Saturday December 6, 2014
Registration for this event is now closed.
Parking will be available behind the Academy. The parking lot can be reached from West McClure Ave.
The event venue has several vending machines with drinks and snacks.
There are a number of hotels within a few miles of Quest Academy. We have arranged for a special hotel rate for FTC Teams coming to this event at: Country Inn and Suites, 5309 W. Landens Way, Peoria, IL 309-589-0044. Tell them the reservation is for "FIRST Tech Challenge". The rate is $89 for a room with 2 queen beds and $109 for a room with 2 queen beds and a pull out couch.
In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, Quest Academy 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.
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.
|#||Team #||Team Name||Location|
|4||3785||Beastie Bots||Highland Park|
|6||5202||Zip TIE Fighters||Decatur|
|8||6596||Robotic Rams||Port Byron|
|16||8648||Manual Academy RoboRams||Peoria|
|17||9163||Quest Lady Gators||Peoria|
|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 shows the community what it means to be a team. The communication between team members is excellent even though it is one of the largest teams in the competition. They say the more members the better.|
|Winner:||2923, Kaybots, Kankakee, IL|
|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 has demonstrated awareness of their community and the world as a whole. This team has displayed tremendous outreach, even collaborating with teams in foreign countries. This group has been a fundraising BEAST.|
|Winner:||3785, Beastie Bots, Highland Park, 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 team was guided by modern technology. They attacked the game challenge with ultrasonic vision and 3D printing. Just to be clear, we are not talking about Mr. Roboto.|
|Winner:||6994, Not Roberto, Marseilles, 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 sleek and clean design was anything but SQUARE. They really HOOKED the judges by consistently pulling down the kickstand. Their ability to adapt their robot strategy helped RAM their way into FIRST place.|
|Winner:||6596, The Robotic Rams, Port Byron, IL|
|Judges Award - Competitive Edge|
|This team maintains focus and determination throughout the competition. Although they were not nominated for other awards their performance in competition was noteworthy. Their "tough skinned" robot kept the competition in its "jaws."|
|Winner:||7317, Quest Gators, Peoria, IL|
|Highest Ranked Rookie Award|
|Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.|
|Winner:||8648, Manual Academy RoboRams, Peoria, IL|
|Best All Around Rookie Award|
|With their strong performance on the field, clean engineering notebook, and clear sense of teamwork, this winning rookie team looks like they've been part of FIRST for years. Their pickup and scoring systems have helped them to stand high throughout the competition. They have proven themselves to be the prime choice for the Best All Around Rookie Award.|
|Winner:||9189, The Optimus Primates, Orion, IL|
|Dean's List Semi Finalists
|Winners:||Gabriel Clarke from 9189, Optimus Primates, Orion, IL and Hannah Lightner from 5202, Zip TIE Fighters, Decatur, IL|
|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 meticulously documented their journey including some humorous antidotes. This team has a clear understanding of how to build a successful Cascade Effect season. This team is definitely in the zone.|
|Winner:||6933, Construction Zone, Fairbury, IL|
|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 winning team exemplifies the team and community values of FIRST through their fundraising, outreach, and solid engineering notebook. They have seamlessly tied together failsafe controls and smooth and thought-out human operation. With their unique angle sensor and strong showing on the field, they have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with.
|Winner:||5202, Zip Tie Fighters, Decatur, IL|
|2nd Runner Up:||6933, Construction Zone, Fairbury, IL||3rd Runner Up:||3785, Beastie Bots, Highland Park, IL|
|Rank||Team #||Team Name||Award||Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament|
|1||9163||Lady Quest Gators||Qualifier Host Team||yes|
|2||5202||Zip Tie Fighters||Inspire Award Winner||yes|
|3||3785||Beastie Bots||Winning Alliance Captain||yes|