June 24-25, 2017

with Bonus Friday STEM Event on June 23, 2017


The Kossiakoff Center at

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Laurel, Maryland

Competitive FIRST Tech Challenge Teams - take your best shot at Velocity Vortex.

Win cash value prizes for your team at the inaugural Maryland Tech Invitational!

The mission of the Maryland Tech Invitational (MTI) is to bring together FIRST Tech Challenge teams from the region, nation and around the world who have demonstrated excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for a high quality competitive tournament. Invitations to the tournament will be earned through achievement in the FTC robot game during the season.

Up to 36 FTC teams will compete on the Velocity Vortex field at the MTI over two days. Judged technical awards will be given based on interviews and a team's engineering notebook. The MTI’s Winning Alliance and Finalist Alliance will be given cash awards directed to their teams’ school or non-profit to support their continued participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

All FTC teams are welcome to apply. MTI invitations will be awarded based on the level reached by a team in the robot game during a Championship event in the 2016/2017 season. The level of achievement at a Super Regional Tournament will be given higher consideration than that at a State Championship. Achievements at a State Championship that required a qualifying event will be weighted heavier than that of a State Championship that did not.

It is the intent of the MTI that the robots competing are primarily student built and programmed. This is in keeping with the goals of FTC. See FTC Mentor Manual, page 22.

The registration fee for this two day tournament is $300.00.

The LAST DAY for applying is Sunday April 16, 2017. If your team would like to be considered for a waitlist spot please fill out an application.

MTI invitations will be sent beginning April 19, 2017. Registration fees must be paid by Wednesday April 26. Failure to meet the fee deadline may result in your team's spot being given to a team on the wait list.