2016-2017 Season

The 2016-2017 game is called Velocity Vortex. The object of the game is to attain a higher Score than the opposing Alliance. In Autonomous period, alliances earn points by: claiming Beacons, moving the Cap Ball off of the Center Vortex base onto the field floor, scoring Particles into their alliance’s Center Vortex or Corner Vortex. Alliances may also gain points by parking their robot in contact with the Center Vortex base or on the Corner Vortex. During the Driver-Controlled period, alliances earn points by scoring Particles into their alliance’s Center Vortex or Corner Vortex. Robots may also claim Beacons for their alliance by triggering them to illuminate their alliance color. There is no limit to the number of times that a Beacon may be triggered. At the end of the Game, the color of the Beacon determines the alliance credited for claiming it. During End Game alliances earn points by raising the Cap Ball off the playing field floor or by capping their Center Vortex with it.

See Velocity Vortex for a overview of the game and http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info for full details.



Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge Events

Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge events for the 2016-2017 season. Qualifying Tournaments and the Championship Tournament follow the Tournaments format. This calendar of events contains Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics hosted events and select Team hosted events. Unless specified, the events listed below are Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics hosted events.

Register for the events below on the Event Registration pageRegistration for Qualifiers is now open!


 Date

 Event Type

Event Name 
Click on name for event details
 Venue
Host's website
 Location 
Google Maps

September 2016
     
Saturday
Sept 10
Kick-off
Pennsylvania FTC Season Kickoff

Philadelphia: Northeast HS



Saturday
Sep 17

Workshop
Design It! Pittsburgh Robert Morris University
Sewall Center
6001 University Blvd
Moon, PA

Sunday
Sep 18

Workshop
Design It! East  TCHS-Brandywine 455 Boot Rd
Downingtown PA
 

Wednesday
Sep 21

Coaches
Call
Philadelphia Coaches Call - 7:00 PM
Eastern Pennsylvania Coaches Call - 8:00 PM
 Philadelphia: GoToMeeting
 East: GoToMeeting
 

Thursday
Sep 22

Coaches
Call
Central and Western Pennsylvania Coaches Call - 8:00 PM
Central / West: GoToMeeting
 

October 2016
     

Saturday
Oct 1

Workshop
Build It! Pittsburgh Gateway High School
Cafeteria
3000 Gateway Campus Blvd
Monroeville, PA 
 
 
Saturday
Oct 1

Workshop  Program It! Harrisburg Harrisburg University of Science and Technology 326 Market St
Harrisburg, PA

Sunday
Oct 2

Workshop
Build It! East TCHS-Brandywine  455 Boot Rd
Downingtown PA
  

Saturday
Oct 15

Workshop Program It! East  TCHS-Brandywine 455 Boot Rd
Downingtown PA
 

Saturday
Oct 15

Workshop Program It! Pittsburgh  Bible Baptist Church  200 Elicker Rd
Plum, PA
Saturday
Oct 22
Workshop /
Scrimmage

Duel on the Delaware Workshop & Scrimmage


 In conjunction with NJ FTC and DE FTC 
Duel on the Delaware - FRC Off-Season Competition

 Salem Community College
Davidow Hall
460 Hollywood Ave
Carneys Point, NJ  

Saturday
Oct 29

Workshop
Drive It! East  TCHS-Brandywine  455 Boot Rd
Downingtown PA

Saturday
Oct 29
 
Workshop
Drive It! Central SciTech High School 215 Market St
Harrisburg, PA

Sunday
Oct 30

Workshop
Drive It! Pittsburgh National Robotics Engineering Center 10 40th St
Pittsburgh, PA

November 2016
     
Saturday
Nov 5
 Scrimmage

Ramp Riot Scrimmage

 Ramp Riot - FRC Off-Season Competition

Wissahickon High School
Lower Cafeteria  
521 Houston Rd
Ambler, PA  

Saturday
Nov 12

Scrimmage
Pittsburgh Area Scrimmage Peters Township Middle School
Gymnasium 
625 East McMurray Rd
McMurray, PA 

Saturday
Nov 12

Scrimmage
The Oxford Open
Oxford Area High School
Gymnasium
705 Waterway Rd

Saturday
Nov 19

Qualifying
Tournament
Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Qualifying Tournament Wissahickon Middle School
Gymnasium  
500 Houston Rd
Ambler, PA
 

Saturday
Nov 19

Team Hosted
Workshop
Philly Chassis Workshop
Hosted by Teams 5320 and 6676
Central High School
 1700 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA
 

December 2016
     

Saturday
Dec 3

Qualifying
Tournament
Pittsburgh Area Qualifying Tournament Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy
Gymnasium
107 Thackeray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
 
 
Sunday
Dec 4

Team Hosted Workshop  Philly Particle Workshop
Hosted by Team 5488
Freire Charter High School
 2027 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 

Saturday
Dec 10

Qualifying
Tournament

Hat Tricks Qualifying Tournament

FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifiers at one event!

Simmons Elementary School
Gymnasium
411 Babylon Rd
Horsham, PA
 
Sunday
Dec 18

 Team Hosted Workshop Philly Beacon Workshop
Hosted by Team 5488
Freire Charter High School 2027 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 

January 2017
     

Saturday
Jan 7

Qualifying
Tournament

Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Qualifying Tournament

Oxford Area High School
Gymnasium

Saturday
Jan 14

Qualifying
Tournament
Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Qualifying Tournament Upper Saint Clair High School
Gymnasium 
1825 McLaughlin Run Rd
Upper St. Clair, PA
 

 Saturday
Jan 14

 Team Hosted Scrimmage Philly Scrimmage
Hosted by Teams 5320 and 6676
Central High School
Gymnasium
1700 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA
 

Saturday
Jan 21

Qualifying
Tournament
South Central Pennsylvania Regional Qualifying Tournament Penn State York 
Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center 
York, PA 

Saturday
Jan 28

Qualifying
Tournament
Philadelphia Qualifying Tournament
Registration is limited to Philadelphia city and select nearby schools
Central High School
Gymnasium
1700 West Olney Ave
Philadelphia, PA
 

February 2017
     

Saturday
Feb 11

Qualifying
Tournament
Lehigh Valley Qualifying Tournament Emmaus High School
Cafeterias 1 and 2
800 Pine St
Emmaus, PA

Saturday
Feb 25

 Championship  Pennsylvania FTC Championship Tournament
Dallastown Intermediate School 
Gymnasium
94 Beck Rd,
York, PA




FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional

FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super-Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC one of the two 2017 FIRST Championships.

Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics is honored to host the East Super-Regional again in 2017.  See http://www.ftceast.org for details.



FIRST Championships

The 2017 FIRST Championships will be held in Houston, Texas (April 19-22, 2017) and St. Louis, Missouri (April 26-29, 2017). See http://www.firstchampionship.org for details