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    Event Information


    Saturday January 24, 2015


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    Lundahl Middle School
    560 Nash Rd
    Crystal Lake, IL

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    The Main Parking Lot is on the south side of the school. The competition entrance will be off of that parking lot. If the main lot is full, additional parking is available next to South Elementary north of Lundahl Middle School. Park in the marked spaces only; do not park in the bus lane.

    Bus Parking:

    After unloading, buses should return to Nash road. Drive north and turn left on Golf Road. Turn left on the east side of South Elementary. Park along the sidewalk in the bus lane north of Lundahl Middle School.


    • Lunch will be provided at $5 per person.
      • A count and payment is due at 9am at the check-in table. You will be provided with wrist bands for each lunch participant.
      • Lunch includes: 1 can of pop, 1 bottle of water, dessert, and pizza (cheese, pepperoni, and sausage).
    • Do NOT eat in the pit and competition areas. All food should be consumed in the cafeteria.



    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 Volunteers Arrive
    7:30 am Teams Arrive
    Pits and Team Registration Opens
    8:00 am

    Registration Closes,
    Hardware and Software Inspection and Judging Begins

    10:00 am Judging and Inspections End
    Drivers/Coaches Meeting
    10:30 am Opening Ceremonies
    11:00 am Qualification Matches Begin
    12:00 pm Lunch Break
    1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
    3:30 pm Alliance Selection
    4:00 pm Start Elimination Matches
    5:30 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.

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    League Rankings:

    This ranking was determined by the 10 combined matches played at both meets that the team was assigned. At the start of the League Championship, rankings of all 24 teams from the League Divisions (12 from East League, 12 from West League) will be combined into a League Ranking. During the League Championship, teams will play 5 more matches, the results of which will change the League Ranking and form our final League Ranking of all teams. Going into the League Championship, here are the current rankings:

    Rank Team # Team Name QP RP Highest Matches
    1 7351 Dynamic Signals 20 695 224 10
    2 6007 Octopi 16 570 281 10
    3 9115 Gold 14 864 224 10
    4 5209 Operation: BisonBot 14 774 224 10
    5 5200 Robots Incorporated 14 636 281 10
    6 5452 Robot to the Knee 12 866 220 10
    7 8706 Auburn High School 12 608 140 10
    8 8709 Roosevelt High School 12 510 243 10
    9 111 MiniStang 12 448 130 10
    10 9113 Blue 10 940 208 10
    11 8608 Toxic 10 814 196 10
    12 8817 Fruit Salad 10 588 160 10
    13 9082 MEHS Demon Bot 9082 8 775 188 10
    14 6287 WARBOTS 8 737 196 10
    15 5199 Tera-Bots 8 624 130 10
    16 8708 East High School 8 606 266 10
    17 7006 Robotitans 6 724 140 10
    18 8003 Rockford RoboTECH 6 610 206 10
    19 7009 Robowarriors 6 551 176 10
    20 9411 Chasewood Learning 6 520 180 10
    21 8698 Guilford Vikings 4 514 160 10
    22 7627 Jefferson J-Hawks 4 500 134 10
    23 9373 MEHS Demon Bot 9373 4 320 144 5
    QP (Total Qualification Points) - 2 Points for a WIN, 1 Point for a TIE, 0 Points for a LOSS.
    RP (Total Ranking Points) - Ranking points are awarded using the losing alliance's score in each match.
    Highest (Highest Match Score) - The highest match score awarded to the team.

    Tournament Results:

    Competition Results:

    Winning Alliance
    Captain: 5452 Robot to the Knee Highland Park, IL
    1st Selected: 5209 Operation Bison Bot Wood Dale, IL
    2nd Selected: 7009 Robowarriors Chicago, IL
    Finalist Alliance
    Captain: 7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee, IL
    1st Selected: 5200 Robots Incorporated Barrington, IL
    2nd Selected: 8817 Fruit Salad Crystal Lake, 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 YOUNG team clearly defined their roles from the start.
    Their motivation to gather sponsors and work together as a team ELECTRIFIED this competition.
    It is not SHOCKING to us that... (the motivate award is presented to)
    Winner: 8608, Shockwave, Mount Prospect, 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's outreach engagements are a veritable alphabet soup of activities.
    Their efforts crossed state and age boundaries, and their community involvement and strong communication skills brought the competitor's robots to their knees.

    Winner: 5452, Robot to the Knee, Highland Park, 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 used multiple sensors of different types to guide their robot in autonomous mode.
    When observed by the judges their complex array of sensors performed exactly as planned.
    What really made them stand out was how their software used the sensor signals to detect and align with or steer around both obstacles and other robots.

    Winner: 5209, Operation Bison Bot, Wood Dale, 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 thought of almost everything that a robot should have. Their robot is the Cadillac of robots with aluminum, polycarbonate, and Plexiglas. To support such an innovative robot, takes a tight knit team.
    This team uses a combination of sending and receiving signals during competition and as a mechanism for growing within their community. As a very young team, this group will be sustained for many years.
    This team even thought of a way to light up their robot with a red or blue light, depending on their team colors.
    Winner: 7351, Dynamic Signals, Gurnee, 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:
    The path this team took to the competition was long in effort, but short in miles.
    They handled the design challenge in a way that SEPARATED them from the rest of the pack.
    This team is well SUITED for this award!
    Winner: 5200, Robots Incorporated, Barrington, IL
    Judges Award
    This team demonstrated their gracious professionalism during their morning presentation.
    In the judges' view, this team from the WINDY CITY, was considered a strong candidate in most of the award categories.
    Overall, this team performed like TITANS, among the rest.
    Winner: 7006, Robotitans, Chicago, IL
    Highest Score By a Rookie Award
    Celebrates the highest score by a rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
    Winner: 9082, MEHS Demon Bot, Park Ridge, IL
    Highest Ranked Rookie Award
    Celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds.
    Winner: 9115, Gold, Lake Forest, IL
    Best All Around Rookie Award
    Winner: 8709, Roosevelt High School, Rockford, IL
    Dean's List Semi Finalists
    Winners:  Alex Daszek, from Team 5209, Operation: BisonBot, Wood Dale, 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:
    The Think Award reflects the learning journey of the team. For the team that won, this is your first time to the FTC. Your iteration process shows that you can think by breaking larger problems into smaller pieces. We are happy to see that this team from Crystal Lake can not only by fruity, but also "Think"
    Winner: 8817, Fruit Salad, Crystal Lake, 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:

    Team inspiration can come from many sources. It is something that is generated within and pours out to others around them.
    This team's creativity included unique design, resources and community outreach programs.
    Their robot stands apart with their quick change capability, and redundant systems.
    This tram utilized material s that were very unique but practical. So creative that we WOOD not be surprised if their robot could float.
    This 9 member, 18 ARMS team may make others GREEN with envy.

    Winner: 6007, Octopi, Crystal Lake, IL  
    2nd Runner Up: 5209, Operation Bison Bot, Wood Dale, IL 3rd Runner Up: 8608, Shockwave, Mount Prospect, 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 6007 Octopi Inspire Award Winner yes
    3 5452 Robot to the Knee Winning Alliance Captain yes
    4 5209 Operation BisonBot 2nd Place Inspire Award Winner yes
    5 5209 Operation BisonBot Winning Alliance, 1st team selected already advancing
    6 8608 Shockwave 3rd Place Inspire Award Winner 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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