Saturday January 31, 2015
Registration for this event is now closed..
Parking will be available.
The event venue has several vending machines with drinks and snacks.
There will be no concessin stand at this event. There will be vending machines on the north side of the building with snacks, soft drinks, and coffee.
Whole 1 topping Pizzas $10, choose pepperoni, or sausage, or cheese
There are several hotels nearby.
In order to reduce the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, we will be asking everyone to limit their access to all Wifi networks in the venue on the day of the event.
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|
|1||3537||The Mecha-Hampsters||Martinsville, IN|
|2||3627||Rogue Robots||Hayti, MO|
|3||3665||Leopold Gearheads||Murphysboro, MO|
|4||4106||Supposable Thumbs||New Berlin, WI|
|5||4507||RoboChargers||Grand Rapids, MI|
|7||5202||Zip TIE Fighters||Decatur|
|8||5256||Spare Parts||Grand Rapids, MI|
|9||7089||Cyborg Eagles||La Grange|
|13||7783||Electric Wave||Memphis, TN|
|16||8648||Manual Academy RoboRams||Peoria|
|18||9163||Quest Lady Gators||Peoria|
|20||9593||Dimly Lit Bulbs||Millstadt|
|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:|
|No meeting tonight, the team still talks, doing so much with these great Google Docs. There's spirit galore and tutus for all in this group. They strove toward improvement with every Oops!|
|Winner:||8943, OOPS!, O'Fallon, 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 connected extensively with professionals, schools sponsor legislators, and other FIRST TEAMS. They zipped through hours of community outreach, kickstarted other FTC teams, and tied the globe together with social media. This fighting team certainly tries to understand connecting.|
|Winner:||5202, Zip TIE Fighters, Decatur, 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 of rookies is filled with creative thinkers. Their part performed flawlessly without a need for spares. One of their design components certainly measures up against the competition.|
|Winner:||5256, Spare Parts, Grand Rapids, MI|
|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 showed most consistent performance and had clean design. They are dressed in cameo, ready for the battle. Their design shone brightly throughout the competition.|
|Winner:||3537, The Mecha-Hampsters, Martinsville, IN|
|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 unique head gear may not have helped them in this competition, but it sure did look good. While they had some difficulties with the part of the robot for which they're named, they still pulled through. These "worriors" have proven that they can program with the best.|
|Winner:||8620, Wormgear Warriors, Edwardsville, IL|
|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:|
|Their off the chart robot was mostly off the shelf. Only three of five teammates showed up to compete the others came by video. This team's robot robbed the bank (not really), but definitely robbed the judges award.|
|Winner:||9411, Rolling Thunder, Aurora, IL|
|This rookie team had no problems showing their strength in competition. They were prepared for their challenges. They headed full charge at their opponents with fierce and brave attitude.|
|Winner:||8648, Manual Academy RoboRams, Peoria, 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:|
|I "suppose" this team has skills that show...On the field, in this community, and places that have snow but when it comes to documentation, I give them 2 thumbs up, don'tcha know?|
|Winner:||4106, Supposable Thumbs from New Berlin, WI|
|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:|
They tied it all together. They played it like a piano. Their design was composed like the music they played.
|Winner:||7129, Robo Raiders, Troy, IL|
|2nd Runner Up:||3537, The Mecha-Hampsters, Martinsville, IN||3rd Runner Up:||4106, Supposable Thumbs, New Berlin, WI|
|Rank||Team #||Team Name||Award||Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament|
|1||N/A||N/A||Qualifier Host Team||not applicable
|2||7129||Robo Raiderrs||Inspire Award Winner||yes|
||Winning Alliance Captain||yes|
|4||3537||Mecha-Hampsters||Inspire Award 2nd place||declined|
|5||8608||Shockwave||Winning Alliance 1st Selected||already advancing from League Championship|
|6||4106||Supposable Thumbs||Inspire Award 3rd place||declined|
|7||N/A||N/A||Winning Alliance 2nd Selected||not applicable|
|8||4106||Supposable Thumbs||Think Award Winner||declined|
|9||7783||Electric Wave||Finalist Alliance Captain||declined|
|10||5202||Zip Tie Fighters||Connect Award Winner||already advancing from Quest Peoria|
|11||7129||Robo Raiders||Finalist Alliance 1st Selected||already advancing|
|12||5256||Spare Parts||Rockwell Collins Innovate Award||yes|