2018 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

The Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship is 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 teams. These top four teams then select two other teams to join them in forming an alliance for the Elimination Rounds. 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 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

Date

Friday, February 23, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Venue

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


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Parking:

Parking will be available in the Red Lot (Lots J, & H). This parking lot is open parking space for students, visitors and staff. Specific parking areas are reserved for staff parking, accessible parking, motorcycles 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.

Pits:

This year, the pits will be approximately 9'x9' in size. Click here for the pit layout. Please make sure that everyone in the pits is wearing safety glasses and closed toed shoes. The pits are open to the public so take care to keep everything of value properly secured.

Refreshments:

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).

Lodgings:

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

We've arranged for rooms at the following hotels:
HotelAddressContactRate
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
Corinne.Dirks@Hilton.com
(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
angela@hichicagonw.com
8474889000 ext 104
$89.00 rate
 

Agenda

Friday Night

As in previous years, the state championship is a day and a half event. Judging and Inspections will take place on Friday night. Qualified teams should plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m.

3:00 pm Set-Up Crews Start
5:00 pm Set Up Crew Volunteer Pizza
Volunteer Dinner
Judges Dinner
6:00 pm Team Coach Check-in, Building J, Lobby
6:30 pm Judging, Robot and Inspections Begins
9:00 pm Complete Judging and Inspections
Saturday
7:00 am Volunteer Check-In starts
7:30 am Team Coach Check-In, Pick up Drive Team Badges, Building J Lobby
8:15 am Drive Team Meeting
8:45 am Opening Ceremonies
9:15 am Qualification Matches Begin
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
2:30 pm Alliance Selection
3:00 pm Start Semifinals/Finals
5:00 pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies
6:00 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.

Wifi:

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.

Division Assignments

Division assignments and other information for attending teams has been posted here: http://bit.ly/il-ftc-rr-divisions

Teams Advancing to State

Here is the list of teams that have already qualified for the State Championship. As each League Championship completes, this list will grow.
Team Name City Event Awards
5037 got robot? Elgin Crystal Lake League Championship 1. Inspire Award Winner
5187 Transistor Titans Marion South Central Illinois League Championship 6. Winning Alliance Second Pick
5202 Zip TIE Fighters Decatur South Central Illinois League Championship 3. Inspire Award Finalist 2
6200 Broncos Barrington Crystal Lake League Championship 10. Finalist Alliance First Pick
6287 Vertigo Highland Park Highland Park League Championship 1. Inspire Award Winner
2. Winning Alliance Captain
7129 Robo Raiders Lebanon South Central Illinois League Championship

1. Inspire Award Winner
4. Winning Alliance First Pick

7351 Dynamic Signals Gurnee Highland Park League Championship 4. Winning Alliance First Pick
5. Inspire Award Finalist 3
9. Connect Award Winner
7715 Robotic Lions Rockford Crystal Lake League Championship 11. Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner
8620 Wormgear Warriors Edwardsville South Central Illinois League Championship 2. Winning Alliance Captain
8817 Fruit Salad Crystal Lake Crystal Lake League Championship 5. Inspire Award Finalist 3
7. Think Award Winner
8907 Blue Box Bots Elgin Crystal Lake League Championship 4. Winning Alliance First Pick
8943 Oops! Robotics O Fallon South Central Illinois League Championship 5. Inspire Award Finalist 3
10091 N.Y.A.N. Robotics - Not Your Average Nerds Mundelein Highland Park League Championship 3. Inspire Award Finalist 2
9. Connect Award Winner
10. Finalist Alliance First Pick
10138 Newton Busters Wilmette Highland Park League Championship 7. Think Award Winner 8. Finalist Alliance Captain
10635 Unknown Element Batavia Crystal Lake League Championship 2. Crystal Lake League Championship Winning Alliance Captain
11163 LadyTitans Chicago Highland Park League Championship 12. Finalist Alliance Second Pick
11373 Power Surge 2.0 Bloomington South Central Illinois League Championship 7. Think Award Winner
12682 The Golden Ratio Cary Crystal Lake League Championship 3. Inspire Award Finalist 2
6. Winning Alliance Second Pick
9. Connect Award Winner
13193 Cary - Grove High School Robotics Club Cary Crystal Lake League Championship 8. Finalist Alliance Captain
13413 Null Pointer Exceptions Evanston Highland Park League Championship 6. Winning Alliance Second Pick

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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