2017 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

The FIRSTTech Challenge Illinois Championship Tournamentis an intense two day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students. The competing robots are the best robots from the FTC Qualifying Events held all around Illinois. The robots represent the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and managing project deadlines. The mentor/student interaction is integral to the FTC program. It takes a lot of hard work to develop a competitive robot, and it shows when you see them in action at the Illinois Championship Tournament. 

In the competition, two alliances (red and blue) each composed of two robot teams play each other on fields that are 12' by 12' in size. Most of the day is spent on a series of Qualifying Rounds matches played between randomly generated alliance teams to determine the top four seeded individual teams. These top four individual teams will now select two other teams that they would like to join them in forming an alliance for the Elimination Rounds matches. Late Saturday afternoon starts off with the four alliances competing in the Semi-final Matches, then the Finals where two alliances will vie for the title of Winning Alliance!

Like all FIRST Tech Challenge events, the Illinois Championship Tournament is free and open to the public! If you do plan to attend, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes and bring along a pair of safety glasses so that you can visit the pit area to meet the robots and the students who built them. And remember…our team members, coaches, mentors, volunteers and Tournament staff are all very friendly and will be happy assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.

Event Information


Friday February 24, 2017 - Saturday Februrary 25, 2017


Elgin Community College
Building J Events Center
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123

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Parking will be available in the Red Lot (Lots J, & H). This parking lot is open parking space to students, visitors and staff. Specific parking areas are reserved for staff parking, accessible parking, motorcyles or other uses. Please read the posted signs carefully. Parking overnight is prohibited. Click here for more parking, drop-off, and check-in information and maps.


This year, the pits are 10'x10' in size. Click here for the pit layout. Please make sure that everyone in the pits are wearing safety glasses and closed toed shoes. The pits are open to the public so take care to keep everything of value properly secured.


The PWNAGE Cafe run by FRC Team 2451 will be selling concessions from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Click here for a full menu.

Lunch Arrangements:

Teams may pre-order Pizza and Jimmy John sandwiches by email or at the PWNAGE Cafe by 9am that day. Click here for the Order Form. Please do us a favor and have your orders in by February 24th (follow email instructions on the order form).


There are a number of local hotels within 10 miles of the venue.

We've arranged for rooms at the following hotels:
Quality Inn Elgin 500 Tollgate Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
Janice Andal
Director of Sales
Phone: 8154790931 ext 406
Cell: 3126181222
Email: hotelsales6@aol.com

$74 per room per night plus tax including:
complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary selfparking,
complimentary wireless high speed internet access

Hampton Inn by Hilton 405 Airport Rd.
Elgin, IL 60123
Corinne Dirks
Director of Sales
(847) 9311940
$79.00 rate includes breakfast
Courtyard Chicago Elgin/West Dundee 2175 Marriott Dr
West Dundee, IL 60118
website $89.00/night
**20 queen/queen bed rooms
**Continental Breakfast for upto 4 included
**Complimentary Parking
**Complimentary WiFi
TownePlace Suites Chicago Elgin/West Dundee 2185 Marriott Dr
West Dundee, IL 60118
Mary Forbish (Martin)
Sales Manager
Phone: (847) 3181190
Fax: (847) 9542740
Email: mary.forbish@marriott.com
Sleeping Rooms: $74.00/night
**20 studio queen rooms
    (includes queen bed, sofabed, kitchenette)
**Complimentary Continental Breakfast
**Complimentary Parking
**Complimentary WiFi
Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Northwest – Elgin 495 Airport Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Angela Johnson
Director of Sales
8474889000 ext 104
$89.00 rate


Friday Night

This year the State Championship is a day and half event. Judging and Inspections will take place on Friday night. Qualified teams should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

2:00 pm Set Up Crews Start
5:00 pm Set Up Crew Volunteer Pizza
Volunteer Dinner
Judges Dinner
6:00 pm Teams Arrive and Check-in Building "J" near concessions
Volunteer Check-In
6:30 pm Judging, Robot and Inspections Begins
9:00 pm Complete Judging and Inspections
6:30 am Volunteer Check-In starts
7:30 am Teams Arrive and re-Check-in Building "J" near concessions
8:15 am Drive Team Meeting
8:30 am Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am Deadline for Pre-Order of Pizzas and Jimmy John's
9:00 am Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
3:30 pm Alliance Selection
4:00 pm Start Semifinals/Finals
6:00 pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies
6:30 pm Clean-Up

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.


