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FIRST Tech Challenge for
7th - 12th Grade Students
WHAT IS FIRST Tech Challenge?

construction Our brand new  ORTOP Website is under construction.  We will be posting documents to Google Drive during this transition. We are not actively updating this site except for this page. Look on this page for important links for the current 2017-18 season.


FIRST announces new FIRST Tech Challenge Game for 2017-2018 season.
FIRST Relic Recovery  - Video Teaser
Game Page - Logo files, Wallpapers, Recruitment Posters

NEW - Released July 10 - Relic Recovery - GAME MANUAL 1 !

Game Challenge Kickoff - September 9, 2017 - Hood River! Bend! Medford! Hillsboro!  More details to come!


Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program - Financial Team Support Awards

ORTOP has funding to financial assist qualified NEW and RETURNING teams.  There are several types of  funding opportunities. 

Information for completing the common application for ORTOP Team Support Awards can be found here.  This includes the Oregon Department of Education: FIRST Robotics Grant and many others.

There is a special regional grant specifically for New Teams - it requires that the team meet the criteria and is registered with FIRST but has NOT YET PAID the $275 registrtation fee. The grant is awarded as a CREDIT to the team's profile.  If your team is new look for the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Grant on the information page. There is a box on the common app to click and apply.


FIRST Tech Challenge teams program is a mid-level robotics competition being developed to provide an opportunity for up to 15 members, grades 7-12.   FIRST Tech Challenge 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. 
Video introduction

Start a Team
Starting a FIRST Tech Challenge team is relatively easy. Best advice is to learn about the program, find interested students, a few adults to be mentors and proceed to nationally register the team. Teams exist many different ways. Teams form as an after-school activity, as part of in-classroom curriculum, club activity such as 4-H or Scouts, a neighborhood or organization team.  FIRST - Start a Team 

Team Resources

Annual Challenge
Each year, Teams participate in a new Game that requires them to design, build, test, and program autonomous and driver-operated Robots that must perform a series of tasks. The new challenge is released on FIRST Tech Challenge Kick-off Day which occurs the Saturday after Labor Day. The playing field for the Game consists of the FIRST Tech Challenge game pieces set up on a foam-mat surface, surrounded by a metal and polycarbonate Field frame. Each Tournament features Alliances, which are comprised of two Teams, competing against one another on the playing field. Teams work to overcome obstacles and meet challenges, while learning from, and interacting with their peers and adult Mentors. Annual Challenge Video 

Current 2017/18 Hot Topics for FIRST Tech Challenge teams
Look here for the most important links and information depending on the time of season.
Budgeting and Funding and Applying for ORTOP  financial team support awards -  CLICK HERE
Application deadline is September 30th or until funds are depleted.

Team Registration
National Registration: All FIRST Tech Challenge teams must be nationally registered and pay a national registration fee of $275*.  This fee does not include participation in tournaments.  If you are a New Team - See information above to apply for Murdock Award to cover this cos

Oregon Tournament Registration: Teams also register for local tournaments and pay program fee per event*.
FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament Sliding Scale Fee Structure 2017-2018
League Fee -  $400 full cost of program - $200 minimum per team includes all meets and League Tournament
Non-League Qualifying Tournament - $300 full cost of program - $150 minimum for event
Super-Qualifier Tournament - $300 full cost of program - $150 minimum per team
State Championship - $400 full cost of program - $200 minimum per team

1.   ORTOP Team Support Awards will primarily focus on helping existing teams stay in FTC over providing funding for new teams.
   2.   Our program costs have not changed and the full costs of the program is the same or more than last year, but we are lowering the tournament sliding scale ranges to assist teams. We will seek other avenues to make up the difference.

FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon is a hybrid region offering two pathways of participation in tournament events. Both League team and Non-League team paths advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Championship. 
2017/2018 Calendar of Events: TBA
Event Results will be posted to ftcstats.org

Workshops, Tutorials
    Annual Game Challenge Reference Page
    FIRST Tech Challenge Forum
    FIRST Tech Challenge Team Management Resources

Workshops - TBA for 2017/2018

Newsfeed and Blogs
FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Blog (archive of emails to teams)
National FIRST Tech Challenge Blog
ORTOP Newsletter

FIRST Tech Challenge has two types of events; short-day league meets in the fall and all-day tournaments starting in January. Volunteers interact with students in 7th grade through high school. While several roles require technical knowledge there are also many roles for non-technical volunteers. Detailed Information for 2017/18 will be available in spring 2018.

ORTOP wishes to thank our presenting sponsor  for FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon


FIRSTTech Challenge Season Timeline 2017-2018
(dates subject to change)

Spring 2017

  National FIRST Tech Challenge Registration opens

Summer 2017
Workshops - Date/LocationsTBA

Fall 2017
September 9  - FIRST Tech Challenge KICK-OFF!!!
FTC Oregon League Signups - Open Sept 15/ Closes October 15th
FTC Oregon Non-League QT Signups - Open Sept 15/Closes November 1st

Workshops TBA

FALL 2017 /WINTER 2018
League Meet Schedule  - To Be Announced
Locations for meets in 2016/17: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Portland, Salem, Junction City, Roseburg, Bend, Hood River and Pendleton
New Locations: TBA
League Meets will be held in November and December 2017. Day/Time is chosen by the League.

League Qualifying Tournaments and Non-League Qualifying Tournaments
Most likely weekends for League and Non-League Qualifiying Tournaments Jan 13/14, 20/21, 27/28.
FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Super-Qualifiers

FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon Super-Qualifiers
SQ1 and SQ2 - Feb 10/11 - Location: TBA
SQ3 and SQ4 - Feb 10/11 - Location: TBA

FIRST Tech Challenge Championship presented by Rockwell Collins
Location: TBA
Judging and Inspection  - February 24
Qualifying Matches/Elimination Round/Awards - Feb 25

FIRST Tech Challenge Super-Regional Championship
March: TBA - Tacoma Convention Center, Washington
hosted by FIRST Washington

FIRST Tech Challenge WORLD Championship
for Oregon Teams
HOUSTON, TEXAS - April 18 - 20, 2018

After you review the website, if you have additional questions, please send email to ftc-questions@ortop.org