2018 Judged

Technical Awards

The MTI Committee, in partnership with our sponsors, have created technical awards for this tournament: two hardware awards and one software award. None of the standard FTC awards will be given.

Each team will receive a commented rubric from their judges at the end of the tournament. This will provide feedback so that teams will know where they are strong and where improvements can be made.

NEW for MTI 2018 - No Engineering Notebook Review

In order to maximize the time judges have to speak with teams and observe match play, there will be NO review of Engineering Notebooks at this year’s MTI.

What we are asking teams to provide is a one page flyer (it can be printed on the front and back) that illustrates why your design and robot should be considered for one or both of the MTI Hardware Awards. These focused, carefully thought out flyers will free up valuable time for our judges so they can learn more about your amazing robots first hand. Please turn these at check in.

See the hardware award rubrics for criteria on how these will be evaluated. Here are a few examples from FRC for your reference:

Maryland Tech Invitational 2018 Judged Awards

Innovative Sensor Fusion Award - recognizes the team that utilizes sensors and software to enhance automated and driver assisted control. Independent of team competition ranking, this award recognizes the system architecture that combines sensors and software to enable a robot and driver to positively respond to planned and unplanned events during game play. The winning team will receive a $500 grant.

Team must apply for this award in order to be considered. You should turn in your team's application at Team Check In on Saturday June 23rd. Instructions and rubric for this award can be found in THIS FOLDER.

Sponsored by Wortech Corp who generously donated funds and valuable time to make this award possible. Wortech Corp focuses on information technology engineering services.

Misumi Mastery Award - will go to the team that the judges deem to have the most creative and robust hardware solution to this year’s challenge. The team that receives this award really impressed the judges with their engineering process, design and performance on the field. The top team will receive a $500 grant.

Rubrics for this award can be found in THIS FOLDER.

Graciously sponsored by Misumi USA - empowering engineers with configurable components.

K.I.S.S. Award - This award will go to the team that has embraced and demonstrated the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Straightforward and Simple) philosophy when designing their robot. This award celebrates the accessibility and reliability of an elegant mechanical design. This award can be given to a team for their overall design or for a specific component on their robot. The winning team will receive a $500 grant.

Rubrics for this award can be found in THIS FOLDER.

Kindly sponsored by Polaris Alpha, a Parsons Company navigating complexity.

Judges Award - This is an optional award that may be given to a team that the MTI judges would like to recognize for achievements not addressed in the awards listed above.