In order to eliminate the possibility of interference with the FTC Field Control System, ECC will be preventing access to all Wifi networks in the venue on the day of the event, meaning no Wifi access will be available.

Qualified Teams

The following teams have qualified already for the 2016 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament.

Team # Team Name Location from Event
Advancememt Criteria Met
2923 Kaybots Kankakee, IL Peoria Winning Alliance 2nd Pick
3507 RoboTheosis Chicago, IL Chicago League Inspire Award Finalist 3
4106 Supposable Thumbs New Berlin, WI Southern Illinois Inspire Award Winner
5037 got robot? Elgin, IL Francis W Parker Inspire Award Finalist 2
5199 Duct Tape and a Prayer Barrington, IL Batavia Think Award
5202 Zip Tie Fighters Decatur, IL Peoria Inspire Award/Winning Alliance Captain
5209 Operation: BisonBot Wood Dale, IL Higland Park Inspire Award Finalist 2
5294 Invertibles Batavia, IL Batavia HOST TEAM
5452 robot to the knee Highland Park, IL Chicago Math and Science Academy Winning Alliance Captain
6007 Octopi Crystal Lake, IL Batavia Winning Alliance Captain
6200 Engineers With Attitudes Barrington, IL Batavia Inspire Award Finalist 2
6933 Construction Zone Pontiac, IL Peoria Inspire Award Finalist 2/Winning Alliance 1st Pick
6994 Machination Marseilles, IL Decatur Winning Alliance Captain
7006 RoboTitans Chicago, IL Chicago League Inspire Award Finalist 2
7089 Cyborg Eagles La Grange, IL Batavia Winning Alliance Second Pick
7129 Robo Raiders Troy, IL Southern Illinois Inspire Award Finalist 2
7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee, IL Chicago Math and Science Academy Inspire Award Winner
8608 Shockwave Mt. Prospect, IL North League Motivate Award Winner
8620 WormGear Warriors Edwardsville, IL Southern Illinois Inspire Award Finalist 3
8648 Peoria Manual Rams Peoria, IL Decatur Winning Alliance 1st Pick
8685 Techno Tamarins Belvidere, IL North League Finalist Alliance Capt.
8817 Fruit Salad Crystal Lake, IL Batavia Inspire Award Winner
8873 Enginuity Kildeer, IL Chicago Math and Science Academy Inspire Award Finalist 3
8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin, IL Francis W Parker Inspire Award Winner
8943 OOPS! Robotics Glen Carbon, IL Decatur Inspire Award Finalist 2
9113 Blue Lake Forest, IL North League Highest Ranked Team Not Advancing
9189 Optimus Primates Orion, IL Francis W Parker Winning Alliance Captain
9373 Demon Bot 2 Park Ridge, IL Higland Park Winning Alliance Captain
9411 Rolling Thunder Aurora, IL North League Highest Ranked Team Not Advancing
9788 Peoria Manual Rams Peoria, IL Decatur Winning Alliance 2nd Pick
10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics Mundelein, IL North League Inspire Award Finalist 3
10093 RoboKays Kankakee, IL Peoria Inspire Award Finalist 3
10138 Newton Busters FTC Wilmette, IL Chicago League Winning Alliance Captain
10363 Knights of Tech Palitine, IL Higland Park Inspire Award Winner
10510 I'm Botman Chicago, IL Chicago League Winning Alliance 1st pick
10635 Unknown Element Batavia, IL Chicago Math and Science Academy Winning Alliance 1st Pick

Judging Schedule:

Panel 1
Panel 2
Panel 3
Panel 4
Panel 5
Panel 6
Panel 7
Panel 8
Fri 07:00 PM 5202 9373 5452 8817 6007 10363 6994 8873
Fri 07:25 PM 10138 10091 8907 7006 5199 6200 5037 4106
Fri 07:50 PM 7089 7351 8648 9788 5294 9189 10635 9411
Fri 08:15 PM 8620 8943 7129 3507 8685 6933 2923 10093
Fri 08:40 PM 8608 5209 9113 10510        

Tournament Results

Competition Results:

Winning Alliance
Captain: 10138 Newton Busters FTC Wilmette, IL
1st Selected: 10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics Mundelein, IL
2nd Selected: 5452 Robot to the Knee Highland Park, IL 
Finalist Alliance
Captain: 7129 Robo Raiders Lebanon, IL
1st Selected: 7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee, IL 
2nd Selected: 10635 Unknown Element Batavia, IL 


Judged Awards:

