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North Texas FTC Regional Championship
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
(47 teams as of 2020-02-10)
127 Fighting Pickles, Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Mansfield
6566 Circuit Breakers, Aledo High School, Aledo
6832 Iron Reign, School of Science and Engineering, Dallas
7172 Technical Difficulties, Technical Difficulties, Plano
8406 Filthy Horde, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists, Community Team, Plano
8565 Technicbots, FLYSET.org, Plano
8626 Protosurge, UME PREPARATORY ACADEMY, Dallas
8811 Robo*Bison Amistad, Sunset High School, Dallas
9010 Robotic Rangers, Prince of Peace Christian School, Carrollton
9161 Overload, Aledo High School, Aledo
9386 E + E Robotics, E + E Robotics, Frisco
9511 Low Voltage, Harmony Science Academy – Carrollton, Carrollton
9626 Hockabots, The Hockaday School, Dallas
10143 Aero, Harmony School of Innovation -, Fort Worth
11085 MHS Mad Hackers, Mansfield High School, Mansfield
11341 ViBøTs, Vines, Plano
11425 MAVBOTS, Murphy Middle School Plano ISD, Murphy
11563 Hedrick Garage, Hedrick Middle School, Flower Mound
12430 (J) NEST, Wylie East High School, Wylie
12791 Hazardous Narwhals, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
12919 TechnoWarriors, Coppell, Irving
12929 Electric Lions, McMillen HS, Murphy
12977 Rust In Peace, Plano West Senior High School, Plano
13213 Psi Fighters, Neighborhood, Frisco/Allen/Plano
13227 Mechanicats, Woodrow Wilson HS Academy of Engineering, Dallas
13472 The Dork Side, Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Fort Worth
13542 Typhoon, Emmett J Conrad High School Chargers, Dallas
13811 High Voltage, Aledo High School, Aledo
13916 Retrobots, Woodrow Wilson HS Academy of Engineering, Dallas
14355 Jaguar FTC 1, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
14415 Ball Lightning, Ferris ISD: Ferris High School, Ferris
14524 PESHBots, Plano East Senior High School, Plano
14786 Desert Camels-Jaguar FTC, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
14881 Be Gone Bots, FMHS Tech Club, Flower Mound
14904 Lakehill Bionicles, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas
14962 Robo-Sapiens, Hughes Springs High School, Hughes Springs
15084 Envision, Lowery Freshman Center, Allen
15176 Broken Axles, Broken Axles, Plano
15648 Wonder Pets, Alcuin School, Dallas
16012 BlazingBots, Hillsboro Jr High, Hillsboro
16176 CDA Circuit Breakers, Coram Deo Academy, Plano
16272 Mark X, Wheelhouse robotics, Irving
16405 Federal Bot Institute, Renner Middle School Plano ISD, Plano
16859 Starfleet, SRA – Stem & Robotics Academy, Frisco
16985 Shockwave, Emmett J Conrad High School Chargers, Dallas
17294 Over Drive, Independence High School, Frisco
– 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.