FIRST Championship

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FIRST Championship Event
FIRST CMP st louis logo.PNG
Dates (for 2014) April 23 – April 26
Nations ~60 nations
Large presence by the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and Brazil
Venue Edward Jones Dome
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States

FIRST Championship is a three-and-a-half-day robotics championship held annually in April. For several years, the event was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, but beginning in 2011, and at least through 2017, it will be held at the Edward Jones Dome, in St Louis, Missouri. The event comprises three competitions, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival.[1] FIRST Championship is normally held in conjunction with FIRST Robotics Conference which covers a wide variety of topics in science, technology, engineering, and robotics fields.[2]

FRC is a six-week competition program for high-school students to build 120 pound (54 kg) robots that can complete a task that changes every year using standard set of parts, plus any additional off-the-shelf or custom parts. FTC is a mid-level competition program for high-school aged students with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. FLL is a competition program for elementary and middle school students. Teams for each program compete in tournaments at state and regional level. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship.

The 2011 championship was also host to the Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration, a pilot collegiate FIRST program.

In 2015, in order to expand, it was announced that the FIRST Championship would be divided into multiple venues. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival will take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship and the Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL) World Festival will take place at Union Station (St. Louis), and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship will continue to take place at the Edward Jones Dome and America's Center. The new arrangement is designed to give an "Olympic Village" feel and allow for more space to expand each individual program. [3]

Host cities[edit]

1992 was the first year of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Just over 20 teams competed at one event, which was held at Memorial High School in Manchester, New Hampshire.[4] In 1993, the sole competition was held at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire.[5] In 1994, the competition was held at Nashua High School.[6] In 1995, FIRST had grown to the point to which they had outgrown the one competition, so they moved to a regional qualifier system, and thus the FIRST championship was born. From 1995 through 2002, the championship was held at Epcot Center in Orlando.[7] Reliant Park in Houston was the venue for 2003.[8] Atlanta served as host city from 2004 through 2010.[9][10] In 2005, the contract with Atlanta was extended through 2007 with options for 2008 and 2009.[9] In 2009, St. Louis was selected, from three finalists, to serve as host city for 2011 through 2013. In 2012, the tenure at St. Louis was extended until 2014.[11] In 2013, the tenure in St. Louis was once again extended for three additional years through 2017.[12]

FRC Championship[edit]

For main article on FRC, see FIRST Robotics Competition.

FRC Championship is the final and largest event of FRC. In 2009, there were 348 teams globally that joined the competition.[13] The theme for 2009 was Lunacy to test robots' ability to pick up 9" game balls and score them in trailers hitched to their opponents' robots on a low-friction floor.

There are many awards in the Championship including Championship Finalists, Engineering Inspiration Award, Division Champions, Autodesk Visualization Award, Autodesk Inventor Award, Chrysler Team Spirit Award, Delphi "Driving Tomorrow's Technology" Award, General Motors Industrial Design Award, Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism Award, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, Motorola Quality Award, Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award, Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award, Xerox Creativity Award, Imagery Award, Rookie All-star Award, Rookie Inspiration Award, Website Award and Judges` Awards. The most notable awards are Championship Award, and Chairman's Award – the highest honor that recognizes the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate.[14]

Recent winners[edit]

Year / Theme Award name Team name Team number City, State/Country
2014 / Aerial Assist Championship Winner #1 The Cheesy Poofs 254 San Jose, California, USA
2014 / Aerial Assist Championship Winner #2 Las Guerrillas 469 Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
2014 / Aerial Assist Championship Winner #3 The All Sparks 2848 Dallas, TX, USA
2014 / Aerial Assist Championship Winner #4 Team C.H.A.O.S 74 Holland, MI, USA
2014 / Aerial Assist Chairman's Award Team RUSH 27 Clarkston, MI, USA
2013 / Ultimate Ascent[15] Championship Winner #1 Theory6 1241 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2013 / Ultimate Ascent Championship Winner #2 Texas Torque 1477 The Woodlands, Texas, USA
2013 / Ultimate Ascent Championship Winner #3 The Coyotes 610 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2013 / Ultimate Ascent Chairman's Award The Holy Cows 1538 San Diego, California, USA
2012 / Rebound Rumble[16] Championship Winner #1 S.P.A.M. (Martin County School District & Clark Advanced Learning Center) 180 Stuart, FL, USA
2012 / Rebound Rumble Championship Winner #2 Raider Robotix (North Brunswick Township High School) 25 North Brunswick, NJ, USA
2012 / Rebound Rumble Championship Winner #3 Bomb Squad (Mountain Home Public Schools) 16 Mountain Home, AR, USA
2012 / Rebound Rumble Chairman's Award Simbotics (Governor Simcoe Secondary School) 1114 St. Catharines, ON, Canada
2011 / Logomotion Championship Winner #1 The Cheesy Poofs (Bellarmine College Preparatory) 254 San Jose, CA, USA
2011 / Logomotion Championship Winner #2 WildStang (Rolling Meadows High School & Wheeling High School) 111 Schaumburg, IL, USA
2011 / Logomotion Championship Winner #3 Greybots (Atascadero High School) 973 Atascadero, CA, USA
2011 / Logomotion Chairman's Award The Hawaiian Kids (Waialua High School) 359 Waialua, HI, USA
2010 / Breakaway Championship Winner #1 Beach Cities Robotics (Mira Costa High School & Redondo Union High School) 294 Redondo Beach, CA, USA
2010 / Breakaway Championship Winner #2 The HOT Team (Huron Valley Schools) 67 Milford, MI, USA
2010 / Breakaway Championship Winner #3 Bobcat Robotics 177 South Windsor, CT, USA
2010 / Breakaway Chairman's Award Miss Daisy (Wissahickon High School) 341 Ambler, PA, USA
2009 / Lunacy[14][17] Championship Winner #1 WildStang (Rolling Meadows High School & Wheeling High School) 111 Schaumburg, IL, USA
2009 / Lunacy Championship Winner #2 The HOT Team (Huron Valley Schools) 67 Milford, MI, USA
2009 / Lunacy Championship Winner #3 Spartan Robotics (Mountain View High School) 971 Mountain View, CA, USA
2009 / Lunacy Chairman's Award Techno Ticks (Lyme-Old Lyme High School) 236 Old Lyme, CT, USA

FTC World Championship[edit]

For main article on FTC, see FIRST Tech Challenge.

After all FTC teams have competed in state / regional championship tournaments, the winning teams move on to the FTC World Championship. The Inspire Award winning teams and the captain teams of the Winning Alliance in the regional tournaments are automatically eligible for the world championship. If there are still spots available, additional teams may be picked by a lottery system.

In 2009, the theme for the championship was Face Off!. It combined many real-world challenges, such as navigating uneven surfaces, manipulating odd-shaped objects, using sensors to determine the environment, and withstanding physical stress. The awards include World Championship Finalists, FTC Design Award, FTC Connect Award, FTC Innovate Award, FTC Motivate Award, FTC Think Award and Judges' Awards. The most notable awards are FTC Winning Alliance and FTC World Championship Inspire Award.[14]

Recent winners[edit]

Year / Theme Award name Team name Team number City, State/Country
2014 / Block Party![15] Winning Alliance Team Hot Wired Robotics 7013 Portland, OR, USA
2014 / Block Party! Winning Alliance Team Eagles Robotics Xperience 5257 Delray Beach, FL, USA
2014 / Block Party! Winning Alliance Team 4-H Techno Clovers 4240 Accident, MD, USA
2014 / Block Party! FTC World Championship Inspire Award Bears 3141 Mexico City, Mexico
2013 / Ring It Up![15] Winning Alliance Team Cougar Robotics Team 4251 Columbus, OH, USA
2013 / Ring It Up! Winning Alliance Team Fish in the Boat 4140 Lakeville, MN, USA
2013 / Ring It Up! Winning Alliance Team Monkey Madness 5096 Huntsville, AL, USA
2013 / Ring It Up! FTC World Championship Inspire Award Beta 3550 West Des Moines, IA, USA
2012 / Bowled Over![16] Winning Alliance Team Robocats 4444 Louisville, KY, USA
2012 / Bowled Over! Winning Alliance Team Masquerade 4997 Tampa, FL, USA
2012 / Bowled Over! Winning Alliance Team ILITE Robotics 354 Haymarket, VA, USA
2012 / Bowled Over! FTC World Championship Inspire Award Landroids 4220 Livingston, NJ, USA
2011 / Get Over It![18] Winning Alliance Team SD30 Robotics 178 Ronan, MT, USA
2011 / Get Over It! Winning Alliance Team Wreckers 577 Westport, CT, USA
2011 / Get Over It! Winning Alliance Team MITibot 2875 Lexington, MA, USA
2011 / Get Over It! FTC World Championship Inspire Award Robots and Brain Bots Inc. 4466 Waltham, MA, USA
2010 / Hot Shot![19] Winning Alliance Team Smoke and Mirrors 2868 Lakeland, FL, USA
2010 / Hot Shot! Winning Alliance Team Under the Son 2843 Hollywood, MD, USA
2010 / Hot Shot! Winning Alliance Team Global-Force 3864 Aiken, SC, USA
2010 / Hot Shot! FTC World Championship Inspire Award Rock ‘n Roll Robots 25 Arcadia, CA, USA
2009 / Face Off![20] Winning Alliance Team Jr. Bomb Squad 92 Mountain Home, AR, USA
2009 / Face Off! Winning Alliance Team RoboRaiders 679 Sandy Springs, GA, USA
2009 / Face Off! Winning Alliance Team Alberta Longhorns 2820 Calgary, Alberta
2009 / Face Off![14] FTC World Championship Inspire Award Einstein's Daughters 32 San Diego, CA, USA
2008 / Quad Quandary[17] Winning Alliance Team Mr. T 30 Montville, NJ, USA
2008 / Quad Quandary Winning Alliance Team Team Overdrive 74 Bridgewater, NJ, USA
2008 / Quad Quandary Winning Alliance Team Beach Cities Robotics 23 Redondo Beach, CA, USA
2008 / Quad Quandary FTC World Championship Inspire Award Panteras 801 Mexico City, Mexico

FLL World Festival[edit]

For main article on FLL, see FIRST Lego League.

The top competitions in FLL program are FLL Open Championships and FLL World Festival. The Open Championships are managed by FLL Partners with a goal to bring teams from different regions to complete and showcase their achievements. Currently, there are two Open Championships, FLL Open European Championship and FLL US Open Championship. FLL Open Asian Championship was held for 2008 season in Tokyo, Japan. However, it was not active for 2009.[21]

FLL World Festival is hosted and managed by FIRST. The teams are often the Champion’s Award team at the regional level with some other criteria including special nomination from FLL Operational Partners globally. In 2009, there were 84 teams from 27 countries that joined the festival with the theme Climate Connections. The award categories include Innovative Design Award, Quality Design Award, Programming Award, Research Quality Award, Innovative Solution Award, Creative Presentation Award, Teamwork Award, Team Spirit Awards, Against All Odds Awards, Outstanding Volunteer Awards, Adult Coach/Mentor Awards, Young Adult Mentor Awards, and Judges' Awards. The most notable awards are Champion's Award and Robot Performance Award.[14]

Recent winners[edit]

Year / Theme Award name Team name Team number City, State/Country
2013 / Senior Soltions Championship Winner - 1st Place Untitled 1 16100 Bath, England
2013 / Senior Solutions Championship Winner - 2nd Place SESI São Paulo Robotics School 16850 São Paulo, Brazil
2013 / Senior Solutions Championship Winner - 3rd Place Robo Raiders 742 Lebanon USA
2012 / Food Factor[16] Championship Winner - 1st Place Falcons Japan 15650 Tokyo, Japan
2012 / Food Factor Championship Winner - 2nd Place Blue Gear Ticks 252 Lincoln, MA, USA
2012 / Food Factor Championship Winner - 3rd Place NXTremers 15200 Bengaluru, India
2011 / Body Forward[18] Championship Winner - 1st Place The Sentinels 3663 Oakville, ON, Canada
2011 / Body Forward Championship Winner - 2nd Place SAP g33k$ 13300 Mpumalanga, South Africa
2011 / Body Forward Championship Winner - 3rd Place Hammerheads 4129 Umatilla, FL, USA
2011 / Body Forward Robot Performance Award Hammerheads 4129 Umatilla, FL, USA
2010 / Smart Move Championship Winner - 3rd Place Cougar Robotics Team 437 Columbus, OH, USA
2009 / Climate Connections[22] Championship Winner - 1st Place Da Peeps 55 Swartz Creek, MI, USA
2009 / Climate Connections Championship Winner - 2nd Place STEELE 1232 Illinois, USA
2009 / Climate Connections Championship Winner - 3rd Place NXT Generation 9201 Nordborg, Denmark
2009 / Climate Connections Robot Performance Award - 1st Place Emerotecos 8004 Brazil
2009 / Climate Connections Robot Performance Award - 2nd Place Team Singapore 8254 Singapore
2009 / Climate Connections Robot Performance Award - 3rd Place Giant Panda 8060 China
2008 / Power Puzzle[23] Championship Winner - 1st Place External Fusion 8095 Singapore
2008 / Power Puzzle Championship Winner - 2nd Place Pixelation 2560 North Branch, MN, USA
2008 / Power Puzzle Championship Winner - 3rd Place Power Peeps 334 Swartz Creek, MI, USA
2008 / Power Puzzle Robot Performance Award - 1st Place BLACK OCEAN CURRENT 8110 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2008 / Power Puzzle Robot Performance Award - 1st Place Green Man Group 1 Windham, NH, USA
2008 / Power Puzzle Robot Performance Award - 3rd Place Landroids 2254 Livingston, NJ, USA

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2009 FIRST Robotics Conference, FIRST - accessed May 23, 2009
  3. ^ http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/first-championship
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  7. ^ FIRST 2003, p. 7.
  8. ^ FIRST 2003, p. 8.
  9. ^ a b "Atlanta to Host 2007 FIRST Championship". atlanta.net. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
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  11. ^ Kurtovic, Amir (October 18, 2012). "Robots to invade downtown St. Louis annually...now until 2014". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/nloct13/first-selects-st.louis-as-site-of-annual-first-championship-2015-to-2017
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  15. ^ a b c "10,000+ Students From Around the World Put Custom-Built Robots to the Test at 2013 FIRST® Championship". FIRST. April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "2012 FIRST Championship Celebrates Science, Technology and Robots". FIRST. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b 2009 FIRST Championship, FIRST - accessed May 23, 2009
  18. ^ a b "2011 FIRST® Championship". FIRST. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "2009-2010 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Awards". FIRST. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  20. ^ 2009 FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Awards, FIRST - accessed May 23, 2009
  21. ^ Open Asian Championship, FIRST Japan - accessed May 23, 2009
  22. ^ FIRST LEGO League World Festival Awards - Climate Connections Season, FIRST - accessed May 23, 2009
  23. ^ FLL Awards - 2008 Championship - Power Puzzle, FIRST - accessed May 23, 2009

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