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2014 FTC Championship

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Maryland "FTC Block Party" FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Event Results

Thirty-two teams came to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on February 22, 2014 to compete for top honors at the Maryland FTC Championship.  All the teams were winners, having advanced through six Qualifiers to reach this stage.  Our Award Winners are listed here and pictured below.  Check the sidebar for more pictures from the event.

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 Advanced Information Systems, AT&T, Bechtel, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, BAE Systems, Capitol College and USRA STEMaction Center, Inc. for their support.

 

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Highlights of the 2014 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge "FTC Block Party" Championship

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Getting the fields ready at JHU Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center.

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Getting ready in the pits -- reviewing last minute strategies.

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Opening remarks from JHU Applied Physics Lab Mission Area Executive for R&D, Sezin Palmer

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Guest Speaker: Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall III

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Maryland FIRST Regional Director, Bill Duncan, welcomes the teams

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This year's game, "FTC Block Party", called for robots to put blocks into swinging pendulum goals, then raise
side flags and lift off the ground by hanging on the center bar at the end of the game.

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The game called for teamwork...

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...and strategic thinking on and off the field.

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Our game announcers for the day, Mike Kaurich and Tony Jackson

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One of several "double hangs" with two robots from the same team off the ground...and a team member too!

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Time for a little fun in the pits

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Selecting the final alliances

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The final matches were tight and high scoring, but Gracious Professionalism ruled the day

And the Award Winners are...

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Our Volunteer of the Year, Ms. Rose Young of Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD

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Compass Award Winner, Team 7, Pajama Suits from TechBrick in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. 
Their video recognized the outstanding mentoring work provided by the Spangler family in Maryland.

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Promote Award Winners: Team 5421, RM-ed and Dangerous from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD

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Judges' Award Winner: Team 8221, Cubix from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD

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PTC Design Award Winner: Team 6100, Chariots of Fire - Black from New Life Bible Church in Columbia, MD

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Motivate Award Winner: Team 6484 Robo-Barons from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, MD

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Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner: Team 4240, 4-H Techno Clovers from GEARS/4-H in McHenry, MD

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Connect Award Winner: Team 5421, RM-ed and Dangerous from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD

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Think Award Winner: Team 4433, Smokin' Motors from Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA

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Control Award Winner: Team 4318, Green Machine from Horizons 4-H in Ellicott City, MD

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Finalist Alliance Captain: Team 6100, Chariots of Fire - Black from New Life Bible Church in Columbia, MD

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Finalist Alliance 1st Selection: Team 7468, Blue Chariots of Fire from New Life Bible Church in Columbia, MD

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Finalist Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 7540, Bullbots from The Bullis School in Potomac, MD

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Winning Alliance Captain: Team 4318, Green Machine from Horizons 4-H in Ellicott City, MD

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Winning Alliance 1st Selection: Team 8221, Cubix from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD

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Winning Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 4240, 4-H Techno Clovers from GEARS/4-H in McHenry, MD

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Inspire Award Winner: Team 3113, Some Disassembly Required from Boy Scount Troop 793 in Ellicott City, MD

Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 4433, Smokin' Motors from Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA

Third Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 5421, RM-ed and Dangerous from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD

 

Seven teams earned invitations to the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional Championship in York, PA on April 3-5, 2014:
Inspire Award Winner: Team 3113, Some Disassembly Required from Boy Scount Troop 793 in Ellicott City, MD
Winning Alliance Captain: Team 4318, Green Machine from Horizons 4-H in Ellicott City, MD
Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 4433, Smokin' Motors from Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, PA
Winning Alliance 1st Selection: Team 8221, Cubix from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD
Third Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 5421, RM-ed and Dangerous from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD
Winning Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 4240, 4-H Techno Clovers from GEARS/4-H in McHenry, MD
Finalist Alliance Captain: Team 6100, Chariots of Fire - Black from New Life Bible Church in Columbia, MD

 

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the 2014 Maryland FTC Championship!!