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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.

ORTOP / FTC Team Support - No longer accepting applications for 2015-2016. Application process will reopen in Spring 2016.

We encourage you to scroll and read the info before you click the link.

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 for the 2015-2016 season will not be considered for an ORTOP Teams Support Award.
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 Skamania or Klickitat counties only)
  • 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 sufficient funds are awarded to purchase a new team robot kit, team 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 503-486-7622




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. Award notications for the 2015-2016 season were sent out on August 8, 2015.

ORTOP has created a help page for individuals writing the ODE Grant application. This page has also has general information about FIRST Tech Challenge and can be used as a resource when applying for other grants.

ORTOP Financial Team Support Application will open on JUNE 1, 2015. These awards are funded by ORTOP Sponsors. ORTOP uses a common application to make these awards.
ORTOP will make Team Support Awards after the ODE Grants have been decided and teams notifiied. Teams receiving ODE grants will not be eligible for ORTOP Team Support Awards with the exception of teams in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman Counties. Teams in these counties are eligible for an ORTOP Team Support Award through Google.

Applications will be reviewed weekly starting the week of TBA.  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, 2015.  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, 2015.

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.

The 2015-2016 Oregon Team Support Award program is closed for this season. It will reopen in Spring 2016 for next 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.
  • See Marketing and Fundraising on the FTC National Website - Team Resources page.





New Controller TechnologyInformation on the new technology platform introduced in 2015 including online courses and in-person workshops.
The FTC Engineering Notebook
Team should use an engineering notebook to track and document their design process.  See the appropriate section of the FTC Game Manual, Part I, for details.

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 has shared it to help other FTC teams. Click her to download it. Before you consider printing it, notice that it's over 150 pages.
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!!!! 6/2015----Because of the New Tech Controller platform changes the robot plans below must be modified to support the New Tech Controller system. For 2015-2016 FTC teams will program in FTC App Inventor or Java.   FIRST has published instructions for 

Tetrix Try-it Overview 

Modular Robot Parts List

Modular Robot Tools

Group 1: Arm Assembly

Group 2: Chassis Assembly

Group 3: Contol Module Assembly

Group 4: Final Assembly



FIRST Tech Challenge

Tetrix Promo Video

Carnegie Mellon Demo Tetrix Robot

The FTC Blog Spot


Contact Us

Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program
4800 SW Griffith Drive, Suite 215
Beaverton, OR 97005

503-486-7622, x102