FTC High Scores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:30
  • 591 points - Cougars 4251 & Trash Torque 3903 2/25/12
  • 584 points - Pandara 506 and Masquerade 4997 2/18/12
  • 504 points - Say Watt? 3539 & Mad Science 4486 2/12/12
  • 444 points - Techno Clovers 4240  & Ozone 2 4154 1/28/12
  • 437 points - G-FORCE 2818 and 4-H Techno Clovers 4240 1/14/12
  • 407 points - Cougars 4251 and PowerStackers 5029 1/14/12
  • 254 points - Say Watt? 3539 and Shenanigans 4356 12/3/2011
 
Cougars win FTC Central Ohio Qualifying Tournament PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Sunday, 29 January 2012 22:59

 

The Cougars Robotics Team, FTC team# 4251, won both the Inspire Award and were Captain of the Winning Alliance at the FTC Central Ohio Qualifying Tournament.  The kids went undefeated during the 5 qualifying rounds to be the top seed for the alliance rounds.  During round 2 they set a new National high score of 407 only to have their score beaten minutes later with a 444 coming out of the Newark Delaware tournament.  They went 2-0 in the semi-finals and 2-1 in the finals to win the tournament. The Inspire Award is explained below (directly from the FIRST website). 




A video animation explaining how the robot game works is here ->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUrKrKj6l-s 
 
And check out the Cougars winning round 3 of the Finals! -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccLhOOKPqkA 
 

Inspire Award

FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire Award

Large TrophyMedalThe Inspire Award is the most prestigious FTC award, and is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program.  The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FIRST Tech Challenge Team.  The team that receives this award is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field.

Judges should use match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, and the team’s Engineering Notebook as equal factors in determining the winner of this award.

The Inspire Award winning team will receive an invitation to advance to the next level event.  If presented at a Qualifying Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate in a Championship Tournament.  If presented at a Championship Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate at the World Championship Event.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 21:20
 
iSPACE Workshop 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 October 2011 21:10
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Starbase Wright-Patt Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 October 2011 21:04
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Bionic Barracudas teach NXT-G Advanced Programming Workshop PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 September 2011 22:04

 

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011, The Bionics Barracudas - Quantum Bots FTC team held an Advanced NXT-G Programming Workshop at Rockwell Automation in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The team, which recently graduated from FLL, based the presentation material and exercises on the well-known Cougar workshop presentation. Helping out at the team tables during the exercises was FLL teams Monster Maniax and 7+1. The workshop was so popular that the Rockwell facility was completely filled with 29 teams made up of 179 kids and coaches. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:56
 
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  • Super Regionals - Then and Now
    Super Regional competitions were piloted in 2014 with the intent of creating a more balanced progression of competition. As FIRST Tech Challenge grew, the single World Championship accommodating 128 teams resulted in a very small percentage of teams making it to the top level of competition.

    Super Regional events provided a solution to this problem, and allowed more teams to reach a higher level of competition. The events were a tremendous success. The regions that stepped up to organize, fundraise and execute the events were amazing. The sponsors who believed in the vision donated over a million dollars to make them happen. The team experience was unlike anything else. We are truly grateful for the passion and effort that went into these events.

    Since the inception of Super Regionals several things have changed. Most significantly, we’ve added a second World Championship, as well as new World Championship venues.



    In 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge doubled the number of teams attending World Championships from 128 to 256. The percentage of teams progressing from one competition level to the next was turned on its head. In addition to more spots for 40 international FIRST Tech Challenge teams we added a waitlist/lottery for 80 FIRST Tech Challenge teams at World Championships. That still left spots for 136 Super Regional teams, or 47% of teams competing at Super Regionals.

    The cost to teams competing in both Super Regionals and World Championships is not insignificant. In addition, the cost of the events themselves is substantial, the volunteer and coach time, and the compression of the FIRST Tech Challenge season, it really adds up. Most importantly, the original reason for creating Super Regionals which was helping more students reach a higher level of competition is being solved by the addition of a second World Championship event.

    Taking into account all these factors, 2018 will be the last year of FIRST Tech Challenge Super Regionals.

    Houston and Detroit World Championships each offer new opportunities, mainly in layout and the chance to have all programs again under one, enormous roof. In fact each of the new venues can accommodate more FIRST Tech Challenge teams than our previous venues.

    Starting in 2019 we are happy to announce that each World Championship will host 160 FIRST Tech Challenge teams, or a total of 320 teams from around the world. We will continue to make the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship experience loud. Teams can expect to compete side-by-side on the largest stages with FIRST Robotics Competitions and in places like Minute Maid Park and Ford Field as well as the George R. Brown and Cobo Convention Centers.



    The growth of FIRST Tech Challenge continues, and we love it. Making our program available to more and more students is what it’s all about. We’re proud to have Championships that recognize and celebrate the students, coaches, volunteers and sponsors that make it all happen. I look forward to seeing you out at the competitions and then changing the world!

    Thanks,

    Ken Johnson, FIRST Tech Challenge Director