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  • Highland Park Qualifying Tournament 2015

    Event Information


    December 19, 2015


    <Highland Park HS Logo>
    Highland Park High School
    433 Vine Avenue
    Highland Park, IL 60035


    Registration for this event is closed.


    The parking lot is accessible from Western Avenue on the south side of the building. Guests should enter the building via Door M, the parking lot entrance.


    Pizza, chips and soda will be served on site. $1 per slice of pizza, $10 per whole pizza, $1 per drink (water, Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke) and $0.75 per bag of chips.

    Lunch Arrangements:

    Registered teams can sign up to pre-order box lunches or you can try any of the local restaurants found nearby.


    Recommended hotels include Days Inn Chicago, 644 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 and Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel, 3434 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657


    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

    Teams Attended:

    Team #NameCityState
    5209 Operation: BisonBot Wood Dale IL
    7074 BOOCbotics Dolton IL
    7089 Cyborg Eagles La Grange IL
    7284 Teen Connection Chicago IL
    7301 Tiger Robotics Wheaton IL
    7458 Full Force! Gurnee IL
    8846 Team Tech Dolton IL
    8847 3, 2, 1! Dolton IL
    8873 Enginuity Kildeer IL
    9082 Demon Bot 1 Park Ridge IL
    9373 Demon Bot 2 Park Ridge IL
    9389 Tec(Know)Logic Batavia IL
    9698 West Aurora Robotics Aurora IL
    9929 TNT (Tech Ninja Team) Flossmoor IL
    10266 Mach Speed Oswego IL
    10267 Gears of Fury Oswego IL
    10268 Why so Gearious? Oswego IL
    10363 Knights of Tech Palatine IL
    10499 G.K. Chesterton Academy of Chicago Chicago IL
    10607 Matrix Mercenaries Batavia IL
    10630 Deerfield High School Deerfield IL
    10635 Unknown Element Batavia IL
    10888 Amundsen Vikings Chicago IL

    Tournament Results:

    Competition Results:

    Winning Alliance
    Captain: 9373 Demon Bot 2 Park Ridge, IL
    1st Selected: 10266 Mach Speed Oswego, IL
    2nd Selected: 9698 West Aurora Robotics Aurora, IL
    Finalist Alliance
    Captain: 10363 Knights of Tech Palatine, IL
    1st Selected: 10267 Gears of Fury Oswego, IL
    2nd Selected: 10635 Unknown Element Batavia, IL

    Judged Awards:

    Outstanding Rookie Award
    The Outstanding Rookie Award goes to the new team this year that most exemplifies the goals of FIRST in all areas. Here is what the judges had to say:
    It took these rookies a while to arrive at the tournament today. The roads in their town are cleaner because of them. You won't find them on the Periodic table. And the Outstanding Rookie Award goes to :
    Winner: 10635, Unknown Element, Batavia, 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 team has extended their arm to both FLL and FRC teams. But they used a DIFFERENT arm to pull themselves up onto the mountain today. There's a sonic boom as this team passes by ... And the Motivate Award goes to:
    Winner: 10266, Mach Speed, Oswego, 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:
    Not many times can someone recirculate technology from over 150 years ago with new purpose, This team came ARMed and ready for battle. They were able to compartmentalize the challenge into pieces. They have shown that they CAN design an award worthy DROID.... and the PTC Design award goes to:
    Winner: 9389, Tec(Know)Logic, Batavia, 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:
    This team came from FAR FAR away. They discovered that for your scoring mechanism to work, you sometimes you just have to "WHACK" it. Not since the Flinstones have we seen such innovation in reinventing the wheel... and the Innovate award goes to:
    Winner: 7458, Full Force!, Gurnee, IL 
    Connect Award
    Our 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:
    The FORCE between FLL and FTC is strong with this team. As golden as C3P0 their robot is. It's been said that they are the mother of all invention. The winner of the Connect Award is:
    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:
    The engineering notebook documents a team's journey of the design and redesign process. This journey can take teams far away from home to where the buffalo roam. The skies were not cloudy all day for the Think Award winner.
    Winner:  5209, Operation: BisonBot, Wood Dale, 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 is a SHINING exampleof all that is great about FTC., with a code of honor that yielded Autonomous excellence, and social media that helped spread the word. Impressive rookies still in middle school, the Inspire award goes to:

    Winner: 10363, Knights of Tech, Palatine, IL
    2nd Place: Operation: BisonBot, Wood Dale, IL 3rd Place: 9389, Tec(Know)Logic, Batavia, IL

    Advancement Criteria to the 2014-2015 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

    Rank Team # Team Name Award Qualify for IL FTC Championship Tournament
    1 9150 Dragon Droids Qualifier Host Team yes
    2 5451 Robot Wranglers Inspire Award Winner yes
    3 9166 HP-Y Team 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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