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FTC Florida News - September 2, 2012

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FTC Florida News - September 2, 2012

Post by Admin on Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:17 pm

Hello Teams:

Please share this and all other FTC email blasts with your team. Unless you have made other arrangements with me, the only people on your team that receive this email are the main and alternate team contacts that are listed in the FIRST Team Information Management System. All of the Florida FTC team email blasts are placed in an email archive on the www.flfirst.org web site. Reply to this email if you would like to be removed from this email list.

Topics covered in this email include:

1. FIRST in Florida Welcome Letter
2. FTC Season Kickoff - September 8, 2012
3. "Guess the Game" by FTC 2845, Team Duct Tape
4. League Play Tournament System
5. Call for League Leaders
6. Team Registration
7. Rockwell Collins Rookie and Veteran Team Grants
8. FIRST Consent and Release Online System
9. Brandeis University Study
10. Florida FTC Social Media

Attachments: FIRST in Florida Welcome Letter, Guess the Game Flyer, League Guide to Team Play

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1. FIRST in Florida Welcome Letter

Florida FTC, FRC, FLL, and Jr.FLL leaders welcome teams to the new season in the attached letter. The FIRST Progression of Programs flyer attachment referenced in the letter can be viewed here: www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Docs/2012-2013/FIRST%20in%20Florida%20Info%20Flyer.pdf

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2. FTC Season Kickoff - September 8, 2012

The 2012 Florida season kickoff will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012. This free event is sponsored by FTC team 5454, dent in the universe and it is open to the public. We will offer technical presentations that directly relate to the new robot game and League Play, reveal the game, display the playing field for teams to explore, and hold a Q&A session. Teams attending the kickoff will receive sample game elements to jump-start their robot design efforts.

Send an email to Michael.Coleman@flfirst.org by September 6th with your team number(s) and the estimated number of attendees so that we can assure that we have sufficient seating, refreshments, and game elements. Last year we had a standing room only crowd at the kickoff. We are adding temporary seats to the auditorium that increase the capacity to around 200. Our contingency plan for an overflow crowd is to ask coaches, mentors, and guests to wait until all of the students have a seat before sitting down. Some visitors may need to view a second showing of the game reveal if we exceed the capacity of the auditorium.

If you attend the kickoff, please ask your team to keep the game confidential until 3:00 p.m. That means, no pictures posted, no tweets or FB updates with game information, etc.

Coaches, mentors, and students are required to turn-in FIRST Consent and Release Forms at the kickoff. Instructions for using the online Consent and Release system and access to hard copy versions of the form are described in topic #8 below.

Lunch is not provided at the kickoff. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided between the workshops and the game reveal.

The kickoff event will be held at the Orange County-University of Florida/IFAS Extension Education Center located at 6021 South Conway Road in Orlando. The web site for the education center is found here: ocextension.ifas.ufl.edu

4-H is holding their season kickoff at this location from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Don't arrive early unless you are attending the 4-H festivities because parking may not be available for arriving FTC teams until the 4-H crowd thins out.

Technical presentations and the kickoff ceremony are located in the auditorium adjacent to the covered drive-through. The auditorium is the closest building to South Conway Road.

FTC Kickoff Schedule:
12:45 p.m. - Check-in

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. - Mechanical Design and Materials presentation. Andrew Rudolph presents mechanical design concepts that are inspired by this year's game challenge.

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. - Video Production presentation for FTC teams presented by Andrew Rudolph. Team created videos are twenty-five percent of the state rankings that determine the teams attending the Florida Championship. These videos also contribute to judging scores at the Florida Championship. This is a must attend presentation for teams that want to qualify for the Florida Championship and be competitive for a judged award.

3:00 p.m. - Game reveal, teams explore the playing field, and game elements are distributed.

4:00 p.m. - Game and League Play Q&A


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3. "Guess the Game" by FTC 2845, Team Duct Tape

Have you been following the game hints on the FTC blog? If not, visit the FTC Blog at firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com join the fun of dissecting the blog for hidden game hints Team Duct Tape has a "duct tape" prize for the person that submits a game description that is closest to the actual game. Read the attached flyer to learn how to submit your game description to Team Duct Tape.

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4. League Play Tournament System

The Florida FTC program is piloting a League Play tournament system for FIRST during the 2012 and 2013 seasons in advance of the world wide rollout of League Play. Read the attached Team Guide to League Play to learn what it takes to have a successful season. I recommend that team leaders and students read this document as soon as possible. Teams need to assess how the League Play system affects the season schedule, strategy, deliverables, judging, and advancement to the Florida Championship.


