DPRG 22nd Roborama Competition

May 13 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm, Dallas Makerspace

This spring, dprg_logo_250x225Dallas Personal Robotics Group (DPRG) will conduct its 22nd annual Roborama competition. The competition will be held on  the 13th of May, 2017  at the Dallas Maker Space located at:
1825 Monetary Lane
Suite 104
Carrollton, TX 75006

The competition will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 4:00 PM. The event consists of four indoor contests. Roborama is open to the public. Anyone can compete and all are welcome to watch.

The competition contests are:

  • Plastic Fasteners-only Sumo  (students only)
  • Line Following (both Beginning and Advanced with student and adult divisions)
  • Big Table Top 2 (open to anyone)
  • Can-Can Soccer (open to anyone)

Start times for student events:

Plastic Fasteners-only Sumo will start at 11:00 AM, followed by Beginner (student division) Line Following. Student events should be completed by 2:00 PM.  The Sumo rings are open for practice between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.


Pre-registering helps the events run more smoothly and makes sure you are aware of any important news about the events. Also, the Plastic Fasteners-only Sumo event has a limit on the number of teams that can participate. Pre-registered teams are given priority.

2017 UIL FTC State Championship

May 19 - May 20, Austin Convention Center

The UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division for FIRST Tech Challenge will be held on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th (See Schedule page) at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. 64 UIL eligible FIRST Tech Challenge teams (32 from 1A to 4A schools and 32 from 5A and 6A schools) will qualify based on their performance at their FIRST Texas Region Championship tournaments (See Qualification page) and compete in two separate tiers.


For more information, see http://firstintexas.org/uil/state-championship/ .

Plastic Fastener Sumo Workshop

May 6 @ 10:00am - 2:00pm, Dallas Makerspace

DPRG is proud to announce its annual Plastic Fastener Sumo Workshop. The  workshop will be manned by experienced volunteers from the Iron Reign FTC team and DPRG members to help participants in the Roborama 2017 competitions (or similar) plastic fastener Sumo contest. If you need help with your Lego or Vex IQ system Sumo or line follower robot, this is where you want to be on Saturday, May 6th. The purpose of the workshop is to help competitors either get started or improve their Lego or VEX IQ based Sumo or line follower robot.

The workshop will be held at the Dallas Makerspace located at 1825 Monetary Ln #104, Carrollton, TX 75006 (map) between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 6th in the Interactive Classroom. The courses will remain setup until 4:00 PM for practice after the workshop.

You must bring your robot or robot parts (don’t forget your battery and charger). No parts will be provided.

In addition to the workshop, the courses for other Roborama contests will be set up so that they can be used to test robots and practice for the competition.

The event is open to everyone.

Wild West Robot Rumble

May 13, Splash Kingdom Wild West Waterpark

Finally after much planning and some unexpected delays, here are the details to what I think is the most adventurous off season robot contest of its kind in North Texas involving FLL teams.  The Wild West Robot Rumble will happen on Saturday, May 13 at Splash Kingdom Wild West Waterpark in Hudson Oaks near Ft. Worth.  The contest will include FLL Animal Allies game, sumo wrestling for Lego type robots, Battle Bots for Lego type robots, a line following race, and a team video contest.  Details of all the contest rules will be attached to this email, on Roboplex.org very soon, the Eventzilla sign up website, and directly from me by email.  The contest is open to any FLL team, school, group, or individuals with Lego like robots that want to enter.  We have not limit on the number of groups, robots, or contests you can enter.  Pick and choose what you would like to do.  I want your teams to have fun and be excited about all the possibilities robotics has to offer.  If you’re interested, here is what to do:

  1. Sign up and purchase entry into the park and contest.  Park admission, contest admission, awards, and meal is all tied together in one simple package for ease of entry.  The cost is $25(plus tax, unless you are non-taxable) per student or adult wanting to attend.  The price is the same regardless of the number of robots or contests you want to enter.  You sign up for admission through the website and can pay by credit card there as well.  If you are using other payment methods, it will allow you to partly register without payment.  However, payment must be made before the contest to complete entry.  Specific questions about this should be emailed directly to me.
  2. Once I have your sign up information, I will contact you about what contest(s) your kids want to enter and how to enter them.
  3. Arrive at Splash Kingdom on that Saturday for a great time of fun, robots, and water!

Again, if you have very specific questions, please email them directly to me.  General comments or questions can be posted to  North Texas FLL Goggle group or sent directly to me as well.  Thanks for your interest, survey results, and feedback.  I hope many of you can enter and use this to grow and promote your programs.

Additional posts with more details will follow as the contest nears.


Also, I will need referees for the various contests.  If you are interested, email me directly.  Referees and contest officials will receive free entry to the park.

http://skwildwestrobotrumble.eventzilla.net/   (Sign up here.  You can also pay by CC here.  Email me after signing up if paying by check or purchase order.)

