FIRST Tech Challenge is for high school students who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 15 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and in 2017-18, it will be programmed using Java and operated through smart phones and tablets. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategies and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments.

 

iSPACE is the Ohio affiliated partner for FIRST Tech Challenge.


FTC Timeline

May: Registration begins
September: Kickoff
September – March: Build and Practice Season
October – March: Tournament Season
November – February: Local Scrimmages
December – February: Regional Qualifying Tournaments
February: State Championship  (Ohio)
March: Super Regionals – Iowa (teams must qualify)
April: FIRST Championship – St. Louis, MO USA

 


OHIO FIRST Tech Challenge CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

After qualifying in one of the regional tournaments in Ohio, teams compete in the OH FIRST Tech Challenge Championship with the top five teams advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional Championships. 2017-2018 OH FIRST Tech Challenge Championship will be held at iSPACE on February 16-17, 2018.

Contacts:
Dan Kobida, ftcohio1@gmail.com, 513-324-1555
Lori McAlister, lmcalister@iSPACEscience.org 513-612-5786  
Paul Smith ftcohioapt@outlook.com  513-364-1778 

Information about the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament for Qualifying Teams and registration link is here (coming soon).

Printable Copy of the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament Information Packet is here (coming soon).

Information on how to submit Compass and Promote Award videos for the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament here (coming soon).

Concession menu and Pizza Pre-Order form can be found here (coming soon).

 

Proposed Advancement

Teams will advance to the next level of competition in the order indicated below according to the number of spots available. The advancement criteria will be applied to teams advancing from a Qualifying Tournament to a Championship Tournament to a Super-Regional Tournament, and from a Super-Regional Tournament to the World Championship Tournament.

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 this order.

  1. Qualifier Host Team
  2. Inspire Award Winner
  3. Winning Alliance Captain
  4. Inspire Award 2nd place
  5. Winning Alliance, 1st team selected
  6. Inspire Award 3rd place
  7. Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected
  8. Think Award Winner
  9. Finalist Alliance Captain
  10. Connect Award Winner
  11. Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected
  12. Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner
  13. Finalist Alliance, 2nd team selected
  14. PTC Design Award Winner
  15. Motivate Award Winner
  16. Control Award Winner
  17. Highest Ranked Team* not previously advanced until all spaces are filled, beginning with the Winning Division and alternating to the Finalist Division team of equal rank.
  18. Think Award 2nd Place
  19. Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced until all spaces are filled, beginning with the Winning Division and alternating to the Finalist Division team of equal rank.
  20. Connect Award 2nd Place
  21. Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced until all spaces are filled, beginning with the Winning Division and alternating to the Finalist Division team of equal rank.
  22. Rockwell Collins Innovate Award 2nd Place
  23. Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced until all spaces filled, beginning with the Winning Division and alternating to the Finalist Division team of equal rank.

Regional Qualifying Tournaments

Qualifying Tournament are held in December, January and February. There are seven tournaments in Ohio.

Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Advancing Team Details

There are seven Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Qualifying Tournaments and each will advance five teams to the 36 team iSPACE Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship  based on the official FIRST Tech Challenge Team Advancement Criteria (Game Manual Part I: 4.8).  This means that 35 teams will advance to the Championship Tournament, filling all but one team slot.

Each Regional Tournament will also identify a first alternate Ohio team based on the same FIRST Tech Challenge Advancement Criteria. After the last Regional Tournament, the seven alternate Ohio teams will be ranked based on their best qualifying tournament match score.  The top alternate team will fill the remaining  team slot at the Ohio Championship.  The remaining six alternates will fill any vacated tournament slots based on their ranking order.

Advancing and alternate teams will be posted at the iSPACE website.  The alternate team ranking will be posted on the website after completion of the final Regional Tournament by February 5, 2018.

Tournament Registration

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!
With 115 teams expected in Ohio we want to make sure that every team has a chance to compete.  Therefore, we will be moving to a tiered registration process.

