3rd Annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD FLL Scrimmage (FULL)

2017-11-04 @ 8:00am - 1:00pm, Grapevine Middle School
Registration for this event is full.


Announcing the 3rd Annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Scrimmage

November 4, 2017
Grapevine Middle School
Register here. ( Registration is full, but you may wish to contact the organizers anyway. )

The collective FLL Robotics Teams of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are hosting a Scrimmage. You can begin reserving spots on October 21, 2017 at 9:00 am.  There will be slots open to 23 FLL Teams outside of the GCISD District teams and a total of 36 teams competing. Registration opens October 21, 2017 at 9 am and closes October 28, 2017 at 5 pm or when all 23 available slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Anyone, including teams and coaches who do not want to compete, but want to see how competitions work and what other teams are doing, is welcome to attend as well. If you would like to attend in this non-competitive capacity, please contact Nate Dunn directly for planning purposes. Additionally, if you have any other questions or concerns, or want to come and observe but not compete, please contact our Scrimmage Site Coordinator: Nate Dunn at nate.dunn@gcisd.net

This will be a Robot Games only Scrimmage– there will be no judging sessions for Project, Core Values, or Robot Design.

2017 FLYSET FLL Hydrodynamics Scrimmage

2017-11-19 @ 2:00pm - 5:45pm, QD Academy

FLYSET.org and affiliated FTC teams 12810 (QuantumX) and 8565 (TechnicBots) are hosting an FLL scrimmage for local FLL teams to test out their robots on playing fields and get hyped for the upcoming FLL qualifiers. The aim of this event is to give FLL teams a taste of what a competition is like and give them a chance to learn from other teams.

The scrimmage will consist of Robot Games only and each team will participate in a minimum of 3 matches. Due to resource limits, a maximum of 16 teams will be allowed to participate in the scrimmage. Sign-up is first come first serve.

Register at http://flyset.org/2017-fll-hydrodynamics-scrimmage/ .  Registration will open on Oct 31 at 9:00am.

Competition fields and mission models will be supplied. We greatly appreciate FLL team 31485 (Lego Maniacs) and FLL team 31452(Terminator) for providing the competition mission models. Teams CAN bring their own fields and/or models in their pit area in addition to their robot kits and their laptops, but space is very limited. One charging station will be setup to charge the robots and laptops (Not cellphones).

All teams should also bring printed team roster page to confirm team members’ online waiver status.


Light Concessions (soda, chips, candy, water etc.) will be available for purchase. Cash only. Please do not eat in the the gym.


2:00 – 2:30 Check-in and Setup in Pit Area

2:30 – 5:30 Robot Games

5:30 – 5:45 Wrap-Up and Pit Area Clean-up


FTC Clinic – Logistics (UME Prep)

2017-10-21 @ 10:00am - 2:00pm, UME Preparatory Academy
This event is intended for FTC mentors and teams.
Attention all FTC teams of North Texas! UME Preparatory Academy’s team 11097 Cyber Surge is hosting a Logistics Clinic on October 21, 2017, from 10am-2pm. Topics covered will include the Engineering Notebook, awards and how to get them, Outreach, and more!
Please RSVP and spread the word using the event flyer. Send any questions to ftc11097ume@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

North Texas FTC Regional Championship

February 10, Wylie East High School

The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 10, 2018, at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas. Forty-eight teams will be competing for awards and a chance to attend the FTC South Super Regional Championship on March 8-10 Athens, Georgia.

Quick notes

– 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)
– REQUESTED: Anyone have a practice field they can bring?

Practice field wanted

If anyone has an extra field they can bring on Saturday to be used as practice field, that would be a big help. (We have five fields already — four competition and one practice — but really want a sixth.) Drop me an email note if this can be you.

Alternatively, if anyone can bring a full field of game elements but can’t bring the border walls/tiles, let us know that and I can likely get a set of walls+tiles there to be used.

Event Overview


The teams have been divided into two divisions: “Ruby” and “Sapphire”. Each division contains 24 teams as generated by Dave Davis, our Associate FTC Affiliate Partner for North Texas. A list of team division assignments is here. Each division will run a 24-team tournament with 5 qualification rounds and elimination rounds to produce a Division Winning Alliance, just like at a normal qualifying tournament. The two Division Winning Alliances will then compete to determine the Championship Winning Alliance and Championship Finalist Alliances for the North Texas FTC Regional Championship.

All 48 teams will be competing for the same set of judged awards. Seven teams will advance from this championship to the South Super Regional FTC Championship being held March 8-10 in Athens, Georgia.

