The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 15, 2020, 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 2020.
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Invited Team List
(34 teams as of 2020-01-22)
127◇ The Fighting Pickles, , Mansfield
6566◇ Circuit Breakers, , Aledo
6832◇ Iron Reign, , Dallas
7172 Technical Difficulties, Technical Difficulties, Plano
8406 Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
8418◇ The League of Legendary Scientists, , Plano
8565 Technicbots, FLYSET.org, Plano
8626◇ ProtoSurge, , Dallas
9010 Robotic Rangers, Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton
9054 Viridian Robotics, Greenhill School, Addison
9511 Low Voltage, Harmony Science Academy – Carrollton, Carrollton
9626 Hockabots, The Hockaday School, Dallas
11085◇ MHS, , Mansfield
11425 MAVBOTS, Murphy Middle School Plano ISD, Murphy
11563 Hedrick Garage, Hedrick Middle School, Flower Mound
12430 (J) NEST, Wylie East High School, Wylie
12919◇ TechnoWarriors, , Irving
12929 Electric Lions, McMillen HS, Murphy
12977◇ Rust In Peace, , Plano
13141◇ The P-51 Mustangs: Team Inspire, , Richardson
13213◇ Psi-fighters, , Plano
13542◇ RoboChargers – Typhoon, , Dallas
13811◇ High Voltage, , Aledo
14415 Ball Lightning, Ferris ISD: Ferris High School, Ferris
14415◇ Ball Lightning, , Ferris
14524 PESHBots, Plano East Senior High School, Plano
14786◇ Desert Camels – Jaguar FTC4 – #14786, , Flower Mound
14962 Robo-Sapiens, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
15084◇ Envision, , Allen
16012◇ Blazing Bots, , Hillsboro
16176◇ CDA Circuit Breakers, , Plano
16336◇ BBQ, , Dallas
16985◇ RoboChargers – Shockwave, , Dallas
17294 Over Drive, Independence High School, Frisco
◇ not yet registered for the event
– 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.