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5. Call for League Leaders

I am very thankful for the handful of enthusiastic people that have volunteered to join League Committees. No matter where your team is located, we need additional League Committee members. We are especially in need of League Leaders in Hillsborough County and the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale regions. Send an email to Michael Coleman at michael.coleman@flfirst.org if you would like to join a League Committee.


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6. Team Registration

The League Play season schedule is more active than the standard FTC qualifying system. It is very important that we assign teams to Leagues over the next few weeks so that League Committees have the information they need to run their Leagues. Please visit the FIRST Team Information Management System (TIMS) this week and register your team(s). The TIMS login page is located here: https://my.usfirst.org/ftc/tims/site.lasso All you need to do is update the information fields so that all of the red x's turn to green checks. This should cause your team(s) to pop-up in the FTC team database so that I know to assign the team(s) to a League. You can pay the registration fee anytime prior to the start of competition season in November.

In addition to registering in TIMS, all teams need to immediately send an email containing the following information to michael.coleman@flfirst.org:
Team Number
Team Name
County
City

I need this information because my view into the team database only shows the city of the main contact, which may not be the same city that best represents the team's home location. Knowing the county will help me create Leagues that limit the number of multi-county Leagues. Teams that don't send me this information in a timely manner may end up in a League that is further away from their home base.


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7. Rockwell Collins Rookie and Veteran Team Grants

We are very fortunate that Florida is one of a few regions where Rockwell Collins sponsors FTC teams. I am very happy to report that, Rockwell Collins has doubled their team sponsorship to a total of $20,000!! Each League Committee will nominate one rookie team and two veteran teams for the Rockwell Collins grants. The rookie team grant covers the $275 registration fee to FIRST and a robot kit-of-parts. The veteran team grant covers the $275 team registration fee. In addition to the League nominated grants, there are a few wild card rookie and veteran team grants for the Florida Affiliate Partner to nominate. Teams that are interested in receiving a Rockwell Collins grant should go ahead and register in TIMS, but DON'T pay the registration fee. The grant pays directly to FIRST and LEGO Education, no money flows directly to teams.

League Committees will be finalized over the next few weeks. Committees should immediately start looking for rookie and veteran teams to nominate for the Rockwell Collins grants. Grant nomination forms will be provided to League Committees by the Florida Affiliate Partner.


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8. FIRST Consent and Release Online System

All participants at official FTC events (Kickoff, Workshops, Practice Days, Meets, League Championships, Florida Championship, etc.) are required to complete a Consent and Release form. In the past we have used a paper system that uses a lot of paper. This year all students are required to use the FIRST Student Team Information Member System (STIMS) for their Consent and Release information. Complete details are found on the FTC STIMS web page: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/stims Please visit this page today to learn how to get your students into STIMS. The full STIMS FAQ page is located here: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FRC/Game_and_Season__Info/2012_Assets/Important_Registration_%20Information_STIMS%20_FRC%20_and_FTC_Team_Roster.pdf

Coaches will check-in on event day as usual. In place of turning in paper consent and release forms for students, the coach will print a team summary page from STIMS and turn it in at team check-in for EVERY event. FIRST is still using a paper system for FTC coaches and mentors. Coach and Mentor Consent and Release forms need to be turned in at every event as well.

Students that haven't completed their STIMS registration may turn in a paper copy of the Consent and Release form.

Download a copy of the FIRST Consent and Release form here: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FTC/FTC_Documents/2011_2012_Consent_and_Release_Agreement.pdf


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9. Brandeis University Study

Brandeis University and FIRST are seeking teams and team leaders in a few select regions to participate in a multi-year impact study of student participants in FLL, FTC, and FRC programs. Florida is one of the regions targeted for the study. Team leaders that participate can earn $200 for themselves or their teams, and participating team members will earn financial incentives. Download this letter from FIRST for all of the details: www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Docs/2012-2013/FIRST%20Brandeis%20Letter.pdf

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10. Florida FTC Social Media

The Florida FTC program offers several online social networking options that facilitate team-to-team communication. These are great forums to share your team's best practices, ask for help, organize informal scrimmages, or to keep in touch with your FIRST friends. Checkout Florida FTC online today:

Forum - http://flftc.forumotion.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FloridaFTC
FIRST in Florida: http://FIRSTinFlorida.wordpress.com

Take care,

Michael Coleman
FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida
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