State Championship - Tertiary Competition Options 2023 ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
North Carolina has received 4 invitations to regional and national post season events. Our top 4 ranked teams from the State Championship will have the option at attend one of the events below. Awards ceremonies will be held on each day of competition. However, advancement to World Festival and Region based Invitationals (noted below) will be assessed collectively (all 90 teams ranked), and advancement will be announced during the Sunday Award Ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live for viewing by Saturday teams. Saturday teams DO NOT need to attend the Sunday award ceremony in person.
We encourage all teams to review the list and decide which events your team would be interested in pursuing BEFORE the Award Ceremony on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
Top ranked teams will only have a few days to decide on where they will go. Selections will be made in rank order starting with 1st Place Champion. Deciding which events are right for your team in advance, will help you make a quick decision based on what is left if your team ranks in the top 4. Alternate teams (ranks 5 - 14) will be identified just in case any of our top 5 teams are unable to attend one of the events.
World Festival: April 19-22 2023 (Houston, Texas) Number of Invitations: 1 Event Website: https://www.firstchampionship.org/ Registration fees covered by N.C. A&T. Travel fees and any additional expenses are the responsibility of the team.
Worlds is the pinnacle of the FIRST competitions and the only tertiary event that hosts all programs, with hundreds of teams from around the world including FLL Discover, FLL Explore, FLL Challenge, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. This event will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Texas. There are 110 FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams invited about half from the US and Canada and about half from the rest of the World.
Razorback Open Invitational: May 18-21, 2023 (University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas) Number of Invitations: 2 Event Website: https://fllrazorback.com/ Registration fees, travel fees and any additional expenses are the responsibility of the team.
This event will be held on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. There are about 80 teams invited mostly from North American regions but also Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea and Spain. NC teams have been enjoying the Razorback since 2015, the inaugural year.
WPI has been running robotics events for over 20 years and is well known in the community for running team-centric, celebratory events. We have been running an FLL Championship and FRC Off-season for 22 years. We plan on bringing that experience to this new event. It will feature a similar level of AV Production as our BattleCry@WPI off-season which will be held the weekend prior (see this video of last year's BC: https://youtu.be/i54VZZX_Cyw)
Cost per team: $1500, which includes
12 event t-shirts per team
12 entries to Woo Sox game, which includes game ticket and $5 food voucher
Up to 10 participation medallions
Access for all to ceremonies and event
Access to campus and lab tours
Discounted pricing for all at on-campus dining hall
Discounted pricing for all at WPI Bookstore
Additional items available for purchase including t-shirts ($15), WooSox Game ($25), participation medallions ($5)
Note: This event will utilize the 2022-23 FLL Game, Superpowered, and all the current FLL Game and Participation rules. Fields will feature 2x3 borders (not 2x4s). Teams will have an opportunity to practice on competition fields upon arrival to adjust and calibrate their robots to the fields.
THANK YOU Regional Sponsors and Volunteers!
For information on the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in North Carolina, contact Mrs. Marie Hopper: