The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 23, 2019, at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas. Forty-eight teams will be competing for awards and a chance to attend the FTC World Championship in Houston, Texas in April 2019.
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Teams invited to the Regional Championship
(21 teams as of 2019-01-07)
5970 The Ambassadors, Bethesda Christian School, Fort Worth
6566 Circuit Breakers, Aledo High School, Aledo
6832 Iron Reign, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas
7172 Technical Difficulties, Technical Difficulties, Plano
8114 Fighting Farmers, Lewisville High School, Lewisville
8406 Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
8565 Technicbots, FLYSET.org, PLANO
8811 RoboBison Amistad, Sunset HS, Dallas
9010 Robotic Rangers, Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton
9045 Motorhead, Greenhill School, Addison
11366 The Smarty Party, Hendrick Middle School, Plano
11563 Hedrick Garage, Hedrick Middle School, Lewisville
11676 Lexan Pixies, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
12503 POPBOTICS!, Prince of Peace Christian School, Plano
12977 Rust In Peace, Plano West Senior High School, Plano
13227 Mechanicats, Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas
13472 The Dork Side, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Fort Worth
13542 RoboChargers – Typhoon, Conrad HS, Dallas
13552 RoboChargers – Terremoto, Conrad HS, Dallas
14786 Desert Camels, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
14962 Robo-Sapiens, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
– REMEMBER: Gracious Professionalism (remind your teams!)
– REQUIRED: Arrange payment of team’s registration fees
– REQUIRED: Remember your team roster, consent/release forms for additional members
– REQUIRED: Bring safety glasses for everyone in pit areas and competition area
– REQUIRED: Engineering notebook
– REQUIRED: Robot (and batteries, controllers, etc.)
– RECOMMENDED: Self-inspect robots prior to Saturday (see forms)
Overall, keep in mind that this is a championship-level tournament which means that teams will be performing at a higher-level throughout the day and potentially at a faster pace than qualifying tournaments. We expect teams to know where they should be and when, to proactively and promptly appear for judging, robot inspection, and matches so as to keep things moving smoothly, and to exhibit Gracious Professionalism throughout the entire event with other teams, volunteers, event officials, and spectators.
Our previous message to teams contained specific notes regarding robots and inspection — be sure to review and address any issues prior to arriving on Saturday. We never like to have a robot fail inspection, but the size and time constraints of this event means we may not have as much flexibility to “hold” inspections open as is sometimes done at earlier-season events.
With respect to judging, we encourage all teams to re-review the Award Descriptions in Game Manual Part I, section 10 — especially those bolded sections regarding the required elements of the Engineering Notebook (section 10.2.4). Judges will be following these requirements closely, and will be looking for clear examples of Engineering Design Process via the Notebook.
Also, a note for veteran teams: Note that the distinctions between Connect and Motivate are now better delineated than in previous seasons. Some activities that teams have previously identified as applying towards the Connect Award are now more closely aligned with the Motivate Award. The judges have also asked us to advise teams with multi-year or multi-team coordinated efforts to clearly differentiate the work of this year’s team from past team efforts or those of partner teams.
For robot and field inspection, robot inspection is likely to be more rigorous than what you may have experienced at a qualifier. Robots that are unable to pass inspection by the end of the inspection period will be unable to participate in qualification matches. And the fact that an inspector passed (or overlooked) a robot at a previous event doesn’t mean it will pass at the Championship.