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.
Friday, February 23, 2018 - Saturday, February 24, 2018
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.
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.
The PWNAGE Cafe run by FRC Team 2451 will be selling concessions from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Click here for a full menu.
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:
Live Event Data
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.
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.
|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
|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|
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.