FTC Dutch Open 2016

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Fontys Hogescholen organises FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open Championship 2016 in the Evoluon Eindhoven

The FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open Championship 2016 (FTC Dutch Open Championship 2016) will take place this year in the Evoluon in Eindhoven from 1 to 3 April. 50 international teams will come to Eindhoven with their robots to compete with each other. Visitors (an expected 40,000) can watch the matches, but next to that can also take part in various workshops and demonstrations. Entrance is free.

FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open 2016

The teams, consisting of youngsters from 12 to 20 years of age, battle each other for the FTC Dutch Open championship 2016. About 500 youngsters from high schools and regional community colleges from all over Europe come to the Evoluon with the robots that they designed themselves. The tournament is being organised by Fontys Hogescholen in collaboration with many enthusiastic volunteers of FIRST Brabant. Promotion of science and technology plays an important role.

Main principle: having fun

The robots have to carry out assignments and teams will be rated by a jury, there is even a prize for the team that has most fun. That is the most important principle in the FTC Dutch Open Championship 2016: not just the technology, but the personal development of the participants. Some of the facets that come to mind are creative thinking, working in a team and going through the whole engineering process. Having fun is paramount!


On Friday 1 April the junior FIRST Lego League exposition will take place and there will be friendlies. Saturday 2 April will be the big day: the matches for the FTC Dutch Open Championship 2016 will take place that day. Sunday 3 April there will not be any official matches, but so-called fun-matches of FIRST Lego League. During the whole of the event, from 30 March till 3 April, the Evoluon will be opened from 10:00 to 18:00 (till 17:00 on Sundays).

Workshops: Escape Room and Makey Makey

From Wednesday 30 March until Sunday 3 April, Fontys Hogeschool ICT will be present with two unique workshops in and around the Evoluon: enter the Escape Room, solve the puzzle and try to escape. The workshop Makey Makey gives you a fun and creative opportunity to get acquainted with programming using self-made musical instruments.

RoboCup European Open

At the same moment the RoboCup European Open also takes place in the Evoluon (30 March till 3 April). This is a tournament for autonomous robots (soccer robots, care and music robots). Next to that there will be various workshops and demonstrations with robots. This event is being organised by the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e). This event is free entrance too.

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