Find out about FIRST Tech Challenge and learn about this year’s game challenge called Rover Ruckus. See a playing field set-up for this year’s game and participate in workshops to get your season started.
Victoria Kick-off Date: Saturday September 15, 2018 from 1-4pm
Location: University of Victoria Engineering/Computer Science(ECS) Building
Parking lot A is a small metered lot that can be used as a drop off location. Lot 1 is the closest lot for parking for longer term parking.
In 2018-19, FIRST teams in British Columbia have access to a variety of grant opportunities. Some grants could help with paying registration fees, others are for equipment such as EV3 kits, WeDos or laptops.
Grant Application Deadline: Sept. 25, 2018 Complete the application form by Sept. 25, 2018 to be considered in the initial round of grants.
Some grants will be based on a specific criteria set by the sponsor, other grants are more open ended. The forms linked to below collect the information we need to allocate the grants. By completing our application your team will be reviewed for eligibility for all grants and considered for all grants for which your team is eligible. A more complete application will result in a better chance of receiving a grant.
All of the information collected in our application is relevant to the targets or goals of one or more of our grantors. Data collected in our application may be used in connection with grant reporting. Summary data could be used in newsletters, websites and marketing materials associated with FIRST British Columbia. At no time will student identifiable information be released or published.
The grant application will stay open as long as there are grants available.
Please complete the form for the program of your choice. If you work with multiple teams, please complete a new application for each team.
In British Columbia, the 2018/19 FIRST Tech Challenge season uses a League format leading on the the Provincial Championship. It means that your team will get more opportunities to play matches with your robot.
All teams are encouraged to participate in two League events which will be held from November to February. The scores from the League events will carry forward to the British Columbia Championship.
New this year, some of the FIRST Tech Challenge events will be held in both the Vancouver area and Victoria.
At each League event, teams will play up to 5 matches. Scores from a maximum of 10 matches will carry forward to the Championship.
Season Schedule (see the Events page dates, times, and locations)
September – Kick-off
October – Workshops
November to January – League Events
February 23-24 2019 – British Columbia FTC Championship
St. Michael’s University School, Victoria
Questions and Answers
Why are there Leagues?
The primary reason for implementing Leagues is to create more opportunities for Teams to compete with the robots. Leagues encourage teams to learn about the Engineering Design Process by having the opportunity to design, build, test, evaluate, and then start the design cycle again.
Leagues should be easier for most students and teams to participate. They require less of a time commitment yet provide unique learning opportunities. Teams can learn from each other as the try new designs and improve their programming skills.
Leagues promote community: Teams interact more and develop closer ties.
How do League Rankings Work?
Teams receive scores for each Match they participate in. Their best 10 scores carry forward to the Championships (automated by the scoring system). All other Match scores for that team are discarded.
Could a team play more than ten matches in League play?
Teams may play more than ten matches in League play, but no team will have results from more than ten matches included in the team rankings at the start of the Championship.
Do teams hand in their Engineering Notebook at each League event?
It’s always a good idea to have your Engineering Notebook with your team, but you only need to hand in your Engineering Notebook for judging at the Championship.
If my team misses a League event, can we still compete in the Championship?
Yes, any team registered in the British Columbia Championship is welcome to compete. Your team will have fewer matches included in rankings at the end of the Qualifying Matches.
What is the difference between a League Event and the Championship Tournament?
At League events, teams will have a pit area, go through robot inspections and then start playing matches. Each team should expect to play 5 matches at a League event.
At the Championships, all teams will check in and be assigned a pit table. Each team will have an assigned 10 minute Judging Interview in the morning. After Opening Ceremonies, all teams will play in 5 Qualifying matches. The scores of these matches are added to the scores from League Play to rank the teams for Alliance Selection. The top four alliances will play off in the exciting Elimination Matches, followed by Closing Ceremonies and Awards.
Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST® celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUSSM.
In the 2018/2019 FIRST Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space-themed game. Prepare to rouse a ruckus and take your team on an adventure when the new season launches this September.
FIRST knows there’s a place for ladies in the STEM field. On Tiara Friday, FIRST participants show their support for women in STEM by wearing Tiaras.
FIRST Tech Challenge League Three in British Columbia was on Friday Feb. 16, and we celebrated Tiara Friday. League 3 results and combined league results are posted here.
Team Members, Coaches and Volunteers, it’s a FIRST tradition. There’s lots of variety in what is a tiara. Some teams get creative! Here are some pics of people on Tiara Friday. Continue reading “FIRST Tiara Friday”