FIRST Tech Challenge Programs and Events

iSPACE provides all sorts of FIRST Events to support FIRST (Junior FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge) teams, coaches, mentors and tournament coordinators.

Check back often for updates to our scheduled programs/events.

Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshop Events

The Oho FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff and workshop events will take place Saturday September 10, 2016 in Cincinnati and Cleveland.  This is a big day for FIRST Tech Challenge teams.  Besides the new game reveal, a variety of workshops will be available for new and experienced FIRST Tech Challenge team members.

Cincinnati FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshops


GIT Software Management

Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned From an Unexpectedly Successful Season

Cleveland FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshops


Ohio 2016-2017 Scrimmage and Referee Training

Cincinnati FIRST Tech Challenge Referee Training at iSPACE

100 Scarlet Oaks Drive
Cincinntai, OH 45241

November 19, 2016
9:30 am – Noon

Contact:  Dan Kobida


FIRST Tech Challenge Ohio Cincinnati Regional Scrimmage
Hosted by The Radical Six FTC 6961

100 Scarlet Oaks Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45241

We are limited on time since this is an evening event.  We are limiting the tournament to 8 teams.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Scrimmage 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Contact Info: Cherie Estill, Coach FTC 6961 The Radical Six  513-984-6081

Please supply
– team name & number
– contact name, e-mail, telephone

FIRST Tech Challenge Cleveland Scrimmage and  Referee Training
Sponsored by Hacksaw Team 1001 Lyndhurst, OH

Kirtland High School
9150 Chillicothe Road
Kirtland, OH 44094

Sunday December 11, 2016 
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact:  Pat Checkel –


FIRST Tech Challenge Ohio Cincinnati Regional Scrimmage
at Roger Bacon High School   Cancelled

4320 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45217-1542

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Doors open at 10:00am – come, get settled and get in some practice time
Scrimmage 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Information here:

Contact Info: Br. Chris Cahill, OFM  513-641-1300 x1168

Please supply
– team name & number
– contact name, e-mail, telephone


FIRST Tech Challenge Loveland OH Scrimmage
Hosted by Loveland Robotics Team (5040 and 10464)

Loveland High School
1 Tiger Trail
Loveland, OH 45140

Saturday January 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tentative schedule:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Team set up and practice.  Teams wanting to go through an inspection or interview will have the opportunity

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Scrimmage

Register Now!

Contact: Phil Marchal –


FIRST Tech Challenge Dayton-Troy Scrimmage
Hosted by WACO Aerobotics

Wright State Nutter Center
3640Colonel Glenn Highway
Fairborn, OH 45324

Sunday February 5, 2017

This event is open to any FTC team that would want to participate and get some extra driving time.

There will be no judging sessions, but plenty of opportunity to drive and compete.

Please review the details below about this event:

Date: February 5, 2017 in the McLin Gym at the Nutter Center

7:00 AM – Pits Open – Robot Inspections

8:00 AM – Opening Ceremony for FLL and FTC teams will be included

9:00 AM – FTC Scrimmage Begins – Qualifying Rounds

11:30 AM – Qualifying Rounds End – Lunch Break

12:00 PM – Alliance Selection

12:30 PM – Semi-final Rounds Begin

1:30 PM – Final Round

2:00 PM – Recognition and Closing

There is no registration cost for this event and there are concessions available/many restaurants in the area for lunch.

Contact WACO Aerobotics at:

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament Registration Opens 9/11/16 at 12:00 a.m.

Qualifying Tournament are held in December, January and February. There are six tournaments in Ohio. See this page for more information regarding dates and locations of the tournaments.

  • September 11, 2016 Ohio Qualifying Tournament Registration will begin.  Ohio teams may register for ONE Ohio Qualifying Tournament starting on this date.
  • September 25, 2016 we’ll open a second round of Tournament Registration.  Ohio teams may register for a second Qualifying Tournament if they choose starting on this date.
  • On November 1, 2016 if there are still slots available we will open a third round of Tournament registration for Ohio Teams to register for a third tournament and teams residing in contiguous states (Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan) to register for one tournament
  • New Wait List Priority System
    In the past the wait lists for qualifying tournaments was purely done with a time stamp.  This year Ohio Teams will have priority on any wait lists that are created for Ohio Qualifying Tournaments.
  • This year in Ohio we are going to carefully monitor the FIRST rule about THREE Tournament limits for advancement. This is rule 7.2 in the game manual. “Those Teams who compete in more than three Qualifying Tournaments, League Championships, and Championship Tournaments do so for the purpose of being involved in the fun and excitement of the Tournament and not with the intention of winning awards or advancing to the next Tournament level.”   If you have any questions about this please feel free to get in touch Lori McAlister for more information or clarification.
  • Teams who are no-shows or who pull out of a OH Qualifier without providing at least a 10 day advanced notice may forfeit a slot at the OH Championship. Tournament registration fees will not be refunded unless teams give a 30 day notice of non-participation. There will be a $25 handling fee for all cancellations.

Registration Begins September 11, 2016!



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