FIRST Tech Challenge State Affiliate
As the Wisconsin FTC Affiliate, MSOE hosts the annual Wisconsin FTC State Championship, manages qualifier assignments, and is available to answer any questions for new organizations hoping to start an FTC team with their 7th – 12th grade students.
Pandemic Response Updates
Note that this section refers to FTC specific pandemic response items and not the full measures being taken by MSOE or policies for MSOE STEM programs.
January 5th, 2021 Update
As we enter 2021, we wanted to thank all of our coaches, mentors, volunteers, and students for their perseverance through all of the challenges of 2020. Without the continued dedication from all teams and volunteers involved, this season would not have been possible!
All events have been pushed back to the March - April time frame. All the new dates are below and teams will receive a confirmation email from Mike Meilicke regarding the new date of their registered qualifier.
Remember: your registration for each qualifier has remained unchanged.
If you have any additional questions, contact Mike Meilicke, FIRST Programs Coordinator.
The Wisconsin State FTC Championship is tentatively planned for April 2021 pending qualifier status and pandemic restrictions.
If your team has an event planned that you would like to share with other FTC teams, please contact Mike Meilicke with full event details.
Phoenix Force Remote Scrimmage
This multi-week event will take place over social media and will allow teams to compete for the top robot match score in our region. At the end of each week, the team that holds the high score will be given the "This is the Way Award!". The event will be divided into 3 week-long parts, starting Monday and ending the following Sunday at midnight:
- Part 1: Monday Feb. 1st - Sunday Feb. 7th
- Part 2: Monday Feb. 8th - Sunday Feb. 14th
- Part 3: Monday Feb. 15th - Sunday Feb. 21st
More information will be posted soon on this event.
Practice Fields Available
Need access to a full FTC Field? Both MSOE and the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center are welcoming teams to come and practice on their fields! Access to fields at both locations is by appointment only.
If you are interested in utilizing the field at the WE Energies STEM Center at MSOE, please fill out the FTC field reservation form here. If you would like access to tools and other equipment to work on your robots while at the Center, please include that in your request. PLEASE NOTE: Per the October updates to the Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely plan, we may only have 10 people in the Center at one time, not including MSOE employees. Only one team may be in the center at one time and that team must limit the number of people to 10.
If you are interested in utilizing the field at the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center, please contact Arrow Guetschow.
Qualifier registration will open September 28th at noon.
Current qualifiers scheduled for the 2020-2021 season are:
- February 22nd, 2021 – Hortonville Remote Qualifier. Date listed is the deadline for submissions.
- March 6th, 2021 – Frozen Frenzy @ St. Francis High School (4225 South Lake Drive, St Francis, WI 53235)
- March 13th, 2021 – Lakeshore Qualifier @ Lakeshore Robotics Education Center (2814 Wollmer Street, Manitowoc WI 54220)
- March 20th, 2021 - Highlander Regional @ Homestead High school (5000 W. Mequon Road. Mequon, WI 53092)
- March 27th, 2021 – Patriot Games @ Heritage Christian Schools (3500 S Glen Park Rd. New Berlin WI, 53151)
- April 10th, 2021 - The Knack Attack @ Lake Country School (1800 Vettelson Rd, Hartland, WI 53029)
Qualifier Process & Policies
- Hybrid qualifier - $175 each
- Remote qualifier - $ 100 each
All registration open and close times are noon CST.
- September 28th, 2020 – Registration opens
- October 5th, 2020 – Registration closes
- October 6th – 9th – Confirmations and invoices sent to teams
- October 12th, 2020 – Registration opens
- October 19th, 2020 – Registration closes
- October 20th – 23rd – Confirmations and invoices sent to teams
- October 26th, 2020 – Registration opens
- Confirmations and invoices sent to teams every Friday
You will be sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your assignment. This email will have information on how to pay for the qualifier. Teams can use credit cards or checks to pay for qualifiers.
During each round, teams may sign up for one qualifier. The qualifier that you sign up for is the qualifier that you are going to; you will not be placed in a qualifier based off of preferences. Qualifiers are first come first serve and waitlists will be available for every event.
During round 1 of registration, all teams may sign up for one (1) qualifier. Any team that signs up for more than one qualifier during round 1 will be removed from all qualifiers that they signed up for.
During round 2 of registration, all teams may sign up for an additional qualifier. Teams that did not register during round 1 may sign up for two qualifiers.
During round 3 of registration, all remaining spots are open to any team. Please note that teams are allowed to sign up for one hybrid and one remote event, should they chose to.
What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
The FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics competition designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Through their involvement with FIRST Tech Challenge, students discover the rewards of collaboration and develop a deeper understanding of innovation and engineering.