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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI FIRST TECH CHALLENGE ROBOTICS PROGRAM

Welcome to the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Program in Mississippi! We are a statewide community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). FIRST Tech Challenge teaches students the value of hard work, innovation, and creativity.


The Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi serves as the FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner for the state of Mississippi.

➾ 2020-2021 SEASON

The 2020-2021 season, FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, will celebrate the evolution of our sports and activities that make us physically and mentally strong.

As part of FIRST, we are building a culture that recognizes the athlete in each of us. We know that when we move, play, and compete in any sport, we use our minds—our creativity, imagination, and critical thinking—as much as we use our muscles. Let’s work together to champion the strengths of every person who plays the game and gives us a reason to cheer.

It’s time to be GAME CHANGERS.

 

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The 2020-2021 season, FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, will celebrate the evolution of our sports and activities that make us physically and mentally strong.

As part of FIRST, we are building a culture that recognizes the athlete in each of us. We know that when we move, play, and compete in any sport, we use our minds—our creativity, imagination, and critical thinking—as much as we use our muscles. Let’s work together to champion the strengths of every person who plays the game and gives us a reason to cheer.

It’s time to be GAME CHANGERS.

 

2020-2021 Preliminary Schedule of Events

September 8, 2020 – FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff (VIRTUAL EVENT)

League Meets: November 7, 2020 through January 30, 2020

League Tournaments: February 6, 2020 through March 13, 2020

Mississippi Championship: April 16-17, 2021

 

FIRST Championship (Houston): mid-July

2020-2021 League Information

Information coming soon!

Fair Play Initiative 

Our Basic Challenge

The current reality of the global pandemic has forced an adaptation in how FIRST Tech Challenge teams participate in events – FTC Remote Events. The events rely heavily on the teams to honestly represent their participation in the Remote Events. We are relying on teams to score their own matches honestly and accurately.

I have received questions since the announcement of this model that suggest that some teams may take the opportunity to be less than honest with their match reporting. Frankly, there is no way for us to stop or prevent this. We can provide encouragement and recognition to “do the right thing”.

Our Request of All of You

Honesty

     • Honesty and integrity are some of the hallmarks of FIRST teams. One of my favorite definitions of integrity is “Integrity is what you do when no one is watching.”  (C.S. Lewis).
     • Hold yourself and your team to high standards of honesty and integrity.

Transparency
     • Be open and transparent about all that your team does and accomplishes this season. Show the world that you have nothing to hide and that you are proud of your accomplishments!
     • Post a tagged walk-around video of your robot. Describe it and its functionality. Think of it as a self-inspection. You could even follow the inspection checklists.
     • Post a tagged video for each of the matches your team submits as part of all Remote Events you participate in this season. As a tip, for reasons of youth safety, avoid including faces and/or names in the videos. Create a playlist or channel for the videos and share widely!
     • Encourage the teams in your communities to do the same!

Accountability      

     • Hold yourselves accountable.
     • Hold the members of your team accountable.
     • Encourage other teams to be similarly committed to the values of FIRST.
     • Be a positive role model for what it means to be a FIRST team!
     • As a team, take the Fair Play for FTC pledge (see below).

Our Offer to Each of You

If your team is willing to do all of the requests listed above, then have one of the two primary coaches for your team send an email to mlowe@olemiss.edu attesting to your team’s participation in this Fair Play for FTC effort. We will:

     • List your team in a “Fair Play Teams” listing on the Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge website;
     • Mail your team a set of custom autographed “Fair Play” stickers to proudly display on your robot; and
     • Provide your team a “Fair Play for FTC” digital badge that can be added to your team’s website and other media.
Be sure to have your coach include a mailing address in the email.

The Fair Play for FIRST Tech Challenge Pledge
     • As a FIRST Tech Challenge Team, we hold to the FIRST Core Values.
     • We believe that the spirit of Gracious Professionalism® guides us to behave honestly and with integrity as we participate in FIRST.
     • We recognize that the learning we accomplish is the primary reward for our participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge.
     • All Remote Event Matches we participate in will be scored honestly and openly, as if we were participating in a Traditional Event.

Suggested Video Naming Scheme
     • FTC11235-MT1-M3 (team 11235 meet #1, match #3)
     • FTC11235-LT-M5 (team 11235, League Tournament, match #5)
     • FTC11235-MC-M4 (team 11235, Mississippi Championship Tournament, match #4)
     • FTC11235-Robot (team 11235 robot “walk-through/inspection”)
Create a channel or playlist and post your videos to a searchable video service (i.e. YouTube).