Michael Young
Grand Saline Middle School
6th grade Science
6th/7th/8th grade Robotics
UIL Director
Coach of FLL Teams: 19366 Real Steel, 19367 Radioactive Tater-Bots, 19368 Nimrod Squad, 19369 When Pigs Fly, 23224 Loose Screws, 23354 Bird Brains,23590 Space Unicorns, 23591 Gummy Gears, and 29804 Spare Me 2.

Yellowjacket Blacklight Bug Zapper [CANCELED]

May 6, Ferris High School

[05/01] This event has been canceled.  :(


Ferris High School (FTC 11242 – ERROR 404) is hosting an off-season blacklight Velocity Vortex tournament on Saturday, 06-May-2017.

The tournament will be capped at 20 teams and registration is $50/team. Teams can register at the following:

[event canceled]

Teams will compete in fast-paced qualification rounds in the morning, followed by alliance selection, and then elimination rounds in the afternoon.

The entire tournament will be held in blacklight at Ferris High School – 1025 E. 8th St, Ferris, TX, 75125.

Best Regards,
Eric Evans, M.Ed.
CTE – STEM Teacher
Robotics & Computer Science
Ferris High School
1025 E. 8th Street, Ferris, TX, 75125
Phone: (972) 544-3737
Web: http://www.funmultiplies.com

2017 UIL FRC State Championship

May 19 - May 20, Austin Convention Center

The UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division for FIRST Robotics Competition will be held on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th (See Schedule page) at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. 32 UIL eligible FIRST Robotics Competition teams will qualify based on their performance at all their FIRST Regional competitions in Texas (See Qualification page).

For more information see http://firstintexas.org/uil/state-championship/ .

Volunteers wanted for North Texas FTC Regional Championship

Hello everyone!

We are looking for volunteers for the North Texas FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Championship.  The Regional Championship will be held on Saturday February 25th at Ford Middle School in Allen.  Forty eight (48!) of the top teams in North Texas will compete to determine regional winners and opportunities to advance to the next level of competition.

We’re planning this to be a showcase event for the year, and we’re looking for volunteers to help with the event in all areas.  Due to the expanded size of this event we need more judges, referees, and inspectors than in previous qualifier or league events.  Of course there are many other roles that we will be filling, including scorekeepers, runners, queuers, announcers, and the like. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before or feel like you might not be qualified… training is available and we have experts to help guide you.  And if you’re looking at coaching or mentoring a team in future competitions, then volunteering (e.g. as a judge) is an outstanding way to see what the top teams are doing and understand how things work “behind the scenes”.

Judging is an all-day commitment consisting of panel interviews and observations of teams and robots in action.  Ideally, judging panels are comprised of people with a technical background along with those with skills in communication and outreach. No one will judge alone.

Referees observe team matches to observe rule violations and “call” them.  They also keep track of which elements have been scored and record these items on scoresheets.  There is online training to become a referee and a certification exam (which usually isn’t very hard). Refereeing also gives you “the best seats in the house” for watching the matches take place.  :)

Inspectors meet with teams in the morning to check robot designs for safety and compliance with build rules and restrictions.  This involves going through a short checklist of items for each robot, informing teams of any infractions that will prevent the robot from competing or certifying the robots as being compliant with the game requirements.  This also has training materials and a short certification exam for the role.

To learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge, check out http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc .

Registering as an event volunteer is a two-step process.  First go to the Volunteer Registration System site, https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_Login.aspx .  It can be a bit confusing, so here is a video about how to create a new VIMS account: http://www.screencast.com/t/pTL7rCsb   If you already have a VIMS account from volunteering in a previous event or season, you should use that account.

Then select “Apply for an event” tab, select “FTC” as the program, select “Texas” as the state/province, and enter “North Texas” in the “Search event by name” field.  You can also search by ZIP code by entering “75002” as the ZIP code. You can then select the event and add any event roles you would like to have.   We’re always happy to have “Assign Me as Needed” volunteers, but we also encourage you to indicate your preference for any other roles you would like to have at the event.  We will want an array of volunteers: concessions, referees, judges, inspection, load in, load out, queuers, etc… so please feel free to forward this information to any friends or colleagues who may be interested in helping.

Please contact Patrick Michaud at <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu> if you have any questions.  Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon.


North Texas FTC Regional Championship

February 25 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm, Ford Middle School

The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 25, 2017 at W E Pete Ford Middle School (630 Park Place Dr., 75002) in Allen, TX. Forty-eight teams will be competing for awards and a chance to attend the FTC South Super Regional Championship on March 23-25 in Athens, Georgia.

Event format: This year’s regional championship will be a dual-division event.  All teams will compete for the same set of event-wide judged awards.  The robot game will be organized into two divisions of 24 teams each.  Each division will separately play five rounds of qualification matches, then go through alliance selection and elimination rounds to produce a Winning Alliance for each division.  The two division Winning Alliances will then play against each other to determine the Championship Winning Alliance and Championship Finalist Alliance.

