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2018 Quad Cities FTC Kickoff Recap

2018  Quad Cities 
FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff Recap 


The 4th annual, Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Kickoff was held on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  The kickoff was attended by 29 Iowa & Illinois FTC teams with an estimated 350 attendees.

The event is hosted by John Deere at their World Headquarters in Moline in partnership with the Quad City Engineering and Science Council, Quad Cities FTC Community, FIRST Illinois Robotics and FTC Iowa.  

Link to photos from the event 

If you attended the event or would like to support the 2019 Quad Cities FTC Kickoff, please submit as survey using this link.

The kickoff offered teams an exciting opportunity to see this year’s game revealed live with the full field setup, network with other FTC teams and key volunteers and strategize about the new season. The breakout sessions shared key knowledge and experiences to help all teams to have a great season.  The event was supported by several returning FTC Teams that have previously participated at the North Super Regional and the FIRST World Championships.

Click here for the Detailed Event Schedule & FTC Key Resources 

A special thanks to all of the event presenters, volunteers, and the event planning team including:

  • Event coordinator – Rod Brown
  • Keynote, Dick Hurban
  • Co-Emcees  Eddie Mercado & Pat Barnes
  • Breakout presenters & resources stations:
    • Eric Johnson, John Deere
    • Bruce Hutton, John Deere
    • Finger Puppet Mafia #8588
    • Combustible Lemons #5466
    • The Winter Soldiers #8813 
    • Robo Minions #11142
    • Grant Houseman, Deviation from the Norm #6093 & Everything That’s Radical #7196
    • Joe Bormann, Stripped Servos #12419
    • Dan D’Alessandro, John Deere Retiree
    • Robotic Rams #6596

2018 QC FTC Kickoff Planning Team:
Rod Brown, Overall Event Coordinator
Pat Barnes 
Rashmi Choudhary
Jason Dennhardt
Audrey Knoll
Sue Kunzeman
Eddie Mercado
Ray Parrish
Sravanthi Vedula

Listing of FTC Teams that Pre-Registered for the Event:

Key Links:

  • Photos from Quad Cities Previous FTC Kickoffs in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
  • Link to Information on FIRST Tech Challenge on FIRST Website
  • Link to FIRST Illinois FTC website
  • Link to FTC Iowa website
  • Link to John Deere FIRST Grant application
  • Link to Rockwell Collins FIRST grant application