2020-2021 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

The 2020-2021 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 & Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Oxford, MS. 

More information and details to come!  Save the date!

Here are the results and awards from the 2019-2020 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship:

   

Inspire

Award

1st Place: #7802 – Challenge Accepted (Northwest MS Robotics, Senatobia, MS)
2nd Place: #8651 – Wait For It… (Rankin Robotics, Pearl, MS)
3rd Place: #3486 – Techno Warriors Advanced (Central Mississippi Robotics, Brandon, MS)

Winning

Alliance

#8651 – Wait For It… (Rankin Robotics, Pearl, MS)
#8803 – East Rankin Robotics (East Rankin Academy, Pelahatchie, MS)
#13176 – Spark-O-Matic Robotics (Jackson/Hinds Library System, Jackson, MS)

Finalist

Alliance

#6302 – Odyssey (Hartfield Academy, Flowood, MS)
#16151 – R U Serious (NGenius Learning, Brandon, MS)
#16489 – Virtual North (Northpoint Christian School, Southaven, MS)

Think

Award

1st Place: #3486 – Techno Warriors Advanced (Central Mississippi Robotics, Brandon, MS)
2nd Place: #14236 – Slight Malfunction (Community Group, Liberty, MS)
3rd Place: #10191 – Trial and Error (Vicksburg Jr. High School, Vicksburg, MS)

Connect

Award

1st Place: #16151 – R U Serious (NGenius Learning, Brandon, MS)
2nd Place: #13139 – Reload F5 (Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Madison, MS)
3rd Place: #13054 – Mechanical Master Minds (Long Beach High School, Long Beach, MS)

Collins  Aerospace

Innovate  Award

1st Place: #14236 – Slight Malfunction (Community Group, Liberty, MS)
2nd Place: #8803 – East Rankin Robotics (East Rankin Academy, Pelahatchie, MS)
3rd Place: #14799 – Javawocky (Lamar Christian School, Laurel, MS)

Design

Award

1st Place: #8651 – Wait For It… (Rankin Robotics, Pearl, MS)
2nd Place: #16151 – R U Serious (NGenius Learning, Brandon, MS)
3rd Place: #6273 – TechnoCats (Bogue Chitto Attendance Center, Bogue Chitto, MS)

Motivate

Award

1st Place: #13176 – Spark-O-Matic Robotics (Jackson/Hinds Library System, Jackson, MS)
2nd Place: #16694 – Misplaced Pieces (Hattiesburg Community Team, Sumrall, MS)
3rd Place: #6704 – Bot Shop (West Lincoln Attendance Center, Brookhaven, MS)

Control Award
presented by ARM, Inc.

1st Place: #8803 – East Rankin Robotics (East Rankin Academy, Pelahatchie, MS)
2nd Place: #6273 – TechnoCats (Bogue Chitto Attendance Center, Bogue Chitto, MS)
Judge’s Award #6302 – Odyssey
Hartfield Academy, Flowood, MS
Promote Award #8651 – Wait For It…
Rankin Robotics, Pearl, MS
Compass Award Mr. Steve Ciaravino
#16151 – R U Serious, NGenius Learning, Brandon, MS
Affiliate Partner’s Award Mr. Justin Mills
CMSE – University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Volunteer of the Year

Mr. Nathan Rodgers
Voice of Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge, Senatobia, MS

Dean’s List

Finalists

Finalist #1: Lauren Blacksher, #8651 – Wait For It…
Finalist #2: Mary Jansen, #3486 – Techno Warriors Advanced
Finalist #3: Logan Hariel, #8651 – Wait For It…

For additional information, please contact:

Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi
1111 Jackson Avenue W., Suite Q
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-6621

Fax: (662) 915-1762

Email: first@olemiss.edu

➾ What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, students aged for grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards.

Participants have access to over 80 million dollars in scholarships at over 200 colleges and universities. Find out more at firstinspires.org.

➾ Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with MS FIRST Tech Challenge! Individuals can mentor teams, volunteer at events, or join committees to help organize events. FIRST Tech Challenge is supported by a growing network of sponsors that provide funding, mentorship, time, talent, equipment, and more. FIRST Tech Challenge is privileged to have the support of some of the most respected organizations in the world.

➾ 2019-2020 SEASON

A highlight video of the 2019-2020 SKYSTONE competition may be viewed here.