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FTC Florida News for Teams - June 24, 2013

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FTC Florida News for Teams - June 24, 2013

Post by Admin on Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Hello Teams,

As always, please share this email with everyone on your team.

Attachments: Mid-Season Survey Report, Post-Season Survey Report

Topics in this email include:

1. Season Schedule
2. Summer ROBOTC Projects
3. Team Grants
4. Team Registration
5. Florida League Play Survey Results
6. Brandeis University Longitudinal Study of the FIRST Programs

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1. Season Schedule
FIRST recently announced an additional level of tournament play between regional championships and the World Championship. Top performing teams at the Florida Championship will advance to the South Super-Regional held this season in Texas. FIRST hasn't determined the number of teams that will advance from the Florida Championship to the South Super-Regional. Approximately 20 to 25 teams will advance from the South Super-Regional to the World Championship held in St. Louis, Missouri. See the FIRST web site for additional information about Super-Regionals: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/super-regionals

Florida's FTC season will be shortened by approximately 4-weeks in order to give teams sufficient time between the Florida Championship and the South Super-Regional. Florida's League Play season schedule hasn't been finalized; however, we expect it to be something like the following:

Kickoff - September 7, 2013
Practice Events - October 2013
League Meet #1 - November 2013
League Meet #2 - December 2013
League Championship - No later than January 12, 2014
Florida Championship - Late January or early February 2014

To accommodate the shortened season, we will likely reduce the minimum number of qualifying events (Meets and/or League Championships) that teams are required to attend from last season's 3-events to 2-events.


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2. Summer ROBOTC Projects
The following activities are free and they don't require access to an FTC robot kit.

For Students and Adults:
- Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) FTC Summer Challenge ROBOTC programming game for students and adults: http://www.cs2n.org/competitions/cs2n-ring-it-up
- Summer of Learning ROBOTC Online Classes: http://www.robotc.net/blog/2013/06/12/free-robotc-classes/

Just For Students:
Earn a ROBOTC Student Certification this summer: http://robotics-academy.org/blog/2013/06/14/robotc-student-certification/

Just For Adults:
IACET Certified FTC Continuing Education Unit credit towards your continuing education and professional development needs: http://ftctraining.usfirst.org


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3. Team Grants
All rookie teams in North America receive an automatic $500 grant from FIRST that covers the $275 registration fee plus $225 towards the purchase price of the robot kit-of-parts. Information about the grant is located here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/grow

Rockwell Collins is going to provide financial support to the Florida FTC program. I haven't received the details of the grant; however, I expect that the grant will support rookie and veteran teams. I recommend that teams refrain from paying the team registration fee [veteran teams only] and purchasing your robot kit-of-parts [veteran and rookie teams] until the details of the grant are known. Teams will receive information about the Rockwell Collins grant in a future Florida team email blast.


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4. Team Registration
New for this year, FIRST is requiring teams to enter a shipping contact in the Team Information Management System (TIMS). The team's registration welcome packet will not be shipped until the team has a shipping contact specified in their TIMS database record.


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5. Florida League Play Survey Results
Florida's mid-season and post-season League Play survey summary reports are attached (in original email to teams - please contact Michael at michael.coleman@flfirst.org if you would like to receive copies). The summary reports only include questions with multiple-choice answers. Survey questions with free-form text answers are not included in the reports.

These reports will be used to improve Florida's League Play system for the upcoming season.


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6. Brandeis University Longitudinal Study of the FIRST Programs

FIRST asked me to forward the following information to teams in Florida:

Dear FIRST Team Leader,

FIRST and Brandeis University are asking for your help with an important evaluation initiative for FIRST.

Last summer, Brandeis University and FIRST launched a new, multi-year impact study of student participants in the FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics Competition programs in the United States. The goal of the study is to assess the impact of FIRST on young people’s interests in science and technology, their life and workplace skills, and their educational and career goals.

An initial group of Teams joined the study last fall. Brandeis and FIRST are now seeking additional Teams and Team Leaders to participate in the study.

Team Leaders who participate in the study will receive a stipend of $200 in the first year of their involvement in the study as a “thank you” for their time and effort. More importantly, Team Leaders will be helping FIRST achieve its long-time goal of conducting a major impact study of its programs.

If you are interested in having your Team participate in the study, please go to https://brandeis.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0cEGrs1EgZybC4Y to learn more about what is expected of Teams in the study, to provide your contact information, and to answer a few qualifying questions. Teams to be included in the study will be selected from among those who respond, with the goal of providing a nationally representative sample of Teams in the study.

We hope that you will take the time to consider this invitation and join this important effort. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Alan Melchior and Cathy Burack, the Brandeis Project Directors at FIRSTstudy@brandeis.edu or Nancy Boyer, FIRST Research and Evaluations Manager at nboyer@usfirst.org.

Thank you.

Ken Johnson
Director, FIRST® Tech Challenge


That's all for now.

Take care,

Michael Coleman
FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida
michael.coleman@flfirst.org
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