2012 FTC Championship
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Maryland "Bowled Over" FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Event ReportThirty-two teams came to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on February 25, 2012 to compete for top honors at the Maryland FTC Championship. All the teams were winners, having advanced through five Qualifiers to reach this stage. Our Champions are pictured below, and listed here. Check the sidebar to the right for more pictures and videos from the event, courtesy of TechBrick Robotics.
We want to thank the JHU Applied Physics Lab and all the volunteers for hosting a terrific event. We also thank our national FTC sponsors, Rockwell Collins and PTC, and our Maryland sponsors, including General Dynamics, Network Solutions, the US Army and Army ROTC, and BAE Systems for their support.
Registration at the Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship
Getting ready -- the Drivers' Meeting
Our Field Technical Advisor, David Spangler (right) and Head Referee, Kevin Rudd (in hat)
Opening Ceremonies in the JHU Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center
Our JHU Applied Physics Lab host, Duncan Brown
JHU Applied Physics Lab Assistant Director for Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Jerry Krill
Guest Speaker Capt. Heide Stephanyshyn-Piper, Commanding Officer of the Carderock Naval Surface Warfare Center and former Space Shuttle astronaut
Guest Speaker Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland's 6th District and Vice Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
Maryland FIRST Regional Director, Bill Duncan
Our National Anthem
Getting underway...with big-screen coverage for the audience
Two of the many high lifts...raising the roof on "Bowled Over"
Closing Ceremonies...at the end of a long day filled with shining examples of Gracious Professionalism
A bit of older business...the Judges Award from the Harford Qualifier went to Team 4234 Plutonium Parrots for their help obtaining a last-minute alternate site for the Qualifier in the face of a snow and ice storm.
Our Volunteers of the Year, the Spangler Family (and Allan Cass) from Team 2843 Under the Son, who transported field equipment, setup and played major volunteer roles including FTA, Lead Scorer, Head Queuer and much more at all six events on our Maryland and DC FTC calendar this year...in addition to hosting a scrimmage, workshop sessions, and other exhibitions. We cannot thank them enough for their time, energy and contributions to FIRST throughout the region.
Our Head Judges, Tom Milnes and Ashley Cowell, announce the Award Winners...
Judges' Award Winner: Team 3796 Talons from South River High School in Edgewater, MD
Compass Award Winner: Miss Kelly of Team 5178 The Mech Hawks from South River High School in Edgewater, MD
Promote Award Winner: Team 5233 Vector from Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville, MD
PTC Design Award Winner: Team 4240 4-H Techno Clovers from GEARS/4-H in Garrett County, MD
Motivate Award Winner: Team 2753 Team Overdrive from Teen Technology in Bridgewater, NJ
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner: Team 7 Tactical Sheep from TechBrick in Aberdeen, MD
Connect Award Winner: Team 2843 Under the Son from SSI Robotics in Hollywood, MD
Think Award Winner: Team 4081 The Droids from St. Peter the Rock Home School in Annapolis, MD
Finalist Alliance Captains: Team 2753 Team Overdrive from Teen Technology in Bridgewater, NJ
Finalist Alliance 1st Selection: Team 607 Dragon Slayer from Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD
Finalist Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 5178 Mech Hawks from South River High School in Edgewater, MD
Winning Alliance Captain: Team 4240 4-H Techno Clovers from GEARS/4-H in Garrett County, MD
Winning Alliance 1st Selection: The Original G-FORCE from GEARS/4-H in Garrett County, MD
Winning Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 4451 RoboFoxes from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC
Inspire Award Winner: Team 2818 The Original G-FORCE from GEARS/4-H in Garrett County, MD
Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 2843 Under the Son from SSI Robotics in Hollywood, MD
Third Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 4081 The Droids from St. Peter the Rock Home School in Annapolis, MD
Four Maryland FTC teams have earned invitations to the FIRST Championships in St. Louis in April:
Maryland FTC Championship Inspire Award Winner: Team 2818 The Original G-FORCE
Maryland FTC Championship Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 2843 Under the Son
Delaware FTC Championship Inspire Award Winner: Team 4240 4-H Techno Clovers
Delaware FTC Championship Winning Alliance Captain: Team 7 Tactical Sheep
Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the 2012 Maryland FTC Championship!!