Chicago Lane Tech Qualifying Tournament

Event Information


Sunday, December 14, 2014


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Lane Tech College Prep High School
2501 W. Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618

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Registration for this event is now closed.


The parking lot is accessible from Western Avenue on the south side of the building. Guests should enter the building via Door M, the parking lot entrance.


Pizza, chips and soda will be served on site. $1 per slice of pizza, $10 per whole pizza, $1 per drink (water, Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke) and $0.75 per bag of chips.

Lunch Arrangements:

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


Recommended hotels include Days Inn Chicago, 644 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 and Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel, 3434 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657


Wifi will be available at this venue, but In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System,we request you and your guests please limit the use of all wifi devices at this event.


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

Teams Attended:

# Team # Team Name Location
1 4115 Men in Kilts Mequon, WI
2 4442 Robotics Done Right Highland Park
3 5209 Operation: BisonBot Wood Dale
4 5294 THE j IS SILENT Batavia
5 5451 Robot Wranglers Highland Park
6 5495 Iron Eagles Lake Villa
7 6199 Team sportz Barrington
8 6201 QWOP Bots
9 7284 GadsHill Center Chicago
10 8685 Boone County 4-H Techno Tamarins Belvidere
11 8899 EP Robo Raiders East Peoria
12 9162 ITW David Speer Academy Chicago
13 9166 The HP-Y Team Yerucham, Israel
14 9241 Team Robo-Beam Chicago
15 9389 TecKnowLogic Batavia
16 9411 Aurora Borealis Aurora

Tournament Results:

Competition Results:

Winning Alliance
Captain: 9166 HP-Y Team Yerucham, Israel
1st Selected: 5451 Robot Wranglers Highland Park, IL
Finalist Alliance
Captain: 4442 Robotics Done Right Highland Park, IL
1st Selected: 8899 EP Robo Raiders East Peoria, 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 squad communicated their roles well and all contributed equally to their success. They grew together in FLL and blazed a path in their Rookie FTC. Despite the bad taste of the root beer in their design, this team raided the competition.
Winner: 8899, EP Robo Raiders, East Peoria, 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 mean marches at the front of its community. You can always point them out in a crowd, because they dress to impress! Whoops! My bad! I didn't mean dressses, I meant kilts!
Winner: 4115, Men in Kilts, Mequon, WI
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:
When it comes to being true innovators, not much went wrong for this team. This robot zipped around the field and got its job done. Their robot didn't do everything, but what it did do, it did it right.
Winner: 4442, Robotics Done Right, Highland Park, 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's tubular approach to scoring was an ocean apart. It made all the judges very HaPpY.
Winner: 9166, HP-Y Team, Yerucham, Israel 
Highest Ranked Rookie Award
Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
Winner: 9166, HP-Y Team, Yerucham, Israel 
Judge's Award
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:
Juges were impressed with this team's determination. They connected their team to the community like no other. They even searched everywhere for spare parts; from basement boards to rafter beams.
Winner: 9241, Team Robo-Beam, Chicago, 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:
This team's thinking process to create original 3D parts really came to life in their engineering journal. Unlike a certian Internet game, their controls were not awkward at all.
Winner:  6201, QWOP, Barrington, IL 
Control Award
The Control Award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve Game challenges such as Autonomous Operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the Field. Here is what the judges had to say:
This team's steadfast strategy allowed a stampede of points. Their consistent approach to herding tubes into scoring position really helped us make this decision.
Winner: 5209, Operation: BisonBot, Wood Dale, 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 promotes FIRST at home and abroad. They are continually giving to others, even giving their team members to a sister team. Their innovative design and outreach efforts lifted whiffle balls andd other teams to new heights.

Winner: 5451, Robot Wranglers, Highland Park, IL
2nd Place: 9166, HP-Y team, Yerucham, Israel 3rd Place: 4115, Men in Kilts, Mequon, WI

Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

Rank Team # Team Name Award Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament
1 9150 Dragon Droids Qualifier Host Team yes
2 5451 Robot Wranglers Inspire Award Winner yes
3 9166 HP-Y Team 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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