Location, parking, schedule

Wylie East High School is at 3000 Wylie East Drive in Wylie, Texas. Maps and parking directions are attached. Doors will open to teams around 7:30am, with judging and inspections starting as early as 8:15am.

When the team arrives, please have a coach or mentor representative come to the primary entrance and go to the team check-in table. All teams are required to bring a completed FIRST roster (available via the FIRST Dashboard) showing that all members have Consent/Release forms on file with FIRST. If there are any members without electronically filed release forms, be sure to bring a printed copy with you (also available via the Dashboard). Anyone not having the Consent/Release form will not be allowed to participate in the competition. At check-in your team representative will receive a packet containing any updates for the day and your team can proceed to one of the pit areas.

Each division will have its own pit-area gymnasium with a practice field. Remember that safety glasses are REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE in the pit areas. All teams can enter and load-in through the primary entrance to the athletics wing; we may also have side doors open for loading/unloading directly equipment into the pit area gyms. The parking map shows the side gymnasium entrances (and parking nearby to those entrances).

We will provide pizza lunch (mix of pepperoni, sausage, cheese pizzas) and bottled water for all teams and coaches. We also expect to have some concessions available for purchase as well. Food and drinks will not be allowed in the pit areas or competition gymnasium.

Tournament notes

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.

Some specific issues we have observed throughout the season with respect to inspection include:

– Improper power switch (<RE01>). In particular, the power switch that is built-in to the Modern Robotics Core Power Distribution Module is *not* legal as a power switch in this season’s game and will not be accepted at the championship. The only switches permitted are those from TETRIX, MATRIX, or REV Robotics.
– Incorrect or mismatched software versions (<RS02> and <RS07>). The minimum required software version is 3.3, and the Driver Station and Robot Controller phones must be using the same version of the software.
– Improper Android Devices (<RS03>). The only allowed Android devices are those listed in <RS03>. We are likely to enforce this requirement more strictly, as the use of unapproved devices has been known to be a factor at previous events.
– Wi-Fi Direct Channel Changing App on ZTE Robot Controller phones (<RS09>).
– Improper or missing team numbers on the sides of robots (<RG05>). Team numbers must be 2.5″ high, at least 0.5″ stroke width, a contrasting color from their background, and visible from at least two opposite sides of the Robot.
– No Alliance Flag Holder (<RG04>). Alliance Flag holders must be mounted at the TOP of the robot and the flag clearly visible throughout the match — it cannot be buried inside the middle of the robot.

We highly recommend that teams self-evaluate using the official Robot Inspection and Field Inspection checklists available at the FIRST website before arriving at the competition.

After your FIRST events are done…

For those school teams that are a part of UIL, don’t forget that your season may continue even after this one! The top UIL-eligible teams from this event will be invited to compete at the Texas FTC UIL Robotics State Championship on May 18-19 in Austin. Save the dates.

And for those teams coming from private and parochial schools aligned with TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools), you may similarly be getting an invitation to the FTC TAPPS Championship scheduled for May 12 in Waco. Also save the dates.

So regardless of what happens this Saturday, keep in mind that there may be more statewide championship and off-season events coming up later this year!

Best of luck to everyone at the championship — we look forward to a great tournament!

FTC Qualifier at Williams HS

January 27, Williams High School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Williams High School in Plano, Texas.

Teams scheduled to attend as of 2018-01-17:

5598 The PIT Crew
6635 Panthers
6795 Panthers 3
7172 Technical Difficulties
8204 mint++; (incrimint)
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists
9608 Cyberpride
10914 Team Delta
11164 Electric Boogaloo
11339 Williams Warriors Robotics
11341 ViBoTs
11419 Jasper Jaguar Robotics
11425 Murphy Maverick Robotics
11472 Rice Ravenclaw
11594 FireCats
12061 Buccaneer Engineers
12106 iTRIED
12430 Raider Robotics
12900 Schim Robotics
12925 CowBots
12926 P@NTH∑R5 R0B0T1C5
12927 Dewese’z Reese’z Piece’z
12930 ScitoboRRobotics
12977 Rust in Peace
13213 Psi Fighters
13850 Raider Robotics 2
12688 Bass Noise
12690 Lost Cause
10573 Garza Robotics


FTC Qualifier at Bethesda Christian School

January 27, Bethesda Christian School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth, Texas.

More information about this event will be available soon.  More information about qualifying tournaments in North Texas is available here.

