The Houston Champions: 724 Rednek Robotics Wun, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, and 8651 Wait For It have won at the FIRST Festival of Champions! It was to be a best 3 out of 5 matches, and the Houston alliance won the first two matches. However, in match #3 an opponent's ball got stuck in the top of Rise of Hephaestus robot for almost all of Teleop - thus leading to a 260 point penalty! So going into match #4, it was 2 to 1. 4216 tried again during autonomous to pick up one of the red balls that 724 had already shot into the vortex, but unfortunately the re-shot ball missed the vortex. These teams had collaborated long distance by Skype and tested meshing their autonomous routines by running them simultaneously on their home fields! In the end, they were able to score more balls into the vortex and thereby get their 3rd win and take the championship! Great performance teams, and congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for representing us in San Diego FTC so well!
Enjoy your visit to Dean Kamen's house this evening! For those of us at home, we can take a peek in the first minute of Dean Kamen's Slingshot water purifier video:
And what 3 months of collaboration might do: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI96gCev5V8
Tomorrow the FIRST Festival of Champions will be held in Manchester, NH. Champion FTC and FRC teams from the FIRST Championships in Houston and St. Louis in April will be meeting for a final competition. And our local team #4216 Rise of Hephaestus will be a part of the action! It will be held from 9am-1pm Eastern time, and a live broadcast on Twitch will be available from 10:30am-1pm Eastern/ 7:30am-10am Pacific:
This is the last event in the Velocity Vortex season. Follow #FIRSTFestivalofChamps on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook or better yet, tune in and cheer on Rise of Hephaestus!
For those that were watching the news or live feed, you may have caught that Ivanka Trump attended an exhibition match at FIRST Global Challenge this morning. Members of FTC 3595 Schrodinger's Hat and FTC 6037 W.A.G.S. Robotics make up Team USA and can be seen in these pictures:
The inaugural FIRST Global Challenge is now over, and not all the scores and information is posted yet, but their Twitter account has been announcing the awards:
Sophia Kovalevskaya awards for International Journey go to Teams Madagascar, France, and Nigeria
Dr. Mae Jemison awards for International Unity go to Teams United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Canada
Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli awards for Courageous Achievement go to Teams Oman, Afghanistan, and South Sudan
Zhang Heng Awards for Engineering Design go to Teams Mexico, Mali, and India
Ustad Ahmad Lahori Awards for Innovation in Engineering go to Teams Spain, Indonesia, and Latvia
Albert Einstein Award winners for FIRST Global International Excellence are Teams Lebanon, Tunisia, and continental team Oceania
FIRST Global Grand Challenge Awards go to Teams Armenia, Poland, and continental team Europe
Videos of the event can be found at their YouTube channel:
Day 2 video (Tuesday July 18)
article about the team from Afghanistan that was denied visas twice but eventually got permission to attend:
Congratulations to all who participated or volunteered at the event!
FIRST Global Challenge is the newest of Dean Kamen's competitions - it is specifically directed at international participation with one team from each country. In addition, there is one team from each continent (except Antarctica) for 6 Continental teams. The Challenge is inspired by the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering, and this year the Challenge theme is based on providing access to clean water. There are 3 robots on each side, and the 6 robots compete on a 6 meter x 4 meter field. For more info, see their website:
There's one more day of competition left - TUESDAY, July 18:
Here is a short description of the 2017 Challenge:
Monday July 17 was Day 1 of the competitions - here is some of the action (link will only play at Youtube):
If you'd like to see the opening ceremonies from Sunday July 16 with an Olympics-like parade of countries and the address by Dean Kamen, here it is (link will only play at Youtube):
Congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for winning PTC Design Award, Captain of the Finalist Alliance, and 3rd Inspire at the 2017 FTC Asia Pacific Invitational (API) in Sydney, AUSTRALIA!!
For those of you who missed the weekend event and would like to catch some of it, the livestream is now available on Youtube. They mute the microphone between a lot of the action so don't be surprised to hear nothing even though the video is running.
Day 1 of 2017 FTC API
Day 2 of 2017 FTC API
Day 1: 1st match for Rise of Hephaestus.
The timed links are not working properly - go to 48 min 54 seconds to view their first match.
Day 2: Alliance Selection for 8 alliances. Rise of Hephaestus is #3 seed.
After quarterfinals and semifinals, Rise of Hephaestus makes it to the Finals Matches!
The timed links are not working properly - go to 6 hr 52 min to view
After winning PTC Design and Captain of Finalist Alliance, Rise of Hephaestus receives 3rd Inspire!
The timed links are not working properly - go to 8 hr 6 min to view
FIRST FTC has just released a teaser video for the 2017-2018 season: FIRST Relic Recovery.
Full details will be released Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Kickoff!
The other half of FTC is having their World Championship in St. Louis now - here are links for those interested in seeing the results. As of this posting, there are about 10-12 qualification matches left for each division.
Edison Division livestream (named for Thomas Edison, inventor, businessman
Edison scores and rankings
Ochoa Division livestream (named for Ellen Ochoa, engineer, first Hispanic woman astronaut, Director of Johnson Space Center)
Ochoa scores and rankings
online scores for FTC by Purple Alliance
links for all livestreaming at FIRST World Championship
During Alliance Selection this morning in the Franklin Division, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus was the first pick of 724 RedNek Robotics Wun, the captain of the #2 seed alliance. And in the Jemison Division, 10092 Green.Griffins was the second pick of 5667 Robominers, the captain of the #4 seed alliance. Congratulations to both teams for advancing into the Semifinals!
Here are the results for those Semifinal matches:
Further congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for winning their Semifinals matches! They now advance to Division Finals and hopefully to Overall Finals!
The teams are in the Judged Awards Ceremony now, and after pits are cleared, the Finals for both FTC and FRC will be staged in Minute Maid Park at 2-6pm Pacific time today. Scores should show up here http://houston.worlds.pennfirst.org/
and hopefully they will have a livestream available at one of these links:
Come and cheer on Rise of Hephaestus!!