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  • Decatur Hope Academy Qualifying Tournament

    Event Information


    Saturday February 6, 2016


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    Hope Academy
    955 N. Calhoun Street
    Decatur, IL 62521


    Registration for this event is now closed.


    Teams should only park in the N. Calhoun Street parking lot.
    Note: The only doors that will be unlocked are the main entrance doors on N. Calhoun Street.


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

    Concession Stand:

    Hope Academy Concession Stand:
    Drinks, Chips, Candy, and Other Items

    Lunch Arrangements:

    Option 1:
    Whole pizza orders
    1 Topping: sausage, cheese, or pepperoni pizzas are $10 per pizza (8 Slices)
    1 Gluten Free Pizza is $10 (6 slices)
    2 Liter Bottles Soda, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Cherry Coke, $4.
    Cups, plates, napkins provided
    Pizzas will be available @ 12:30.
    Place order and make payment at team check-in by 8:30 a.m.
    Exact cash is preferred. Make checks payable to: 4-H RoboStorms FTC
    Option 2:
    Jimmy Johns sandwich delivery Call and pay Jimmy Johns at 145 Merchant Street 217-423-8323 Please call by 10:00 a.m.
    Jimmy Johns sandwich pick-up Call 217-872-8282 Pick up at 2950 N. Water, Pershing Northgate Shopping Center.
    Option 3:
    Bring your own or send someone out
    There are a number of take out restuarants nearby or feel free to bring in your own food.


    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.


    There are a number of hotels within a few miles of Hope Academy.


    In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Robotics Control System, Hope 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.

    Registration Information


    # Team # Team Name Location
    1 116 Crazy Eights Chicago
    2 2923 Kaybots Kankakee
    3 5085 Newton's Lawyers Shiloh
    4 5294 THE j IS SILENT Batavia
    5 6222 SaintBots Quincy
    6 6675 Chargers Carthage
    7 6746 D-Wingers Moline
    8 6933 Construction Zone Pontiac
    9 6994 Roberto Marseilles
    10 6995 Mechagojira Marseilles
    11 7007 Techno Bots Chicago
    12 7030 RoboMinds Chicago
    13 7089 Cyborg Eagles La Grange
    14 7129 Robo Raiders Troy
    15 7207 M-Fusion Belvidere
    16 7317 Quest Gators Peoria
    17 7619 Robohawks Broadlands
    18 7737 Technical Difficulties Batavia
    19 8128 Techno-Raptors Moline
    20 8620 Wormgear Warriors Edwardsville
    21 8648 Manual Academy RoboRams Peoria
    22 8873 Advantage robotics Kildeer
    23 8899 EP Robo Raiders East Peoria
    24 8943 OOPS! O'Fallon
    25 9163 Quest Lady Gators Peoria
    26 9506 Quadratic Crushers Heyworth
    27 9593 Dimly Lit Bulbs Millstadt

    Tournament Results:

    Competition Results:

    Winning Alliance
    Captain: 7030 RoboMinds Chicago, IL
    1st Selected: 6933 Construction Zone Pontiac, IL
    2nd Selected: 8620 Wormgear Warriors Edwardsville, IL
    Finalist Alliance
    Captain: 7007 TechKnow Bots Chicago, IL
    1st Selected: 7129 Robo Raiders Troy, IL
    2nd Selected: 7207 M-Fusion Belvidere, 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 team overcame many obstacles, but embraced their mistakes. They scouted out a way to show their enthusiasm through the day. They can check winning the motivate award off their purple list.
    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 using their words,
    Showing their robots is not just for nerds.
    Their greatest fundraiser was for the birds,
    Winner: 5085, Newton's Lawyers, Shiloh, 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 showed other teams what spirit is all about. This team lights the path to success. They built their success on a very solid foundation.
    Winner: 2923, Kaybots, Kankakee, 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:
    Spending multiple nights sketching extruding, and dimensioning,a design was born.During competition repeated battles occurred against election pairs in unwanted territory.Finally, even in spite of rejection from machine shops for fabrication,
    Winner: 7089, Cyborg Eagles, LaGrange, IL 
    Highest Seed Rookie Award
    Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
    Winner: 8899, EP Robo Raiders, East Peoria, IL 
    Rookie Award
    Winner: 8873, Advantage robotics, Kildeer, IL 
    Dean's List Semi Finalists
    Winner: Antowane Griffin from Team 116, Crazy Eights, Chicago, 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 did more than dip their TOE in control. Despite their shirts, this team was never BLUE. Our HATS are off to the winner of this award, which goes to team 6995, Roberto.
    Winner: 6995, Roberto, Marseilles, IL 
    Judges 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:
    This team secured their legacy by starting many, many new teams.
    Their doors were always open as crazy as it seems.
    There was no static, this decision clearly rates.
    The winners of the Judges Award is 116 - The Crazy Eights!
    Winner: 116, Crazy Eights, 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:
    If you want to learn the design process, read this team’s book. The colors of ink used are truly eye-popping. With five volumes, this team documented their entire journey from start to finish.
    Winner:  7129, Robo Raiders, Troy, 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 did a lot with a little.
    Their robot did well putting balls in the middle.
    Protecting their team with orange cones,
    The inspire Award goes to Construction Zone.

    Winner: 6933, Construction Zone, Pontiac, IL  
    2nd Runner Up: 7207, M-Fusion, Belvidere, IL 3rd Runner Up: 5085, Newton's Lawyers, Shiloh, IL

    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 6933 Construction Zone Inspire Award Winner yes
    3 7030 Robo Minds Winning Alliance Captain yes
    4 7207 M-Fusionl Inspire Award 2nd place yes
    5 6933 Construction Zone Winning Alliance, 1st team selected already advancing
    6 5085 Newton's Lawyers Inspire Award 3rd place yes
    7 8620 Wormgear Warriors Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected 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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