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FTC Team Blast - March 28, 2012

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FTC Team Blast - March 28, 2012

Post by Admin on Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:33 pm

Contents:
1. Bowled Over! season wrap-up note!
2. FIRST Future Innovator Award Deadline
3. Generation STEM: The future of robots and our workforce – online conference
4. Dean’s Homework
5. Travel Discounts for World
1. With the regular season over, the FTC staff would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the 2011-2012 Bowled Over! challenge.

The season was our biggest yet, with over 2,000 teams from around the globe, and was a huge success.

A special thank you to all the volunteers out there who gave their time and energy to ensure FTC events had the highest level of quality available! Also, a big thanks to all our mentors and coaches who play such a valuable role in shaping the next generation of technology leaders!

Have a great off-season and we look forward to seeing you for the 2012-2013 season. Registration for next season opens May 9th and Kick-off is Sept. 8th!

2. The deadline for the FIRST Future Innovator Award is extended to March 30th! If you have a great invention idea, this is the opportunity for you. Visit the FFIA page to learn more!

3. Join Jon Dudas, President of FIRST and former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, at the Robotics Trend’s online conference on Wednesday, 4/4 to discuss how we can reform STEM education today to prepare the next generation of innovators to enter the STEM workforce. Working side-by-side with students, the teachers who are involved in FIRST are connecting youth to exciting, hands-on afterschool activities. Qualitative information and research studies show that students learn and get inspired about science and technology when they are engaged in exciting challenges and mentored by teachers. In fact, FIRST Robotics Competition participants are three times as likely as their peers to study engineering in college, and are more likely to secure internships and to pursue STEM-related careers. Click here to register today.

4. Do Dean's Homework: Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST, gave homework to the FIRST community two years ago. That homework was to go out and tell people you are part of a FIRST program. This off-season, give it a try. Share your FIRST experience with others and get them involved. With the ever increasing problems with education, it's more important now than ever before to get people involved in FIRST to cultivate the STEM leaders of tomorrow.

So, don't just tell people you're on a robotics team, tell them you're on a FIRST Robotics team!

5. Travel Discounts for FIRST World Championship: If you are booking tickets through American Airlines online, please read the following instructions:
The discount can be booked online at www.aa.com/group for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge. Please allow at least 1 business hour for AA.com loading. Use the Authorization Number noted without the preceding A as the AA.com Promotion Code. Please note: this may not apply to some contracts.

Ken, JoAnn, Nancy, Mary, Lorrie and Timm

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