Outstanding Rookie Award
The Outstanding Rookie Award is given to a rookie team that excels in many aspects of FTC despite being a first year team. The recipient of this award is a young but exemplary team that clearly inspires students to learn more about science and technology. This team is off to a great start in their FTC career. Here is what the judges had to say:
Their shear enthusiasm for FIRST is plentiful. For this team, robotics is EAZY-PEEZY-LEMON-SQUEEZY. This team's innovative approach to picking up particles was truly a-MUSE-ing!
Winner: 11462, Mechanical Muses, Marion, IL
Dean's List Finalists
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST's most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen Family sponsors the FIRST Dean's Lists Awards for selected 10th or 11th grade student participants in FRC and FTC. We strongly recommend coaches to nominate candidates at the beginning of the season. The finalists are great examples of current student leaders who have led their FTC teams and communities to increase awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. It is FIRST's goal that all Dean's List semifinalists, finalists and winners will continue on as great leaders of FIRST's ever growing student alumni. Finalists are recognized here and will be considered for the FTC FIRST Dean's List Award at the FIRST World Championship. Here is what the judges had to say:
Finalist 1: Caroline Rausch
This student's personality and passion is infectious. This finalist has extensive technical experience. As a co-programmer, they have tackled new sensors, new drive trains, and has continuously worked to refine autonomous. This passion extends to spreading the importance of STEM to others. Whether it's at the library, the local fourth of July parade or the American Association of University Women, you can find this finalist sowing inspiration. This student has planted many such seeds throughout her community, some might say as many seeds as you might find in a Papaya.
Finalist 2: Jonathan Clayton
A vital member of their team, this finalist leads fellow team members by guiding them as the leader of the fabrication team. Not only is this student competent in CAD, showcased by the seven different prototypes they created, but is versed in creating budgets, timelines and dealing with supply chain issues. Beyond the technical expertise demonstrated this finalist has introduced FIRST to 2 underprivileged shchools, and is an active mentor of FLL teams. We're sure this finalist will continue to RAID through the FIRST community for years to come.
Finalist 3: Natalie Koenig
The student began their journey 7 years ago into the world of FIRST through FLL, a journey that this student passinately shaped for them self. A strong advocate for bringing FIRST opportunities to other students, specifically girls, this finalist funded an organization to expose girls to FIRST. This student has organized workshops, and trained mentors in robotics for over 100 girls. Their efforts have directly increased the number of FIRST teams and girls on teams. This student has even taken on the role of creating and leading an FLL Jr. team. But the advocacy, outreach and mentorship are not the only SIGNALS we see. This student is a DYNAMIC programmer both in FIRST and outside, specializing in the movement of the robot during autonomous. It is our firm belief that this young woman is no longer just a "Robot Girl" but is an established leader in our FIRST community
Finalist 4: Roshaan Siddiqui
This finalist has been involved in many aspects of their team as a builder, a programmer, a driver, social media coordinator, and communication handler. Using their technical experience, this finalist mentors not only sister FTC teams, but even traveled to Romaina to hold workshops and start a team. This student is already an established FIRST ambassador, representing FIRST at tech shows, being profiled by a number of news agencies, and even speaking to local Aldermen. This TITAN is already a magnificent FIRST advocate, and we're excited to see him continue to spread the word about FIRST.
Volunteer of the Year
Our volunteer of the year does many things for FIRST Illinois Robotics -the FIRST Tech Challenge. She organized two different leagues this year- was a volunteer coordinator for six different events. She took on the massive role of being the volunteer coordinator for the state tournament- sending out literally hundreds of emails to volunteers making sure that they were registered and certified. She develops our monthly agenda for the leadership team- edited many email blasts. She keeps our organization on task - functioning and caring about kids. She cares deeply about FIRST children and especially the success of the FIRST family in central and southern Illinois. Besides organizing the Central and Southern Illinois component of the FIRST Tech challenge, she works with the FIRST Lego league, the 4-H organization, and helps organize a very successful FIRST Tech Challenge team-5202. I know that our organization and the thousands of kids who benefit from our programs are glad that Sue Kunzeman is Volunteer of the Year for the FIRST Tech challenge in Illinois.
Volunteer of the Year is: Sue Kunzeman
Compass Award
The Compass Award recognizes an adult coach or mentor who provided outstanding guidance and support for a FIRST Tech Challenge Team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award is determined from candidates nominated by FIRST Tech Challenge student Team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their mentor has helped them become an outstanding Team and truly demonstrated what it means to be a Gracious Professional. Here is what the judges had to say:
Demonstrating Gracious Professionalism is not an easy task, but the students that nominated this year's Compass winners clearly see what it takes to be Gracious Professionals. This amazing duo guides the team, leading by example, teaching their students that it takes more than just ZIP TIES to hold a team together.
Winner: Joe and Sue Kunzeman
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:
The winner of this award had a robot which demonstrated exemplary integration between hardware and software through reliability and performance. They are a team that set an excellent example of gracious professionalism. "The Force" to be reckoned with. Japanese Pop Song. Internet Meme. Cat. Connect the dots. The winner of the control award is ...
Winner: 10091, N.Y.A.N. Robotics, Mundelein, 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:
These guys are constantly motivated, moving around, and mastering their relationships. Ask them to stop and they won't for they are never static. Just witness their enthusiasm and you'll see the signals for the winner of the Motivate Award is ...
Winner: 7351, Dynamic Signals, Gurnee, 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 team we selected to receive the Design Award demonstrated a unique solution for a common task. Even with all their fAIL SAFE MECHANISMS, this team SCREWED UP the particle game play. With that in mind, the PTC Design Award goes to the team that designed an AUGER that would make a combine jealous.
Winner: 5037, got robot?, Elgin, 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. This Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel has the most Innovative and Creative Robot design solution to the FIRST Tech Challenge. Elements of this Award include elegant design, robustness and 'out of the box' thinking with regard to design. This Award may address the design of the whole robot or some sub-assembly component of the robot. The creative component needs to work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all of the time during Matches to be considered for this Award. The Team's Engineering Notebook showed the design of the component(s) and the Team's robot, and clearly explains how the Team arrived at. Here is what the judges had to say:
They love PHYSICS! Their wheel is FLY! NEWTON would be proud!
Winner: 10138, Newton Busters FTC, Wilmette, 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 winner of this award had an above average connection to their local STEM community and hammered their ideas into the robot design. If you Need Your Acronym Named ask the winner of the connect award, team 10091 NYAN Robotics. Not Your Average Nerds.
Winner: 10091, N.Y.A.N. Robotics, Mundelein, 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:
This team could spend days GOOGLEing something but they didn't. Their opponents were caught in their CROSSFIRE and did not stand a chance. They showed us the way they found the LOST ARK.
Winner: 7129, Robo Raiders, Lebanon, 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:
The winner of this year's inpire award has shown an APPETITE for the full palate of FIRST Tech Challenge performance. Their outreach is COLORFUL and their their design process is SWEET.
Winner: 8817, Fruit Salad, Crystal Lake, IL
2nd Runner Up: 7129, Robo Raiders, Lebanon, IL 3rd Runner Up: 10138, Newton Busters FTC, Wilmette, IL

