FIRST Tech Challenge

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Each year at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, and hundreds of other sites world-wide, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams made up of innovative 7th through 12th graders exemplify Gracious Professionalism, as well as compete with their impressive robots during exciting tournaments and events!

FIRST Tech Challenge teams use modular metal building components or fabricated custom parts in various materials to build their robots. Java is used to program the robots for an autonomous portion of each competitive match and to program controllers used during the driver controlled/tele-operated segment. During competitive tournaments teams work together with an alliance partner team to achieve a common goal against another set of two teams. Four robots run in the tournament field at once.
 

Teams develop their strategy and then build robots based on sound engineering principles and document the entire process. Students come away with a greater appreciation of science & technology and how it can be utilized to positively impact the world around them. Team members experience the application of real-world math and science concepts and achieve hands-on computer programming and rapid-prototyping experience.


In addition, FIRST Tech Challenge teams cultivate valuable life skills such as brainstorming, creative problem solving, collaboration, teamwork, planning, time management, leadership, as well as research and a myriad of technical skills. And it's FUN!

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EXCELSIOR NY FIRST Tech Challenge REGION!

FIRST Tech Challenge growth in New York State prompted FIRST to add a new Partner Affiliate and Region. SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica is honored to have been chosen as the FTC Affiliate Partner for the “Excelsior NY Region”!

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Counties defining the Excelsior NY Region for FIRST Tech Challenge:

Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, St Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

 


FTC 2017-18 Season Game Reveal video -  RELIC RECOVERY!


APPLYING FOR EXCELSIOR TOURNAMENTS

We encourage all Excelsior Region teams to participate in at least one of three Qualifiers this season!

For Excelsior Region teams Qualifier Tournament Applications OPEN MID OCTOBER, and then incrementally to other regions. (See page 2 of PDF below.)

Please review this PDF prior to applying for the Qualifiers:

FTC Excelsior NY Tournament Application & Registration Information (pdf)

Apply for Excelsior NY FTC Qualifiers here: 

2017-2018 TOURNAMENT APPLICATION FORM

(LIVE in October)

ALSO Register your FTC team with FIRST for the current season to be eligible to compete.

2017-2018 EXCELSIOR NY REGION TOURNAMENTS

Dec. 3, 2017

Sauquoit FTC Qualifier [Suh-koyt]
(Early inspection available evening of Dec. 2)
Sauquoit Valley High School, Sauquoit, NY
(10 miles south of Utica)

Dec. 16, 2017

Finger Lakes FTC Qualifier 
(Early inspection available evening of Dec. 15)
St John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Jan. 7 2018

Corning FTC Qualifier
(Early inspection available evening of Jan. 6)
Corning- Painted Post High School, Corning, NY

Jan. 14, 2018

Approximately *8 advancing teams from each Excelsior Region Qualifier will compete at:
Excelsior NY FTC Regional Championship
SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica NY

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Other Tournaments:

March 16-18, 2018

*Top teams to earn advancement through the Excelsior NY FTC Regional Championship will move forward to:
FTC EAST Super-Regional
University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

April 2018

*A perctentage of the top teams at the EAST U.S. Super-Regional advance to the FTC World Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

* Advancement to the next tournament level is determined by
team performance, awards, or by graciously hosting a tournament.
See PDF of official FTC Game Manual Part 1: specifically
section 4.8  Advancement Criteria, and 7.2 FTC Award Eligibility

Helpful FTC Team Links

Visit: FIRST Tech Challenge Game & Season Info  page for IMPORTANT Game Manuals and more!

Game Rules are in Game Manual Part 2. Rules and all updates should be read by team members and mentors. Check the links on this page frequently throughout the season for latest updates!

Game Manual Part 1 contains detailed information about tournaments. Team members and mentors should read this manual so they can best prepare.
Also see helpful links here: Preparing for Competition

Visit: RESOURCE LIBRARY
Filter and search all comprehensive FIRST resource pages.

FIRST Tech Challenge FORUMS

Team Management Resources

Robot Building Resources

Technology Info & Resources

Fundraising Resources

OTHER NY STATE FTC REGION CONTACTS:

NYC Region FTC Partner for the five boroughs of New York City.
Mary-Ann Oluwanifise, Program Manager, NYC FIRST
Email: maryann@nycfirst.org           Website: ftc.nycfirst.org


Long Island Region FTC Partner for Nassau & ​Suffolk Counties.
Janet Anderson, Program Director

Email: ​jander2@optonline.ne​t


Hudson Valley NY Region FTC Partner:

ONLY FTC teams in these counties may compete in the Hudson Valley tournaments:
Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester.

Rick Kline, Hudson Valley NY Region FTC Partner

Pace University, Seidenberg School, Pleasantville, NY

Email: rkline@pace.edu         Web: seidenberg.pace.edu/first

 


New to FIRST® and FIRST Tech Challenge?

Visit FIRSTinspires.org to learn about this hands-on 'sport of the mind' for students in grades 7-12.

 

Contact us at FIRST @ SUNY Poly for more info about local FIRST Tech Challenge robotics!

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A MILLION THANKS TO OUR FIRST @ SUNY POLY SPONSORS! 

The generosity of these companies makes these tournaments possible!
We could not succeed in this without you. We send you HIGH FIVES and ADMIRATION!

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