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ORTOP Team Support for FIRST Tech Challenge

Teams are encouraged to find corporate or company sponsors from their communities to support their teams. Teams can also apply for grants from the Oregon Department of Education. We expect that their application process for these grants will begin in the spring of 2014.
ORTOP Team Support

We hope to announce support for teams in Oregon and Southern Washing who cannot otherwise afford to participate. This support should include registering teams who qualify at no cost and assisting these teams in purchasing kits.


Team Fundraising


Each new team will need approximately $1500 or more for registration fees, kits, and related costs. In addition they will need transportation to the tournaments. . Costs for returning teams will be less because most of their materials from the previous year can be used again.

Teams will often use a combination of approaches to underwrite their efforts.

  • Team member dues. Often a team will request that each team member contribute a certain minimum amount towards the costs of the team. Depending on the team and the ability of the team members to pay, each member might contribute from ten to hundred dollars.
  • Fundraising activities. Teams may decide to engage in fundraising activities such as car washes, garage sales, or bake sales.
  • Team sponsors. Often a local business or private individual will be interested in sponsoring a team. The sponsor may contribute part of the costs of the team. In addition the sponsor may want to help purchase team shirts or hats. The sponsor will often appreciate recognition on the team shirts, banners, etc.




ORTOP FTC Fest (workshop) information CLICK HERE FOR ORTOP FTC FEST (workshop) INFORMATION
FTC Robotics Kit 2011

FIRST Tech Challenge Tetrix Robot Competition Kit

For information on the FTC Tetrix Robot System click here.

The FTC Engineering Notebook The FTC Engineering Notebook -
Link to official information about the FTC Engineering Notebook at the FTC site

In 2008, Oregon's Inspire Award Winner the Psychotic Strawberryz competed at the FTC World Championships and were awarded the Think Award. The FTC Engineering Notebook is an important part of the judging process for the Think Award. The Psychotic Strawberryz's presented an outstanding engineering notebook. The team shares it to help other FTC teams CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD. If you want to print it, warning it's over 150 pages.
Missed something? For an overview of the FIRST Tech Challenge, the FIRST organization and ORTOP - click here.

Tetrix Resources

Building the Ranger Bot

ORTOP's Tetrix Try-it Construction Instructions

ORTOP's Tetrix Try-it Construction Instructions
The ORTOP's Tetrix Try-it construction Instructions and materials were developed by ORTOP FTC Coaches and Workshop Instructors Jeff McBride, John DeLacy and Dale Jordan. If you have questions about the materials, send them to questions(at)ortop(dot)org

NEW!!! Tetrix Try-it 3.0 now available for download (6/28/10)

Tetrix Try-it Overview (READ ME)

Modular Robot Parts List

Modular Robot Tools

Group 1: Arm Assembly

Group 2: Chassis Assembly

Group 3: Contol Module Assembly

Group 4: Final Assembly

Simple Try-it Program NEW! Programming: Tetrix Try-it Robot C program to control motors, arm and pincher to pick up pop cans or wiffle balls.



FIRST Tech Challenge

Tetrix Promo Video

Carnegie Mellon Demo Tetrix Robot

The FTC Blog Spot



Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, send an email message to
or call 503-725-2920 or 503-725-2915

If you would like to register for an ORTOP workshop click here

If you need to contact us by mail, please use the following address:
ORTOP c/o OUS Industry Affairs
PO Box 751, IAFF
Portland, OR 97207-0751

If you need to visit us in person, we are located at:
Industry Affairs, Oregon University System
2125 SW 4th Ave., Suite 505
Portland, OR 97201