  • September 10, 2017 at 12:01 am Ohio Qualifying Tournament Registration will begin.  Ohio teams may register for TWO Ohio Qualifying Tournament starting on this date.  If you register for more than TWO tournament ALL of your registrations will be voided, you will be charged a cancellation fee for each and you will have to start the registration process again. No Exceptions.
  • On November 1, 2017 if there are still slots available we will open a second round of Tournament registration for Ohio Teams to register for a third tournament
  • On November 15, 2017 teams residing in contiguous states may register for one tournament.  Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan. (Michigan high school teams ONLY)
  • Ohio Teams will have priority on any wait lists that are created for Ohio Qualifying Tournaments.  Registration from the wait list will happen in time stamp order.
  • Teams who are no-shows or who pull out of a OH Qualifier without providing at least a 10 day advanced notice may forfeit a slot at the OH Championship. Tournament registration fees will not be refunded unless teams give a 30 day notice of non-participation. There will be a $25 handling fee for all cancellations.

Register for up to TWO tournaments on September 10, 2017 at 12:01 am!

Scheduled Qualifying Tournaments:

FIRST Tech Challenge Dayton OH Qualifying Tournament
Date: December 8 - 9, 2017

Tippecanoe Middle School
550 North Hyatt Street
Tipp City, OH 45371

Contact: Terence Chu – terencechuu@gmail.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Newark OH Qualifying Tournament
December 8 - 9, 2017

Reese Center
1209 University Drive (on the campus of Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State University at Newark)
Newark, Ohio 43055

Tournament Information: HERE

Contact: Jeff and Nancy Richards (704.973.0455) – jeff.nancy.richards@roadrunner.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Austintown OH Qualifying Tournament
December 15 - 16, 2017

Austintown Middle School
800 S. Raccoon Road
Austintown, OH 44515

Contact:  Andy Yantes (330-540-6897) andy@yantes.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Cleveland OH Qualifying Tournament
January 5-6, 2018

Cuyahoga Community College
Eastern Campus
4250 Richmond Road
Highland Hills, OH 44122

Tournament Information HERE

Contact:Pat Checkel (216.410.7107) –  brushrobotics@gmail.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Van Wert OH Qualifying Tournament
January 19-20, 2018

Van Wert High School
10708 St. Rt. 118 S.
Van Wert, OH 45891

Tournament Information HERE

Contact: Zane McElroy (419.230.9581) – z_mcelroy@vwcs.net

FIRST Tech Challenge Cincinnati OH Qualifying Tournament
January 26-27, 2018

Walnut Hills High School
3250 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Contact: Rocky Tekulve (513.260.0879) – ftekulve@mercy.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Kent State OH Qualifying Tournament
February 2-3, 2018

Kent State University
Kent State Student Center
Ballroom – 2nd Floor
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, OH 44242

Contact: Jackie Ruller – jruller@kent.edu

 

Qualifying Tournament fee: $125 (2017-2018)

All teams including students, coaches and mentors must have signed consent forms to participate in any FIRST events. Teams must use the electronic forms, as this is the most convenient submission method. Electronic Consent and Release forms “cover” individuals at all 2017-18 FIRST competition events (students and their parents access the electronic form in STIMS; adult mentors in TIMS). A hard-copy Consent and Release form is available for download.

Special Notes:

  • Only teams who qualify at one of the OH Qualifiers may advance to championship. (Exception: We may hold open a few slots at the championship for teams that find themselves in extenuating circumstances. Such teams must apply for exceptions and their situation will be assessed by the tournament managers before a decision is reached.)
  • OH Qualifiers and the Championship event will be conducting software inspections the evening before the tournament. This may require some teams to spend the night.  It will not be necessary for the whole team to come on Friday evening. One or two team members can bring the robot that evening and the rest of the team can arrive on Saturday morning. Only in exceptional circumstances will we conduct software inspections on Saturday morning and this must be approved by the Ohio Affiliate Partner in advance.
  • Teams who are no-shows or who pull out of a OH Qualifier without providing at least a 10 day advanced notice may forfeit a slot at the OH Championship. Tournament registration fees will not be refunded unless teams give a 30 day notice of non-participation. There will be a $25 handling fee for all cancellations.
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