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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➾ 2019-2020 SEASON

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

This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.

Together, we RISE. 

What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?

More than ever, we must come together to innovate and solve problems. In FIRST, you are part of a thriving community brimming with inspiration, creativity, and hope for a stronger, more sustainable future—one that’s built better together.

Click here for more information about SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm.

2019 – 2020 Schedule of Events

August 30, 2019 – (Alumni Event) Ice Cream Social and Game Night (Oxford, MS)

September 7, 2019 – FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff (Flowood, MS)

September 14 & 15, 2019 – (Alumni Event) Robot in a Weekend (Oxford, MS)

October 5, 2019 – Build-it Day (Tupelo, MS)

October 12, 2019 – Build-it Day (Prentiss, MS)

October 19, 2019 – “Ready or Not” Scrimmage (Richland, MS)

October 26, 2019 – Build-it Day (Biloxi, MS)

November 2, 2019 – Build-it Day (Vicksburg, MS)

November 9, 2019 – Qualifier (Bogue Chitto, MS)

November 16, 2019 – Qualifier (Biloxi, MS)

December 7, 2019 – Qualifier (Oxford, MS)

January 11, 2020 – Qualifier (Flowood, MS)

January 18, 2020 – Qualifier (Pascagoula, MS)

February 1, 2020 – Qualifier (Jackson, MS)

February  8, 2020 – Qualifier (Senatobia, MS)

February 28 & 29, 2020 – Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship (Oxford, MS)

April 13 – 18, 2020 – FIRST Championship (Houston, TX) CANCELED

April 25 – May 2, 2020 – FIRST Championship (Detroit, MI) CANCELED

2019 – 2020 Qualifying Tournaments

Qualifying Tournaments are held in several areas across the state of Mississippi. At these tournaments, teams compete for their spot at the Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship in Oxford, MS. Qualifying Tournaments adhere to FIRST standards in format, judging, and awards.

To view the results of the 2019-2020 past Qualifying Tournaments, please CLICK HERE.
For a list of registered teams at each Qualifying Tournament, please CLICK HERE.

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*Registration for the 2019-2020 season has closed.*

Bogue Chitto Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Technocats #6273
November 9, 2019 – Bogue Chitto Attendance Center 

Biloxi Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Tempest #6556
November 16, 2019 – St. Patrick Catholic High School

Oxford Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Robodores #6076
December 7, 2019 –
Lafayette High School

Flowood Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by NEKOS #6302
January 11, 2020 – Hartfield Academy

Pascagoula Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Avengers #11033
January 18, 2020 – Pascagoula High School

Jackson Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Techno Warriors Advanced #3486
February 1, 2020 – Muse Center, Hinds Community College

Senatobia Qualifying Tournament, Hosted by Challenge Accepted #7802
February 8, 2020 –
Northwest Community College

2019 – 2020 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

The 2019-2020 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge Championship was held on Friday, February 28, 2020 & Saturday, February 29, 2020 on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. The event took place in two locations on campus – the Jackson Avenue Center and the C. M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.

Results and Recipients: 

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, Bogue Chitto, MS)
Judge’s Award#6302 – Odyssey
Hartfield Academy, Flowood, MS
Promote Award#8651 – Wait For It…
Rankin Robotics, Pearl, MS
Compass AwardMr. Steve Ciaravino
#16151 – R U Serious, NGenius Learning, Brandon, MS
Affiliate Partner’s AwardMr. 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.