|Overview and Costs||ORTOP & FIRST||Oregon Event Sign Up
ORTOP FTC events are free and open to the public. A complete list of events will be announced in the early fall.
The national FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program is a mid-level robotics competition being developed to provide an opportunity for. Like FLL, FTC is an excellent way to experience the power, excitement, and fun of science, technology, engineering, and math and gain insights in the possibility of a technical career. Team members will be involved in the design, implementation, and programming of a robot to participate in a well defined challenge in competition and cooperation with robots from other teams.
|Who is it for?||
The FTC program is designed for 7th - 12th grade students. Middle School students were included into FIRST Tech Challenge beginning in Spring 2012. This move was to be inclusive of students who participated in FIRST LEGO League or has other robotics experience and wish to have a greater challenge. Some students choose to participate in FIRST Tech Challenge throughout high school but some may opt to join a FIRST Robotics Competition team if it is available in their area.
|Types of Teams||
FTC Teams form in a variety of ways.
School Based team: Coached
by a teacher either in-classroom or after school.
Any adult 18+ years old can register a FIRST Tech
Challenge team and participate in tournament events. All FIRST Teams
must have two coaches who have passed the Youth Protection Policy
|National FTC Registration||The first step in each is to register with FIRST. Click here for national registration|
FTC Program Costs - a link to the national website
Sample Team Budgets
Competition Events - See Fee Chart Below
or Click Here
Additional events not operated by ORTOP:
|Team Financial Support||ORTOP offers team financial support to assist FTC teams that qualify.|
|Team Member Age||The FTC program is open to students in 7th - 12th grade. Older FLL team members who are ready for another challenge are especially encouraged to participate in FIRST Tech Challenge. Some students may choose to participate in FIRST Tech Challenge throughout high school but some may opt to join a FIRST Robotics Competition team if it is available in their area.|
|Team Size||FIRST Tech Challenge team size is suggested to be 10 students, maximum is 15 students. Some teams are slightly larger, some slightly smaller.|
|Team Affiliation||Most FTC teams form at schools but there are also teams from organizations like 4-H, Scouts or Boys & Girls Clubs, from neighborhoods, religious community groups, after-school programs and industry employee programs. A percentage of FLL teams also convert to being FTC Teams.|
From the FIRST Website:
|What is Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP)||The Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The ORTOP Board is made up of volunteers from the programs sponsors and partners and well as private individuals. Many adult volunteers will organize and coach teams this year, while additional volunteers will plan and stage workshops, scrimmages and the Championship Tournament. These volunteers come from many sources, including sponsors and community partners.|
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology)
A non-profit organization called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) located in Manchester, New Hampshire organizes an annual network of robotics tournaments under the names FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and Junior FIRST LEGO League(Jr.FLL). FIRST focuses on promoting science and technology to young people. They have formed a network of robotics tournaments. FIRST programs have proven to be extremely valuable in inspiring young people's interest in science and technology and preparing them to enter tomorrow's workforce.
|The FIRST Tech Challenge Game||LINK TO Game details on the national FTC website. The 2015 FTC Game will be released on September 12, 2015. Oregon will hold several Kick-off Events.|
TOURNAMENT Signup 2016/2017 -
|ONLINE EVENT SIGNUP OPENS||Teams
with FIRST at this time.
Pre-Event Signup Information for Leagues and non-League teams
Next step is to sign up for an FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon League or non-League Qualifying Tournament. Sign-up opens on Monday, October 3rd at 5:00 pm
|ONLINE EVENT SIGNUP CLOSES||League Teams
must sign up to be in a League before or on October 15, 2016 at
Non-League Teams must sign up for a non-league Qualifying Tournament before or on November 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm.
2016/17 Event Fees
(4) and Qualifying Tournament (1)
Qualifying Tournament (1 event)
|Information on requesting a
discount off the full cost of program cost.
ORTOP’s registration fees are set to cover the approximate cost per team of providing our programs each year. If your team cannot afford the full registration fee you can request that ORTOP use sponsor funds to provide your team a discount. During the current season, all discount requests will be honored as long as a reason is given using the options provided below (check all that apply).
___Our fundraising has fallen short this year.
___We're a new team and haven't had time to do enough fundraising.
___Our team members come from families with limited economic means.
___Kits or equipment have used up most of our available funds.
___Our team will incur significant travel expenses to attend the event.
___Our team expenses are higher than we expected them to be.