Advancing to the Northern FTC Super Regional Tournament

Rank Team # Team Name Award Advancing to Northern Super Regional
1 8817 Fruit Salad Inspire Award Winner yes
2 10138 Newton Busters FTC Winning Alliance Captain yes
3 7129 Robo Raiders Inspire Award 2nd place yes
4 10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics Winning Alliance, 1st team selected yes
5 10138 Newton Busters FTC Inspire Award 3rd place Advancing Above
6 5452 Robot to the Knee Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected yes
7 7129 Robo Raiders Think Award Winner Advancing Above
8 7129 Robo Raiders Finalist Alliance Captain Advancing Above
9 10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics Connect Award Winner  Advancing Above
10 7351 Dynamic Signals Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected yes
11 10138 Newton Busters FTC Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner Advancing Above
12 10635 Unknown Element Finalist Alliance, 2nd team selected yes
13 5307 got robot? PTC Design Award Winner yes
14 7351 Dynamic Signals Motivate Award Winner Advancing Above
15 10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics Control Award Winner Advancing Above
16 5199 Duct Tape and a Prayer Highest Ranked Team Not Currently Advancing yes

Advancement Criteria

Teams will advance to the next level of competition in the order indicated below according to the number of spots available. In the event that the team listed has already advanced or there is no team fitting that description (as in 2nd team selected at smaller events), the advancement will continue in order.

  1. Inspire Award Winner
  2. Winning Alliance Captain
  3. Inspire Award 2nd place
  4. Winning Alliance, 1st team selected
  5. Inspire Award 3rd place
  6. Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected
  7. Think Award Winner
  8. Finalist Alliance Captain
  9. Connect Award Winner
  10. Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected
  11. Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner
  12. Finalist Alliance, 2nd team selected
  13. PTC Design Award Winner
  14. Motivate Award Winner
  15. Control Award Winner
  16. Highest Ranked Team Not Currently Advancing
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