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    Event Information


    Saturday January 31, 2015


    SIU-Carbondale logoSouthern Illinois University - Carbondale Transportation Education Center
    Southern Illinois Airport
    545 N. Airport Rd
    Murphysboro, IL 62966


    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.

    Lunch Arrangements:

    Whole 1 topping Pizzas $10, choose pepperoni, or sausage, or cheese
    Pop & water $1.00 Pepsi products only
    Orders and payments due by 8:30 am at the team check in table 1/31
    Cash preferred. Make check payable to 4-H RoboStorms FTC


    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.


    7:00 am Some Volunteers Arrive
    7:30 am Teams Arrive
     Pits Open and Team Check-In Begins
    7:50 am Team Check-In Closes
    8:00 am

    Hardware and Software Inspection, Judging Begins

    9:30 am Judging and Inspections End
    9:40 am Drivers/Coaches Meeting
    10:00 am Opening Ceremonies
    10:30 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
    6:00 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 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
    6 5085 Newton's Lawyers Shiloh
    7 5202 Zip TIE Fighters Decatur
    8 5256 Spare Parts Grand Rapids, MI
    9 7089 Cyborg Eagles La Grange
    10 7129 Robo Raiders Troy
    11 7317 Quest Gators Peoria
    12 7782 EvoTech Memphis, TN
    13 7783 Electric Wave Memphis, TN
    14 8608 Shockwave Mt. Prospect
    15 8620 Wormgear Warriors Edwardsville
    16 8648 Manual Academy RoboRams Peoria
    17 8943 OOPS! O'Fallon
    18 9163 Quest Lady Gators Peoria
    19 9411 Aurora Borealis Aurora
    20 9593 Dimly Lit Bulbs Millstadt

    Tournament Results:

    Competition Results:

    Winning Alliance
    Captain: 7317 Quest Gators Peoria, IL
    1st Selected: 8608 Shockwave Mount Prospect, IL
    Finalist Alliance
    Captain: 7783 Electric Wave Memphis, TN
    1st Selected: 7129 Robo Raiders Troy, 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:
    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 
    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 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 
    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 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
    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:
    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
    Rookie Award
    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
    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:
    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 
    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:

    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

    Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

    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
    3 7137 Quest Gators
    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
    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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