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2018 Eastern Iowa FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Super Qualifier

Updated 2/9/18 at 6:45 AM

Event is free and open the public

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Start time delayed until 10 AM.


Davenport North High School
626 W 53rd St, Davenport, IA 52806



Volunteers should enter from the East entrance; Teams should enter from the West entrance.

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What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
It’s way more than building robots
.   FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

Video on What’s FIRST Tech Challenge      Video on 2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge game challenge FIRST RELIC RECOVERY

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST®LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

Teams Competing:

Team Number

Team Name


4175 MechaMETROzilla Cedar Rapids
4324 Lost In Time Marion
5143 Xcentrics Cedar Rapids
5466 Combustible Lemons Davenport
5913 Drop It Like It’s Bot Marion
5975 CYBOTS Denver
6093 Deviation from the Norm Bettendorf
7247 The H2O Loo Bots Waterloo
7880 The Carnivorous Rabbits Cedar Falls
8588  Finger Puppet Mafia DeWitt
8672 UBett Bettendorf
8695 Tri Hards Cedar Rapids
8696 Trobotix Iowa City
8813 The Winter Soldiers Bettendorf
9708 Sparklebots Cedar Rapids
9925 Delta Robotics Cedar Rapids
9968 CrossFire Cedar Falls
9988 Taft Robotics Cedar Rapids
10107 A League Of Their Own Marion
10547 Mortal Combots Davenport
11142 Robo Minions Rebooted Bettendorf
12753 Interdimensional Robotics Davenport
12754 Wired UP Denver
13857 Tekkaton Iowa City


High Level Schedule:

7:00 AM                                 Setup Volunteers

9:00-10:00 AM                    Teams / Volunteer Check-in & Pits Open

10:00 AM-12:00 PM            Inspections and Team Interviews

12:10-12:30 PM                    Drivers and Coaches Meeting (Match List Released)

12:30-1:30 PM                      Lunch

1:30 PM                                 Opening Ceremonies  (Matches 1-4 Que)

1:45-4:15 PM                        Matches

4:30 PM                                 Alliance Selection

5:00-6:00 PM                      Semi-Final & Final Matches

6:00 PM                               Awards / Closing Ceremonies

6:30 PM                                Clean-up


Building Layout:

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Will be available from approximately 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

70+ volunteers are needed to support the event.  No previous background or technical background is required for many of the volunteer positions with adults, college and high school students eligible to volunteer.

Link to apply to volunteer for any FIRST event including this event.

Information for Teams:


The top then match scores for each league carry over to the league tournament.  As of our last event, the combined standings for both leagues going into the tournament are listed below.

What to bring to check-in:

  • Team roster (from Dashboard) with consent forms not submitted on-line
  • Engineering Notebook (requirements for most of the awards)
  • Complete Robot Inspection Form

Engineering Notebooks:

Most awards require an engineering notebook. Your notebook could be removed from consideration of all awards, if it doesn’t include the following elements:

  • Team name & Team number must appear on the outside of the Notebook
  • Team Summary Page
  • Numbered pages
  • Divided into sections: team section; engineering section; and a team business/strategic plan

Tips from judges on Engineering Notebooks based on past review sessions using tournament rubrics as a guideline to review the quality of the engineering notebooks. Below are some common notebook attributes that both groups of judges felt should be shared with the teams.

Review highlights and areas to focus on:

  • Provide Introductory Information – Table of Contents, Bios, Summary Sheet, etc.
  • Include meeting notes with sketches, lessons Learned, etc.
  • Have a separate Engineering Section that covers:

o   Mechanical Design – Components

o   Programming – Coding – Controls

o   Strategy: How your bot design meets this year’s challenge

  • Business/Financial & Sustainability
  • Outreach
  • Overall Scoring Strategy

Other Reminders:

  • Glasses – safety glasses are required to be worn at all times in the team pit area and around the competition fields.  Failure to wear eye protection in required areas may result in penalization.
  • Field – Overly aggressive contact with the field perimeter may also result in penalization.
  • Coaching – Coaches need to let the teams take complete responsibility for ALL phases of team performance.  This is their day.  Let them be in control.
  • Pace of play – It is extremely important that teams report to their interview/inspection appointments early.  Similarly, failure to queue or take the field when directed may result in the match proceeding without you.  This will only become stricter at State and beyond. Be ready to go on time.
  • Pits – at least one team member should remain in the pits at all times in case judges stop by.
  • Gracious Professionalism – Although every team is hoping to advance, remember that this is not just about winning.  This is about embracing challenge, and supporting each and every team.  Make sure good sportsmanship is on display at ALL times. Judges will be observing GP at all times during the event  – not just during interviews.
  • Have fun!

For questions regarding the event, please contact Greg Smith, FTC League Administrator and Co-Event Coordinator via E-mail or phone 309-502-9289

Photos from Past Quad City area FTC events: