Illinois State Championship Tournaments

Illinois State Championships:

  • Starting with the 2019-2020 season, we are adding a State Championship Fee of $100 per team for only those teams advancing to a State level competition.

Saturday January 18, 2020:  Einstein at Elgin Community College

Sunday January 19, 2020:  Hopper at Elgin Community College

Saturday January 25, 2020: Tesla at University of Illinois at Champaign

 

We have named the tournaments to honor 3 famous scientists and inventors:


Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. Einstein is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation").

Grace Hopper, (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, she was a pioneer of computer programming who invented one of the first compiler related tools.

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

General Information:

To accommodate the tremendous number of FLL teams in the State of Illinois there are three different FLL Championship Tournaments held each season.  Two are held in northern Illinois to accommodate most teams which originate in the Chicago metro area, and one held in central Illinois.

The Tesla Championship Tournament is held at the University of Illinois in Champaign and will accommodate approximately 50 teams for the “Into Orbit” season.  The Einstein Championship Tournament and Hopper Championship Tournament are held at the Elgin Community College and will also be approximately 50 teams in size.

Per the guidance of the national FIRST organization approximately 25% of all teams participating in an FLL Qualifying Tournament will receive an invitation to a state level tournament.  FIRST Illinois Robotics will assign invited teams to a state tournament which best fits the team’s geographical location, but often teams will be asked to attend a more distant tournament due to the total team distribution across the state.

Teams advancing to one of the Championship Tournaments are required to register for the Championship event Here.  There is no additional charge for attending the Championship events. Some teams may prefer to attend the more distant tournament from their home to have a ‘road trip’ experience, and those teams will be able to make this known during their registration.  There is no guarantee that such requests will be granted, but this will be taken into account when tournament assignments are made.

 

Global Innovation Award (GIA)

Each Illinois Championship tournament will nominate 1 team to be considered for the GIA.

  •   Teams must advance to one of the championship tournaments to be eligible for the GIA nomination in Illinois.
  •   GIA nomination does not affect a team’s eligibility for any other awards.
  •   Project judges at the Championship tournament will designate the order of the top 3 nominations for the GIA. The first place team will be asked to determine if they wish accept the nomination and if not, the second place GIA team will be given the opportunity and so on with the third place team.

 

Weather contingency plans: 

The Tesla Championship Tournament at the University of Illinois in Champaign will be held unless the University of Illinois closes the facility. The Einstein and Hopper Championship Tournaments at Elgin Community College will be held unless the college closes the facility.  

In the unlikely event that FIRST Illinois Robotics must cancel a tournament, teams will be notified by email to the Announcement List and a notice will be posted on this page of the website no later than 7AM on Saturday morning on the day of the tournament. FIRST Illinois Robotics will not be able to re-schedule the event.  If the event is cancelled, a team will be selected to attend any post season events by a random pull from teams that won the Champion’s Award from each Qualifying Tournament and were also scheduled to attend the State Championship Tournaments.   

Coaches and parents must use their best judgment about whether to travel in inclement weather.  If a team is not able to attend, please notify FIRST Illinois Robotics by sending an email to fll-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org.   

 

 
Einstein Championship Tournament Hopper Championship Tournament Tesla Championship Tournament
Saturday January 18, 2020 Sunday Juanuary 19, 2020 Saturday January 25, 2020

Elgin Community College

Building J Events Center

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL 60123

 Elgin Community College

Building J Events Center

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL 60123

University of Illinois 

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)

201 E Peabody Dr

Champaign, IL 61820

List of teams attending 2019-2020 City Shaper 

Coming Soon

Einstein Team Assignments

 List of teams attending 2019-2020 City Shaper 

Coming Soon

Hopper Team Assignments

 List of teams attending 2019-2020 City Shaper 

Coming Soon

Tesla Team Assignments

Einstein and Hopper Schedule for the day Einstein and Hopper Schedule for the day Tesla Schedule for the day
Einstein Building H Map with Team Numbers

Einstein Building J Map with Team Numbers

Map of Elgin Community College

Hopper Building H Map with Team Numbers

Hopper Building J Map with Team Numbers 

Map of Elgin Community College

Tesla ARC Diagram

Tesla Building Information and Street Map

Einstein Combined Table Performance Judging Schedule by Team

Einstein Table Performance Schedule by Team

Einstein Judging Schedule by Team

Einstein Alliance Schedule

Hopper Combined Table Performance Judging Schedule by Team

Hopper Table Performance Schedule by Team

Hopper Judging Schedule by Team

Hopper Alliance Schedule

Tesla Combined Table Performance Judging Schedule

Tesla Table Performance Schedule

Tesla Alliance Schedule

Letter to Coaches in Einstein & Hopper Letter to Coaches in Einstein & Hopper  

Judging Clarification Letter

Einstein & Hopper Coaches Call Slides

Einstein Pre-order Lunch Information

 Judging Clarification Letter

Einstein & Hopper Coaches Call Slides

Hopper Pre-order Lunch Information

 Judging Clarification Letter

Referree Notes

Coach Q & A for Tesla: