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Pennsylvania FTC Championship

Event Information
Tuesday  5/18/2021 7:30 PM
  Opening Ceremonies (Web Conferencing)
Wednesday  5/19/2021 12:00 AM  Competition Submission Window Opens (Remote Scoring System)
Friday 5/21/2021 7:30 PM  Drivers Meeting (Web Conferencing)
Saturday 5/22/2021
 7:00 AM  Judging Materials Submission Window Closes (Remote Scoring System)

 AM  Judging Interviews (see Remote Scoring System for time slot & web conferencing)

  PM  Follow-up Judging (see Remote Scoring System for time slot & web conferencing)
Sunday 5/23/2021 12 Noon  Competition Submission Window Closes

  4:00 PM  Awards & Closing Ceremonies (Web Conferencing)
Monday 5/24/2021   Event Results Posted to ftc-events.firstinspires.org (Results for this event)
     Trophies Mailed to Award Winners

Remote Event

Registration is required and is by invitation only

Registration Information

Participating Teams

Tournament Results

Full Event Results

Competition Results

Tournament Rankings

RankTeam #Team NameRPTBP1TBP2HSPlayed
18393The Giant Diencephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team31586591956236
27244OUT of the BOX29967291955736
516468Green Lemons18774864553606
714464AI Robotics16704805102946
98645Robotic Doges16114114302886
1018053Before Orange15264142002696
116931The Substantial Monocephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team14434141253106
1216564Digital Devils14014084152666
1614133Lansdale Catholic Cyber Crusaders12024082402346
189791Divide by Zero10094013301946
20100982 Eyed Illuminati9603422502476
2114130To Be Determined6642132751596
2313474MARS: Curiosity?5391831801176

 Judged Awards

Compass Award

The Compass Award recognizes an adult coach or mentor who provided outstanding guidance and support for a FIRST Tech Challenge team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award is determined from candidates nominated by student team members, via a 40-60 second video, highlighting how their mentor has helped them become an outstanding team and has truly demonstrated what it means to be a Gracious Professional.

Winner:  Phil Szymanowski of Team 14133 Lansdale Catholic Cyber Crusaders

Promote Award

The Promote Award is given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teams must submit a one-minute long public service announcement (PSA) video based on the PSA subject for the season. Teams may win the Promote Award only once at a Championship level event and only once at a qualifying level event. PSA Subject for 2020-2021 Season: "Why does FIRST Tech Challenge work?"

Winner: Team 12593 Yantrik

Design Award

The Design Award recognizes design elements of the Robot that are both functional and aesthetic. The Design Award is presented to Teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the Robot's appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the Team. The Robot should be durable, efficiently designed, and effectively address the game challenge.
Here is what the judges had to say:

This team's portfolio is as clean as their deceptively designed robot. MAKE NO MISTAKE, they don't need to turn before they shoot using their sleek turret design. COLOR us crazy, but we really enjoyed hearing about all of the generations of this robot's life. We wanted to write a poem here, but nothing rhymes with orange.

Winner: Team 18053 Before Orange

2nd Place: Team 14130 To Be Determined         3rd Place: Team 6931 The Substantial Monocephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team

Motivate Award

This Team embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team. This judged award celebrates the Team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through Gracious Professionalism and general enthusiasm for the overall philosophy of FIRST and what it means to be a FIRST Tech Challenge Team. This is a Team who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.
Here is what the judges had to say:

This team motivated the game with community service and virtual speakers. They broadcasted over the internet and cable TV, and supported local restaurants with their "pick of the week". They took the OPPORTUNITY and PERSERVERED while sparking CURIOSITY in STEM.

Winner: Team 13474 MARS: Curiosity?

2nd Place: Team 16564 Digital Devils      3rd Place: Team 14423 RoboCorns

Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc.

The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to increase the Robot's functionality in the field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results. The control component should work consistently in the field.
Here is what the judges had to say:

This team demonstrated a high level of understanding of their robot's control system. Their path-following program illustrated their SIGNIFICANT ability to localize on the robot's target path. With a two camera system, this team SUBSTANTIALLY won over the heart of the judges.

Winner: Team 6931 The Substantial Monocephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team

2nd Place: Team 16330 Javengers      3rd Place: Team 12564 Technion

The Collins Aerospace Innovate Award

The Collins Aerospace Innovate Award celebrates a Team that thinks outside the box and has the ingenuity, creativity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the Team that has the most innovative and creative Robot design solution to any specific components in the FIRST Tech Challenge game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and "out of the box" thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole Robot or of a sub-assembly attached to the Robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a Robot does not have to work all the time during Matches to be considered for this award.
Here is what the judges had to say:

This team innovated on all aspects of collecting and shooting rings. Their intake can ingest rings both horizontally and vertically with equal speed. With an always-on transfer system and auto aiming shooter, it is a NO BRAINER that rings end up in the high goal at a high rate.

Winner: Team 8393 The Giant Diencephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team

2nd Place: Team 4149 Terabytes        3rd Place: Team 6378 JayBots

Connect Award

The Connect Award is given to the Team that most connects with their local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts and recognizes that engaging their local STEM community plays an essential part in their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. The Team that wins the Connect Award actively seeks and recruits engineers and explores the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. This Team has a clear Team plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.

Here is what the judges had to say:

This team made meaningful connections to the STEM community and found new mentors to help them learn. With 20/20 VISION they landed connections to the auto industry and consumer robotics. Despite their name, it is no secret that this team has their EYES on the prize.

Winner: Team 10098 2 Eyed Illuminati

2nd Place: Team 13474 MARS: Curiosity?     3rd Place: Team 8645 Robotic Doges

Think Award

The Think Award is given to the Team that best reflects the journey the Team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering content within the portfolio is the key reference for Judges to help identify the most deserving Team. The Team's engineering content must focus on the design and build stage of the Team's Robot.

Here is what the judges had to say:

The journey, the science, and CAD are all there. Checklists and flow charts set this portfolio apart. Wow! Such respect. Much robot.

Winner: Team 8645 Robotic Doges

2nd Place: Team 7244 OUT of the BOX       3rd Place: Team 16330 Javengers

Inspire Award

The Inspire Award is given to the team that best embodies the "challenge" of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST Team. This Team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other Teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This Team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other team, sponsors, their community, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this Team will have showed success in performing the task of designing and building a Robot.

Here is what the judges had to say:

Even with mostly new members this season, this team delivered the whole package of technical and outreach activities. In a season where COVID brought so many things to a screeching halt, it didn't slow down this team's outreach to both the technical community and to help local essential workers. To reach their Ultimate Goals, they successfully implemented a FIRE & FORGET strategy.

Winner: Team 7244 OUT of the BOX

2nd Place: Team 8393 The Giant Diencephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team      3rd Place: Team 10098 2 Eyed Illuminati

Dean's List Award

In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the most outstanding FIRST Tech Challenge students, the Kamen family sponsors an Award for selected top students known as the FIRST Dean’s List. Since its introduction in 2010, the FIRST Dean’s List Award has attracted the attention of prestigious colleges and universities who desire to recruit FIRST Dean’s List students.

Criteria for selection of the FIRST Dean's List shall include, but not be limited to a student's:
  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST; 
  • Interest in and passion for a long term commitment to FIRST and its ideals; 
  • Overall individual contribution to their team; 
  • Technical expertise and passion; 
  • Entrepreneurship and creativity; 
  • Ability to motivate and lead fellow team members; and 
  • Ability to effectively increase awareness of FIRST in their school and community. 

Congratulations to the Pennsylvania Dean's List Finalists

 Student Team # Team Name Location
 Kush Bandi8393 The Giant Diencephalic BrainSTEM Robotics Team Baden, PA
 Celina Whitmer18053 Before Orange Pittsburgh, PA
 Kavish Saini7244 OUT of the BOX Thorndale, PA