Promote / Compass Awards: If your team is wanting to submit a Promote and/or Compass Award video for competition, please upload the videos to YouTube or some other public video service and forward the URL link to the video(s) to <seec@utdallas.edu> with a subject line of “Promote Award Video for team ###” and/or “Compass Award Video for team ###”.   Be sure the judges will have permissions to view the video.  If you’re unable or do not wish to use a public service to upload your videos, contact Patrick directly at <patrick.michaud@utdallas.edu> and we’ll make arrangements.

Team registration:  Teams that have registered for the Regional Championship:

127 Fighting Pickles, Mansfield
3899 Terror Bytes, Pittsburg
4705 Adamas Robotics, Fort Worth
4707 R2-DCrew, Woodway
4745 Thorn’s Army, Bedford
5443 Synergy, Fort Worth
5970 Ambassadors, Fort Worth
6566 Circuit Breakers, Aledo
6832 Iron Reign, Dallas
7172 Technical Difficulties, Plano
8114 EFFoRT, Lewisville
8130 Vikings, Arlington
8204 Wylie East Robotics, Wylie
8242 Steerminatorz, Fort Worth
8406 Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists, Plano
8514 Circuit Breakers, Dallas
8565 TechnicBots, Plano
8626 The Prototypes, Dallas
8811 RoboBison Amistad, Dallas
9010 Robotic Rangers, Carrollton
9038 Mission Control, Plano
9054 Viridian, Addison
9161 Overload, Aledo
9167 Robosapiens, Dallas
9256 RoboBison Esfuerzo, Dallas
9386 Elmer & Elsie Robotics, Frisco
9403 Hive of Steel, Stephenville
10044 Mecha men, Richardson
10143 Gear Force, Fort Worth
10577 ThunderChicks, Dallas
10579 Lazy 8, Dallas
10985 Cosmo, Fort Worth
10992 Arsenal, Fort Worth
11085 Mad Hackers, Mansfield
11097 Cyber Surge, Dallas
11185 Robotic Revolution, Plano
11366 The Smarty Party, Plano
11419 Jasper Jaguars Robotics, Plano
11745 Robocats I, Dallas
11761 Robocats II, Dallas
11793 Tricerabots, Allen
12048 BoSCo SRRT Alpha, Waco
12167 FABOO/minies, Carrollton

Volunteer! We’re also looking for volunteers for the event… please consider volunteering!

Notes for teams

This is a Championship Event, which means that teams are expected to be prepared and perform at a higher level than at a League or Qualifying event.  Teams should arrive at the event with their robots completely ready for inspection, having already completed the Robot Self-Inspection Checklist .  Matches may also run at a somewhat quicker pace than at earlier tournaments.


FTC Scrimmage at Hedrick Middle School

2016-11-19 @ 8:00am - 5:00pm

Please register for this event:  https://goo.gl/forms/8mkHV7HlMBk7AIGb2

Hello FIRST Tech Challenge teams!

FTC teams 11563 “Hedrick Garage” and 7172 “Technical Difficulties” are pleased to announce a robot workshop and scrimmage for this Saturday, November 19, at Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville. The purpose of the workshop/scrimmage is to allow teams to share ideas and help prepare for upcoming competitions. The tentative schedule for the day is:

10:00 Doors open, robot building, testing, and workshop
12:00 Lunch (teams may need to bring their own lunches)
1:00 Scrimmage matches (and more building)
4:00 Load-out

Even if you don’t have a working or complete robot, we encourage you to attend the event. There will be veteran team members and experts available to help you with your robot and share ideas and suggestions! And yes, we will have scrimmage matches so that people (teams, referees, officials) can become more familiar with the game dynamics, but our main focus for the day is having a fun day with robots and helping everyone get prepared for competitions.

The scrimmage is free of charge, but we ask that you pre-register for the event so we know how many to expect and can send further scrimmage details.  If you are bringing multiple teams, please register once for each team.  Please register if you are coming, even if you don’t have a robot or don’t intend to participate in scrimmage matches.

For more information, contact Patrick Michaud (pmichaud@pobox.com).  We hope to see you on Saturday!

FTC 11563 and FTC 7172

FLL 2016 Scrimmage at Cross Timbers Middle School

2016-11-12 @ 8:00am - 1:00pm, Cross Timbers Middle School

The collective FLL Robotics Teams of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are hosting a Scrimmage on November 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can begin reserving spots on October 22th at 9:00 a.m. by clicking on the SignUp Genius link found below. There will be slots open to 20 FLL Teams outside of the GCISD District teams and a total of 26-28 teams competing.

This will be a Robot Games only Scrimmage- there will be no judging sessions for Project, Core Values, etc..

To register for 2nd Annual GCISD Sponsored Scrimmage at Cross Timbers Middle School:


Registration opens Sat. 10/22 @ 9 a.m. and closes Mon. 10/24 @ 5 p.m. or when all 20 available slots are filled (which ever 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, are welcome to attend, if you would like to attend in this non-competitive capacity, please contact us 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