1. Igniting young minds.
Teaching life skills.
Nurturing passions for science and technology.
Putting Oregon student’s FIRST
FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
(501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization)
2. ODE GRANT $635,000
Oregon FIRST Robotics Grant
ü Opened: Aug 22
q Closes: Sept 20
q Awards: Early October
Covers 2 programs 7-12th grades
q FTC: FIRST Tech Challenge
q FRC: FIRST Robotics Competition
3. Purpose of Grant Funds
The Oregon FIRST Robotics Grant supports this mission through a
competitive grant managed by the Oregon Department of Education
and funded by the 2013 Oregon Legislature.
The purpose of this grant is to:
Ø Increase the number of students interested in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related careers through
participation in FIRST programs.
Ø Elevate community involvement through mentorship and
sponsorship of FIRST teams.
Ø Increase the opportunities for students in Oregon middle schools
and high schools to participate in FIRST programs with a focus on
underserved students and rural communities.
Ø Any public middle schools or high schools including charter
schools are eligible to apply. Alternative schools for students
below age 19 are also eligible if they are operated by an
Education Service District (ESD), public school district, or
Ø All teams funded through this grant must register for and
participate in at least one officially sanctioned FIRST
Ø Each school may only submit one application, but may
request funding for multiple teams on the same application.
Max $10,000 per grant request.
5. General Requirements
All applications must address the priorities of the grant program
ü Increased student engagement in STEM education through
ü Demonstrated commitment to community involvement
through mentorships on FIRST teams.
ü Commitment to serving a diverse student population.
ü Participation in the FIRST robotic competitions.
6. Available Funding
Ø The available funding for this grant is approximately $635,000
which will be divided between two competitive grant processes
during the 2013 -2015 biennium.
Ø The maximum award for any single school is $10,000. Funds will be
awarded in set amounts as described in the table below.
Ø An additional travel subsidy of up to $2,000 for FRC teams and up
to $500 for FTC teams may be available to teams that are greater
than 90 miles from the closest competitive event.
7. Use of Funds
Grants will be awarded to start new teams and to help expand
existing FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech
Challenge (FTC) teams at middle schools and high schools.
Allowable uses of funds include:
Ø Stipend for a designated lead coach/mentor.
Ø FIRST registration fees for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Ø Travel to FIRST competitions.
Ø Other costs associated with direct participation in a FIRST
Grants will be scored using the attached scoring rubric. ODE
will also place a priority on high scoring grants that support:
Ø Creation of new teams.
Ø Creation of teams in areas of the state with lower numbers of
Ø Teams based in schools with over 40% free and reduced
Ø Teams based in schools with minority populations over the
state average of 35%.
TIP: Take time to write a good grant proposal.
9. Program Comparison
Program Comparison FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) FIRST Robotics Competition
Team Size 8 to 13 students Recommended
minimum – 12 students
National average – 28 students.
Training Opportunities September to November Locations
FIRST Fare 2013
November 16, 2013 Gladstone High
New teams will have access to a
veteran team for mentoring.
Registration Deadline December 1, 2013 December 5, 2013
Competition challenge released September 7, 2013
Molalla, The Dalles, Bend
January 4, 2014
University of Portland
Oregon State University
Time available for robot build October through January January 4, 2014 to February 18,
Oregon Open Competitive Events November through February
Most teams attend two qualifying
District events Thursday evening
through Saturday from
February 27 to April 5
Teams attend two events
State and Regional Invitational
Oregon FTC Championship
March 1 – 2, 2014
West Super Regional
Location and dates TBD (likely CA)
Pacific NW Regional Championship
April 9 – 12, 2014
Portland Memorial Coliseum
National Invitational Event April 23 – 26, 2014
St Louis, MO
April 23 – 26, 2014
St Louis, MO
Initial Registration Costs New teams – free
Existing teams – $275
New team -$6,000 (includes kit)
Existing team–$5,000 (includes kit)
10. The Competition
Head-to-head competition using sports model 4 teams on 12’ x 12’ field
30 second autonomous + 2 minute remote control = 1 match
Most teams compete in two Qualifying Events
12 Qualifying Events à Oregon State Championship
Hillsboro, Tigard, Corvallis, McMinnville, Hood River, Bend and Portland
• Design using CAD software PTC provided for free
• Tetrix and/or Matrix kit parts
• Fabricate parts from allowable raw materials list.
• Program in RobotC or LabView
• Document design journey in an engineering notebook.
Winning and Finalist Robot Game teams”
Robot Design – Eng. Notebook, Innovation, Control, Community Outreach
7th – 12th Grades
107 FTC teams in Oregon - 2012
What is FTC video:
11. FTC Schedule 2013-2014
• FTC Kickoff –– Sept. 7th – 11am – 2pm
• Various workshops hosted by teams and ORTOP
Sept thru November – consult www.ortop.org/ftc
• Fall and Winter Qualifying Events Nov – Feb.
• State Championship – Location TBD March 1 & 2
• FTC Western Regional Championship
• FTC World Championship – St. Louis 4/23-26, 2014
12. The Competition
3 on 3 competition using sports model on 27’ x 40’ field
15 second autonomous + 2 minute remote control = 1 match
Teams compete in two Qualifying Events with cumulative scoring
10 Qualifying Events – 3 in Oregon OSU, Oregon City, Wilsonville
64 out of 185 teams qualify for the PNW District Championship in PDX
• Design using Inventor/CAD software Autodesk provided for free
• Kit of parts included with registration
• Fabricate parts from allowable raw materials list.
• Program in LabView, C++ or JAVA
• Subteams of 12 – 50 students cover mechanical, electrical, programming,
business, fundraising, scouting, documentation, etc
24 awards that include robot design and community outreach
9th – 12th Grades
156 PNW teams in – 2012
13. FRC Schedule 2013-2014
• Workshops and student recruiting events hosted
Sept thru December – calendar www.oregonfirst.org
• FRC Kickoff – January 4th – 7am – 2pm
• 6 week build season – Jan 4 – Feb 18
• 10 qualifying events in March- 40 teams each
• PNW District Championship – April 9 – 12
– Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR- 64 teams will qualify
• FRC World Championship – St. Louis April 23-26
– 18-20 teams will qualify for Worlds
14. Starting a team info