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  • Chicago Math and Science Academy Qualifying Tournament 2016

    Event Information


    Saturday January 23, 2016


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    Chicago Math and Science Academy
    7212 N. Clark St.
    Chicago, IL 60626


    Registration for this event is now closed.


    Parking will be available in the school parking lot on the North side of the Academy. The entrance to the building is by the parking lot.


    The event venue has several vending machines with drinks and snacks.


    For breakfast, lunch and as refreshments there will be various food items as well as pizza for sale in the cafeteria.


    There are a number of hotels within a few miles of the Chicago Math and Science Academy.


    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 City State
    116 Crazy Eights Chicago IL
    4337 DeVry Daemons Chicago IL
    4442 thunderbots Highland Park IL
    4965 Animatores Romani Chicago IL
    5072 Wildcats Lake Forest IL
    5294 Invertibles Batavia IL
    5452 Robot To The Knee Highland Park IL
    7007 TechKnow Bots Chicago IL
    7030 RoboMinds Chicago IL
    7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee IL
    7738 Vaders Batavia IL
    8770 Big Gear on the Inside Schaumburg IL
    8873 Enginuity Kildeer IL
    9506 Quadratic Crushers Heyworth IL
    9929 TNT (Tech Ninja Team) Flossmoor IL
    10109 De La Salle Institute - Institute Campus Chicago IL
    10138 Newton Busters FTC (Girl Scouts GCNWI) Wilmette IL
    10182 Cheetahs Chicago IL
    10252 Lightning Strike Chicago IL
    10253 Bobcats Robotics Chicago IL
    10387 Red Hot Chicago IL
    10415 Deerfield High School Deerfield IL
    10510 I'm BOTman Chicago IL
    10607 Matrix Mercenaries Batavia IL
    10608 Deus Ex Machina Batavia IL
    10630 Deerfield High School Deerfield IL
    10635 Unknown Element Batavia IL
    10836 H^4 Westchester IL

    Tournament Results:

    Competition Results:

    Winning Alliance
    Captain: 5452 Robot To The Knee Highland Park, IL
    1st Selected: 10635 Unknown Element Batavia, IL
    2nd Selected: 8873 Enginuity Kildeer, IL
    Finalist Alliance
    Captain: 10138 Newton Busters FTC Wilmette, IL
    1st Selected: 7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee, IL
    2nd Selected: 4965 Animatores Romani Chicago, IL


    Judged Awards:

    Rookie Sensation Award
    Next we have the Rookie Sensation Award. This Judged Award celebrates the Team that is an ambassador for FIRST programs and demonstrates and documents their work in their community. As a first year team, their robot is creative, innovative and performs reliably on the field. Here is what the judges had to say:
    The team winning the Rookie Award today did not crack under pressure. They are small but mighty, and really know hot to burn up the field of play.Congratulations to the winning rookie team:
    Winner: 10387, Red Hot, Chicago, IL
    Highest Ranked Rookie Award
    This rookie team had the highest rank after the end of all qualification matches.
    Winner: 10109, De La Salle Institute - Institute Campus, Chicago, IL
    Dean's List Semi Finalists
    FIRST Dean’s List Finalists are outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. These students were nominated by their teams for their direct contributions and impact on others –exemplifying leadership and commitment, on their FTC team, in their school, and in their community. FIRST Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, recognized here today, will be considered within their state/region for the two spots as Dean’s List Finalists. Here is what the judges had to say:
    As an underclassmen last year, Elizabeth showed strong passion for programming. Seeing much of the club graduate, she immediately stepped up to lead. This year, she has recruited more freshmen, spent countless hours on the robot and has been able to manage the many components of a FTC team. She's a true Gracious Professional, instilling her passion of STEM in the students she leads. Congratulations for being a Dean's List Semi-Finalist:
    Winner: Elizabeth Bartusiak from Team 5072, Wildcats, Lake Forest, 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 knows how to move around the field, in autonomous & teleop. They know what side is best to move forward silently. Coming in with an explosive strike.
    Winner: 9929, TNT (Tech Ninja Team), Flossmoor, IL
    Motivate Award
    Next we have the Motivate Award. This Judged Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition and embraces the culture of FIRST while making a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school, and community and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST. Here is what the judges had to say:
    This award is going to the team that knows how to spell TEAMWORK. Their creativity flashed through the competition. Sparks flew on the field of play. The MOTIVATE AWARD goes to:
    Winner: 10252, Lightning Strikes, Chicago, IL 
    PTC Design Award
    The intent of the PTC Design Award is to expand on 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 aspect must serve a function but they should also differentiate the robot in a unique fashion. Here is what the judges had to say:
    The winner of the Design Award knows how to clean up, they can move in every direction easily, including up.Their concept was “ totally tubular”. The PTC Design award goes to:
    Winner: 10138, Newton Busters FTC (Girl Scouts GCNWI), Wilmette, IL
    Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
    The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. Here is what the judges had to say:
    The innovate award is given to the team that has a unique and creative design to their robot. This team created a design that gives them the FORCE to climb higher. This award goes to
    Winner: 7738, Vaders, Batavia, IL
    Connect Award
    TOur next Award, The Connect Award, is presented to the Team that the Judges' feel most connected with their local community, FIRST and the business world. The best Team is more than the sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this Award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. In addition, the Team that wins this Award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. Here is what the judges had to say:
    You can find this balanced team out in the community as pioneers, showcasing their robots and skills. This team of 3 young men and 3 young women mentor students in STEM at libraries, in classrooms, connecting with their community. Today’s Connect Award goes to:
    Winner: 8873, Enginuity, Kildeer, IL
    Think Award
    The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Team's Engineering Notebook focused on the design and build stages of the Team's robot and exemplified their journey as a team and engineers. Here is what the judges had to say:
    Engineering thinking is what this team see, from head to toe it is their way to be. Think Award goes to:
    Winner:  5452, Robot To The Knee, Highland Park, IL 
    Inspire Award
    The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the 'challenge' of the FTC program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and works to promote FIRST and make it loud in their community. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team on and off the playing field. The Judges used Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, the Team's Engineering Notebook, and performance on the playing field in determining the winner. Here is what the judges had to say:

    This team embodied the very spirit of FIRST. As a team, they never stayed still. They were always moving towards victory. For choosing the Inspire Award winner, the signs were all here. The winner of the inspire award is:

    Winner: 7351, Dynamic Signals, Gurnee, IL  
    2nd Runner Up: 5452, Robot To The Knee, Highland Park, IL 3rd Runner Up: 8873, Enginuity, Kildeer, IL

    Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

    Rank Team # Team Name Award Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament
    1 7006 Robotitans Qualifier Host Team yes
    2 7301 Tiger Robotics
    Inspire Award Winner yes
    3 8907 Blue Box Bots 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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