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Maryland "FTC Cascade Effect" FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Event Results

Thirty-two teams came to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab on February 28, 2015 to compete for top honors at the Maryland FTC Championship.  All the teams were winners, having advanced through at least one of eight Maryland/DC 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 Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, UPS, Microsoft, Bechtel, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and Capitol Technology University for their support.  STEMaction, Inc. is the FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Match Results

Final Rankings

Elimination Ladder

Advancement Report -- a total of 7 teams advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super Regional in Scranton, PA on March 19-21.  See list at the bottom of this page.

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Highlights of the 2015 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge "FTC Cascade Effect" Championship

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

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Opening remarks from JHU Applied Physics Lab Assistant Director for Policy and Analysis, Christine Fox

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STEMaction Executive Director, Bill Duncan, welcomes the teams

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This year's game, "Cascade Effect", called for robots to put balls into rolling tube goals or high goals on the center structure, then try to get goals and the robots up the ramp at the end of the game.

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The game is played in two-team alliances.

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Making sure the robot's working just right.

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Our game announcers for the day, Nate Parsons and Mike Kaurich

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FIRST Tech Challenge has the fun of a sport and a challenge for the mind.

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And there's time for a little fun between matches

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After Qualifying rounds, the top four teams select final alliances.

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The action in the final rounds can get intense.

And the Award Winners are...

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Our Volunteer of the Year and VISTA for FIRST in Maryland, Milka Piszczek.

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Compass Award Winner, Team 4081, The Droids from Annapolis, MD. 
Their video recognized the outstanding mentoring work Aileen Hahne.

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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 4240, 4-H Techno Clovers from Accident, MD

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Control Award Winner: Team 7265 Gear Grinders from Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD

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PTC Design Award Winner: Team 7182, Mechanical Paradox from Horizons 4-H in Catonsville, MD

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Motivate Award Winner: Team 4451 Fox Enterprises from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC

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Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner: Team 8221, Cubix^3 from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD

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Connect Award Winner: Team 6029, Team Robowiz from Fairfax, VA

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Think Award Winner: Team 7266, Dragonettes from Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD

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

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Finalist Alliance 1st Selection: Team 7182, Mechanical Paradox from Horizons 4-H in Catonsville, MD

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Finalist Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 7468, Blue Chariots of Fire from New Life Bible Church in Columbia, MD

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Winning Alliance Captain: Team 8221, Cubix^3 from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD

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Winning Alliance 1st Selection: Team 5916, Bo-Bots from Delaware State FIRST in Earleville, MD

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Winning Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 8521, Hard-Hitting Hardware Hooligans from 4-H Mindstorm Maniacs of Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, MD

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

Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 6029, Team Robowiz from Fairfax, VA

Third Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 8221, Cubix^3 from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD

 

Seven teams earned invitations to the FIRST Tech Challenge East Super-Regional Championship in Scranton, PA on March 19-21, 2015:
Inspire Award Winner: Team 5421, RM-ed and Dangerous from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD
Winning Alliance Captain: Team 8221, Cubix from ETC Robotics in Hampstead, MD
Second Place Inspire Award Winner: Team 6029, Team Robowiz from Fairfax, VA
Winning Alliance 1st Selection: Team 5916, Bo-Bots from Delaware State FIRST in Earleville, MD (Already Advancing)
Winning Alliance 2nd Selection: Team 8521, Hard-Hitting Hardware Hooligans from 4-H Mindstorm Maniacs of Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, MD
Think Award Winner: Team 7266, Dragonettes from Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, MD
Finalist Alliance Captain: Team 4318, Green Machine Reloaded from Horizons 4-H in Ellicott City, MD
Finalist Alliance 1st Selection: Team 7182, Mechanical Paradox from Horizons 4-H in Catonsville, MD

 

Congratulations to all the winners and participants at the 2015 Maryland FTC Championship!!