Teams registered for this event as of 2018-01-09:

6566 Circuit Breakers
6728 Frostbyte
8130 Vikings
8242 Steerminatorz
8346 Lorotech 1
9161 Overload
9886 MESH
10577 ThunderChicks
10756 Purple Vipers JV
10945 Toaster Squad
11030 Metal Jackets
12577 Eastside Robotics
12764 RoboVik
12874 Lorotech 3
13110 Southwest Robotics
13509 Lorotech 1
13539 RoboChargers – Thunder
13542 RoboChargers – Typhoon
13551 Road Runner Robotics
13780 Steer Clear
13783 ThunderChicksToo
13811 High Voltage
10985 Toxic Geckos

FTC Qualifier at Hedrick Middle School

January 20, Hedrick Middle School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville, Texas.

Teams competing at this event as of 2017-01-09:

5970 The Ambassadors
8114 Lewisville HS
8514 BA GREEN: Robotonics
8811 Robo*Bison Amistad
9054 Viridian
9167 Robosapiens
9256 Robo*Bison Esfuerzo
9511 Dallas Nation
10526 BA WHITE: Structural Rampage
10573 Garza Robotics
11327 Tech Avatars
11419 Jasper Jaguar Robotics
11745 Red Scare
11761 Theory of Robotivity
12034 Euless RC
12167 FABOO
12619 FTC Master Mechanics
12791 Junior Jags
12977 Rust in Peace
13227 Mechanicats
13489 Al Quinn
13644 Bobcat Robotics
13819 Tigers
13916 Retrobots
12929 Electric Lions


FTC Qualifier at Wylie East HS

January 13, Wylie East High School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas.

Teams competing at this event as of 2018-01-09:

3734 Imperial Robotics
3899 Terror Bytes
6832 Iron Reign
7172 Technical Difficulties
7904 HSA Dallas Robotigers
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists
8565 Technicbots
8626 Prototypes
9386 Elmer & Elsie Robotics
11097 Cybersurge
11339 Williams Warriors Robotics
11341 ViBoTs
11366 The Smarty Party
11425 Murphy Maverick Robotics
11563 Hedrick Garage
11594 FireCats
11629 Todoians
11791 Marvin the Martian
12061 Long Buccaneer Engineers
12430 Raider Robotics
12810 QuantumX
12930 ScitoboRRobotics
13376 Cyber Wolves
13850 Raider Robotics 2


FTC Qualifier at TCC – Trinity River Campus

January 6, Trinity River Campus – TCC

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

Please bear in mind that the schedule may have to adapt to changing circumstances throughout the day and it is each team’s responsibility to keep up with those changes.

The competition will take place at the TCC Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle in Fort Worth. When arriving at the campus, we suggest unloading teams and equipment at the Rotunda (circle drive), then proceed to the parking garage off of Belknap Street and park on the 3rd or 4th levels. Buses and other large vehicles not suited for the parking garage should head to the Overflow Parking off of Henderson Street.

Doors will open around 7:30am and the competition will be on the second floor in Action Room A. Come up the elevators and proceed to the team registration table. Coaches should supply a completed team roster (available via the FIRST Dashboard) and any Consent/Release Forms for people not listed or released in the FIRST-provided team roster. You will receive a packet containing any schedule updates for the day, and your teams can proceed to the Pit Area in Action Room A.

We are planning to provide pizza and bottled water for teams and mentors at this event — we will have a mix of pepperoni, sausage, and cheese pizzas available.

COACHES: DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR TEAM ROSTERS AND CONSENT/RELEASE FORMS with you. Any team without a valid roster cannot participate — any team members without a Consent/Release form on file cannot participate. See the “How to Prep for an Event” blogpost at http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/2016/11/how-to-prep-for-event.html .

For more information, contact patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu .

Teams competing at this event as of 2017-01-04:

4745 Thorn’s Army
5970 The Ambassadors
6169 Men in Black
6566 Circuit Breakers
6728 FrostByte
8130 Vikings
8291 Bulldog Robotics
8406 Filthy Horde
8626 Prototypes
9161 Overload
9886 MESH
10437 Robo-Sapiens
10985 Toxic Geckos
11097 Cyber Surge
11676 Lexan Pixies
12577 Eastside Robotics
12688 Bass Noise
12690 Lost Cause
13075 Coram Deo Robotics
13472 The Dork Side
13551 Road Runner Robotics
13657 Wonder Women
13662 Cujo Cougars
13811 High Voltage