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.
|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||
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.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
|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
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 APPLICATION PROCESS
You must complete ONE APPLICATION PER TEAM. This is not a multi-team application. More than one application can be submitted for a school or organization for different teams.
STEP #1: Prepare to submit your online application by gathering all of the information a paper worksheet. DOWNLOAD and PRINT IT by CLICKING HERE -
Please note the form will allow you to fill in blanks but this is not
the online application. This is for your use only. No information will
be transmitted to ORTOP using this form.
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
|ORTOP FTC Fest (workshop) information||CLICK HERE FOR ORTOP FTC FEST (workshop) INFORMATION|
|FTC Robotics Kit 2011||
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.|
|GETTING STARTED GUIDE|
|ORTOP's Tetrix Try-it Construction Instructions||
ORTOP's Tetrix Try-it Construction Instructions
Tetrix Try-it Overview (READ ME)
|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.|
If you have questions about the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, send an email message to
If you would like to register for an ORTOP workshop click here
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