FTC Meeting: January 19, 2008
TechBrick FTC Wins the 'Innovate' Award
the DE FTC Tournament
More photos at the links to the right. Be sure
to see the other FTC and JFLL photos. But first,
scroll down and enjoy....
On January 19, 2008, TechBrick FTC
participated in the DE FTC tournament at "The
Bob" athletic center on the University of DE
With 36 teams the competition was
intense. Each team ran 5 qualifying
rounds. During first two rounds most of the
teams sorted out various bugs and
The last three rounds became
strategic sessions with lots of blocking
and other plays designed to thwart the
strengths of other robots.
In the end our team was awarded the
'Innovate Award' for developing the most
unique solution to the challenge.
A big thank you to the DE tournament
organizing team that again managed to
pull off a triple event (JFLL, FLL, and
FTC) with flawless execution.
Be sure to watch last
year's video, "12," in which we compressed the
entire DE Tournament into 3 minutes.
Click here for the movie.
Click on the arrow to start the video.
First, tech check for size and other items.
Then off to the technical interview and work
We meet with other teams to discuss strengths
Final adjustments and research before the first
Introduction of the judges.
Driver's meeting to cover last minute points.
A little practice before the first rounds. The
phone cords are used instead of crystals so we
don't interfere with other robots.
Matt reviews research he did while looking at
We webcast most of the day.
We gave out some TechBrick hats and buttons.
There were some very cool costumes.
Lot's of teams at the FLL tournament were using
our forms. This coach told me she had seen teams
in the UK with our forms.
Lots of fair strategic blocking was going on in
the later rounds.
Vince Frascella, the NJ FTC Tournament director
stopped by to see our 'bot.
After the final rounds the top 8 teams were
TechBrick was selected by one of the top 8 teams
to participate in the final rounds.
The parrot rode out the entire competition.
The three cooperating teams discuss strategy
before the last rounds.
TechBrick receives their Innovate award with
high-5's from the judges.