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.

State Championship

The Wisconsin State FTC Championship will be held at the MSOE Kern Center on February 22nd, 2020. 

Pre-Qualifier Events

Registration for pre-qualifier events will open October 7th. Current confirmed pre-qualifier events for the 2019-2020 season are below along with their respective registration links or information:

Scrimmages
November 23rd, 2019 - Scrimmage @ Lake Country Lutheran (401 Campus Dr, Hartland, WI 53029)
Register Here
Come test and refine your robot while networking with other teams in the area. Registration fee is $25. Don't have a working robot? All teams are welcome, feel free to stop by and check out what other teams are up to. If your team would like to spectate and not participate in robot matches, email meilickem@msoe.edu and let us know you're coming.

Open Lab Days & Practice Competitions
October 19th, 2019 with Supposable Thumbs ( 3500 S Glen Park Rd, New Berlin, WI 53151 )
Need extra help troubleshooting?  Need tools you don’t have?  Don’t have a field to practice on?  4106 Supposable Thumbs will be hosting open lab days throughout the season to help you!  Our first Open Lab Day is Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Bring your robot and a few key people and we will assist you.  Contact us at supposablethumbsftc@gmail.com with questions or to register.  Priority will be given to rookie teams.  

December 14th, 2019 with Milwaukee Tool FTC Tune Up Competition (Milwaukee Tool HQ 13135 W Lisbon Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005)
Come join other FTC teams as Milwaukee Tool is hosting a practice competition for FTC teams before official tournaments. The event is hosted at Milwaukee Tool’s state of the art facilities and the agenda will include interaction with industry engineers there to help teams continue to fine tune their robots. Come be part of a collaborative environment where the goal is to learn together!
Register Here

Every Saturday - Saturday Scrimmages at Lakeshore Robotics Education Center (2814 Wollmer St., Manitowoc, WI 54232)
Come to the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday's for help with your robot. Don’t need help? Come to practice driving with other teams in the area! For any questions or to register, email Arrow Guetschow at  Arrow@lakeshorefirstrobotics.org.

Qualifier Competitions

Check this page in December 2019 for more qualifer dates. Qualifer registration will open October 14th.

QUALIFIER REGISTRATION LINK

Current qualifiers scheduled for the 2019-2020 season are:

  • December 14th, 2019 - Lakeshore Qualifier @ Valders High School  (201 E Wilson St, Valders, WI 54245)
  • December 15th, 2019 - Wildcat Qualifier @ University School of Milwaukee (2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53217)
  • January 11th, 2020 - Fox Valley Qualifier @ Hortonville High School (155 Warner St, Hortonville, WI 54944)
  • January 18th, 2020 - Patriot Games Qualifier @ St. Luke's Church  (18000 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI 53045) 
  • February 1st, 2020 - Knack Attack Qualifier @ Lake Country School (1800 Vettelson Rd., Hartland, WI 53029)

Qualifier Process & Policies

Registration Dates

Round 1  & 2 qualifier placements have been sent out to all teams that registered. Placements were sent out via email by Mike Meilicke. If you feel that your email was blocked, contact Mike at meilickem@msoe.edu to receive a copy of your placement email.

Round 1 

  • October 14th, 2019 - Registration opens at noon
  • October 25th, 2019 -  Registration closes at noon
  • November 1st, 2019 - Tournament assignments released

Round 2

  • October 28th, 2019 - Registration opens at noon
  • November 8th, 2019 - Registration  closes at noon
  • November 11th, 2019 - Tournament assignments released

Round 3 - Now Open!

  • November 11th, 2019 - Round 3 Registration Opens at noon
  • Assignment will be released every Friday after round 3 registration opens

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. Each qualifier is $200, and teams can use credit cards or checks to pay for qualifiers.

All teams must have their registration fee paid before they can receive a qualifier placement. If the team is not paid before this time, they will be removed from the registration list.

Registration Policies

We will try to accommodate first preference. However, if a given qualifier(s) has more requests than spots available at the end of the round, the following priorities will be used to place teams:

During Round 1, priorities will be (in order):

  1. Explanation of why one qualifier is better than the other. Please Note: "We need more time" is not an appropriate explanation.
  2. Time of sign-up: priority will be given to the teams who sign up first. 

During Round 2, priorities will be (in order):

  1. Number of qualifiers already assigned to. Teams that did not register in Round 1 will be given priority
  2. Explanation of why one qualifier is better than the other 
  3. Time of sign-up: priority will be given to the teams who sign up first

During Round 3, priorities will be (in order):

  1. Number of qualifiers already assigned to
  2. Time of sign-up: priority will be given to the teams who sign up first
  3. In-state teams will be prioritized over out of state team. Out of state teams will be allowed to register for any remaining spots after November 25th

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 Mike Meilicke, FIRST Programs Coordinator at MSOE.