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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.
ORTOP Team Support
Please read the information below prior to applying for financial support through ORTOP Team Support.



Who should consider applying? Schools, community organizations, after-school programs and individual coaches are encouraged to investigate and apply for an ORTOP Team Support to assist in covering the cost of FTC tournament registration fees, tournament materials, robot kits, spare parts, raw materials for fabrication, tools and other items directly related to the FTC program. Funds CANNOT be used for Coach Stipends.

Team support are awarded to teams demonstrating a strong financial need and barriers to other funding resources. Team Support consideration is also given to students who might not otherwise participate because of cultural or social barriers. These students include girls and minorities underrepresented in Oregon's technology workforce.
FIRST Tech Challenge teams who were awarded Oregon Department of Education grants or iGrants from Washington for the 2014-2015 season are encouraged not to apply for ORTOP Team Support.
Why is the team support application so extensive? Beyond the contact and financial need information, the ORTOP Team Support committee wants applicants to be aware of what it takes to put together a successful FIRST Tech Challenge team program. The information provided and the application process helps you determine if the program is a good fit for you (and your organization) and to develop a plan for success before receiving the funds. Less than 5% of teams receiving Team Support fail to reach a qualifying event. We want teams receiving support be informed and committed to the objectives of the FIRST Tech Challenge program and ORTOP.
Requirements for Team Support
  • Team must hold team meetings in Oregon or SW Washington (counties adjacent to Portland Metro area, Skamania or Klickitat counties)
  • Two Team coaches will create a user accounts at the FIRST site to comply with the FIRST Youth Protection Program and associated with the team number.
  • Team will have at least 6 team members and not more than 15 team members.
  • Team will meet at least twice a week for 1.5 to 2 hours each meeting. This is bare minimum.
  • Team will register and attend a Qualifying Tournament or join a League and participate in League Play. Failure to participate in a QT or League Championship can result in a request to return all funds awarded.
  • If a robot kit is awarded to a new team, they must participate and attend a qualifying events or /League Play for two years in a row to own the robot kit and at such time it will belong to the participating school or organization.
If you have questions please contact us or call 503-725-2920.




Support for new teams
Brand New Team = a newly established team at a school or organization with new students and no access to a Tetrix/Matrix robot kit.
Support for returning teams
Returning Team = an established team at a school or organization even if there are mostly or all new students on it. Has access to a Tetrix/Matrix robot from a previous year.
Oregon Department of Education FIRST Robotics Grants
Oregon Department of Education Grant Process is closed for the 2014-2015 season.
ORTOP Financial Team Support Application is NOW OPEN.
Applications will be reviewed weekly starting the week of August 4, 2014.   Funds will allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis to well qualified teams. Team Support applications must be received on or before October 25, 2014.  This deadline may be accelerated if funds are exhausted by well qualified applications received in August.  A second round of team support will be announced if funds are available after September 3, 2014.

ORTOP Team Support

***BEFORE YOU APPLY*** It is VERY important if you are starting an FTC program for the very first time or are taking over an existing team, that the adults working with the team understand what the FTC program is about and the time committment involved.
Take a few minutes and WATCH THIS VIDEO. Get excited about the amazing possibilities for your team.

NEXT, Get REAL and look at the FTC Game Page, read through FTC Game MANUAL PART 1. This will provide a real picture of what is involved and expected of the team members and adults associated with the team. Click on the past challenges link to read Part II of previous year's challenges.
Check out the Team Mentor Resources page.|
And the Team Resources page.

Do not apply for funds unless you are informed and prepared to take on this challenge and give it your best.



CLOSED FOR THE 2014-2015 FTC Season.




Team Fundraising


Each new team will need approximately $2000 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.

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