FTC Southwest Qualifier

  • 11 Jan 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands Campus

Southwest Virginia Qualifying Tournament
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Southwest Virginia Community College (Richlands Campus)

Where: Southwest Virginia Community College Richland's Campus (Charles R. King Community Center, 724 Community College Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609)

Capacity:24 teams

When: Saturday, January 11th, 2014

In case of inclement weather, please call our FTC Weather Hotline at 804.464.8945 for updates

Description: This event is free and open to the public. High School and Middle School robotics teams from across Virginia compete to win a place at the FTC State Championship in March.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for students who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their own robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. 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 for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the State and World Championships
  • Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships


  • 7am team check-in
  • 8am-10am inspection and practice matches; judging sessions
  • 10am drivers' meeting
  • 10:30 opening ceremony
  • 11am-noon qualification matches
  • Noon-12:45 lunch
  • 12:45-2:30 qualification matches
  • 2:30 alliance selection
  • 3pm-5:15 elimination and final rounds
  • 5:30 closing ceremonies


For a quick explanation of this year's challenge, click on the image below

FTC 2014 Block Party

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