As the Wisconsin FTC Affiliate, MSOE hosts the annual Wisconsin FTC State Championship, manages qualifier assignments, and is available to answer any questions for new organizations hoping to start an FTC team with their 7th – 12th grade students.

Pandemic Response Updates

Note that this section refers to FTC specific pandemic response items and not the full measures being taken by MSOE or policies for MSOE STEM programs. 

November 12th, 2021 Update

As we get closer to the start of tournament season, we wanted to share some updates on the policies for all qualifiers in Wisconsin. 

In order to keep our teams and volunteers safe, masks will be required at all events, regardless of vaccination status.  Our goal is to make the qualifier season as exciting as possible for all of our teams and volunteers. We understand that some individuals are not comfortable in being in large event settings yet. We have decided to transition some of the qualifiers to a hybrid model to give our volunteers the chance to participate virtually.

Between now and Thanksgiving, events may transition into the hybrid model. Any teams affected by the change will be notified via email with more information. As a reminder about the hybrid format, all judging is conducted remotely the day before the published event date. The day of the event will only consist of robot matches and award ceremony.

More information on hybrid qualifiers will be shared at a later date. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Mike (meilickem@msoe.edu) or Andy (baisch@msoe.edu).

State Championship

The Wisconsin State FTC Championship will be held at the MSOE Kern Center on March 5th, 2022. Similar to last year, this will be a hybrid event.

We are always recruiting more volunteers for in-person and remote positions. Please contact Mike Meilicke (meilickem@msoe.edu) or Andy Baisch (baisch@msoe.edu) for more details.

Pre-Qualifier Events

We have two scrimmages available this year. Registration for both scrimmages is now open. Links to register are below. 

Scrimmages are un-official events. Teams are encouraged to attend to try out game strategy and/or robot design, but there will be no judging and no advancement to the State Championship. If your team has an event planned that you would like to share with other FTC teams, please contact Mike Meilicke with full event details.

Practice Fields Available

Need access to a full FTC Field?  Both MSOE and the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center are welcoming teams to come and practice on their fields! Access to fields at both locations is by appointment only.

If you are interested in utilizing the field at the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE, please contact Mike Meilicke . If you would like access to tools, storage or other equipment to work on your robots while at the Center, please include that in your request.  You will be sent a scheduling link for future use in that correspondence along with facility use agreement for the season.

If you are interested in utilizing the field at the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center, please contact Arrow Guetschow.

Qualifier Competitions

Qualifier Process & Policies

Registration Costs

Qualifier events are $175 each.

Registration Dates 

All registration open and close times are noon CST.

Round 1 - CLOSED

  • October 4th, 2021 – Registration opens
  • October 15th, 2021 – Registration closes
  • October 18th – 20th – Confirmations and invoices sent to teams

Round 2 - CLOSED

  • October 25th, 2021 – Registration opens
  • October 29th, 2021 – Registration closes
  • November 1st - 3rd  – Confirmations and invoices sent to teams

Round 3 - ONGOING

  • November 8th, 2021 – Registration opens
  • Confirmations and invoices sent to teams every Friday

You will be sent an email from meilickem@msoe.edu regarding your assignment. This email will have information on how to pay for the qualifier. Teams can use credit cards or checks to pay for qualifiers.

Registration Policies

During each round, teams may sign up for one qualifier. The qualifier that you sign up for is the qualifier that you are going to; you will not be placed in a qualifier based off of preferences. Qualifiers are first come first serve and waitlists will be available for every event.

During round 1 of registration, all teams may sign up for one (1) qualifier. Any team that signs up for more than one qualifier during round 1 will be removed from all qualifiers that they signed up for.

During round 2 of registration, all teams may sign up for an additional qualifier. Teams that did not register during round 1 may sign up for two qualifiers.

During round 3 of registration, all remaining spots are open to any team.

FAQ’s

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

The FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics competition designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Through their involvement with FIRST Tech Challenge, students discover the rewards of collaboration and develop a deeper understanding of innovation and engineering.

How do I start a team?

Learn more about FTC on the FIRST website or contact Andy Baisch, FIRST Programs Coordinator at MSOE.