• San Diego FTC Championship Tournament

    Congratulations to ALL Teams, Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the San Diego FTC Championship Tournament!

    The following teams and individuals earned top honors for their hard work, teamwork and accomplishments.

    Inspire Award
    Presented to Stuffed Dragons, Team 6565 from San Diego

    Inspire Award Finalists
    Second Place: Team 135, Fusion
    Third Place: Team 4112, Warriors


    The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. This Team serves as an inspiration to what this program and the young minds involved, can accomplish. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The Judges used Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the Pit area, the Team’s Engineering Notebook, and performance on the Playing Field in determining the winner.


    San Diego FTC Championship Tournament Winning Alliance
    Team 6565; Team 5555; Team 5279


    San Diego FTC Championship Tournament Finalist Alliance
    Team 5828, Team 4278, Team 3848



    Motivate Award
    Presented to West Torrance Robotics, Team 4512  from Torrance

    Motivate Award Finalists
    Team 6565, Stuffed Dragons
    Team 542, WHS Robotics


    This Judged Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition through Team spirit and enthusiasm. This Team shows their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a Team cheer or outstanding spirit, or through their collective efforts to make FIRST known throughout their school or community.


    Connect Award
    Presented to Rock n Roll Robots, Team 25 from Pasadena

    Connect Award Finalists
    Team 135, Fusion
    Team 6565, Stuffed Dragons

    The Connect Award is presented to the Team that the Judges feel most connected with their local community and the engineering community. The best Team is more than the sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this Award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. In addition, the Team that wins this Award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science, and technology.


    Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
    Presented to Kings and Queens, Team 4625 from Monrovia

    Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Finalists
    Team 6565, Stuffed Dragons
    Team 4119, Brain Nuggets

    The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel has the most Innovative and Creative Robot design solution to the FIRST Tech Challenge to any or all specific Field Elements or components. Elements of this Award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking with regard to design. This Award may address the design of the whole Robot or some sub-assembly component attached to the Robot. The creative component needs to work consistently, but a Robot does not have to work all of the time during Matches to be considered for this Award. The Team’s Engineering Notebook showed the design of the component(s) and the Team’s Robot, and described succinctly how the Team arrived at that solution.


    PTC Design Award
    Presented to The Warriors, Team 4112 from San Diego

    PTC Design Award Finalists
    Team 6350, RoboRevolt
    Team 5555, Option 16


    The intent of the PTC Design Award is to expand the challenge, inspiring Teams to incorporate industrial design into their Robots. These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look and feel of the Robot, and how the design allows us to think of Robots in new ways. The Design aspect must serve a function, but they should also differentiate the Robot in a unique fashion, not an easy task with a limited set of parts and Game challenge.


    Think Award
    Presented to Fusion, Team 135 from San Diego

    Think Award Finalists
    Team 6137, RoBowties
    Team 6373, Parabots

    The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best understood the role of the Engineering Notebook in the design process. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Team’s Engineering Notebook focused on the design and build stages of the Team’s Robot.


    Promote Award
    Presented to Metal Ducks, Team 5826, from Hemet

    Promote Award Finalists
    Team 25, Rock n Roll Robots
    Team 6373, Parabots

    The Promote Award is given to the Team that is most successful in creating a compelling message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math. The FTC Public Service Announcement Video was evaluated by the Judges to determine the winner of this Award. Teams must present a thoughtful and high-quality video which appeals to the general public.


    Control Award
    Presented to Brain Nuggest, Team 4119 from Long Beach

    The Control Award celebrates a Team that uses sensors and software to enhance the Robot’s functionality in the Field. This award is given to the Team that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve Game Challenges such as Autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the Field.


    Judges Award
    Presented to Kronos, Team 2885 from Escondido

    Judges Award Finalists
    Team 3650, Torrey Techies
    Team 5822, Bacon Bots

    The Judges Award is given at the discretion of the judges to a team they have encountered whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet the team does not fit into any of the existing award categories.


    We’d like to wish the VERY BEST OF LUCK to:goodluckftc

    • all the FTC  teams who are advancing to the FTC West Super-Regional in Sacramento, March 20-22, 2014
    • all the FTC teams competing in the Los Angeles FTC Championship Tourmanent this weekend
    • all the FTC teams competing in the NorCal FTC Championship Tournament this weekend


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