: 6459, Macrobots, Chicago, IL 
Judges' Award for Youthful Creativity
The Judges Award is given at the discretion of the Judges to a Team they have encountered whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet the Team does not fit into any of the existing Award categories. Here is what the judges had to say:
The judges' award recognizes a RESOURCEFUL team of PASSIONATE students. Their robot ROARED like a WILDCAT on the field today. These pink ladies have bright futures as they are not yet in high school. The judges' award goes to:
Winner: 9017, Techno Wildcats, Country Club Hills, IL
Highest Ranked Rookie Award
Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
Winner: 9017, Techno Wildcats, Country Club Hills, IL 
Best All Around Rookie Award
They are first time participants in this competition. Their robot did pretty great, even though their opponents were tough. I'm sure this team knows WHO they are and the best all around rookie award goes to team
Winner: 8907, Blue Box Bots, 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:
With such a competitive field any team may THINK they have won this award. One team OF ATHLETES passed their notebook back and forth with GRACEFUL fluidity. In their engineering journal, these Roman Trojans plotted their campaign as a journey they all could share.
Winner:  4965, Animatores Romani, Chicago, 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:

It is Inspiring what each team has accomplished. This team has shown its strength in many categories. This team earned and GOT this award and the award goes to

Winner: 5037, got robot?, Elgin, IL  
2nd Runner Up: 6459, Macrobots, Chicago, IL 3rd Runner Up: 8907, Blue Box Bots, Elgin, IL

Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

Rank Team # Team Name Award Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament
1 3507  Robotheosis Qualifier Host Team yes
2 5037 got robot? Inspire Award Winner yes
3 5037 got robot? Winning Alliance Captain already advancing
4 6459 Macrobots Inspire Award 2nd Place 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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