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FTC Florida News for Teams - September 1, 2013

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FTC Florida News for Teams - September 1, 2013

Post by Admin on Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:06 pm

Hello Teams,

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

Please write to Michael Coleman at michael.coleman@flfirst.org for these Attachments if you need copies: Team Duct Tape Guess the Game Flyer, Lunch Menu for Kickoff, Rockwell Collins Grant Application, FIRST Consent and Release Form, ROBOCON Flyer, List of Teams

Topics in this email include:

1. Season Kickoff Celebration, September 7th
2. FTC 2845, Team Duct Tape, Guess the FTC Game for Fun and Prizes
3. Rockwell Collins Grant Application Process
4. League Play
5. ROBOCON
6. FTC Florida Championship
7. FIRST Outreach Opportunities


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1. Season Kickoff Celebration, September 7th

Registration: It is a huge help when teams let us know they are attending the Kickoff Celebration by submitting an online registration request through the Florida FTC event registration system. Login credentials (passwords) will be emailed to the main and alternate contacts for every team that has registered with FIRST. The team contacts contained in the attached team list will receive their login credentials via email within a few days. Teams that register with FIRST after the login credentials have been emailed to teams will receive their login credentials after they have been manually entered into the www.flfirst.org registration system; a process that may take several days. Veteran teams that aren't listed in the attached team list, need to register with FIRST as soon as possible so that Leagues have the information they need to plan their seasons. Paying the team registration fee to FIRST is not a requirement to register for the Florida FTC Kickoff.

As a thank you, teams that register for the kickoff event on the www.flfirst.org website will receive one free game element and rookie teams will also receive a terrific book that help them navigate through their first season. Attendance is required to receive the thank you gifts.

Consent and Release Forms: Teams attending all official events are required to present evidence that the students and mentors attending the event have been approved by the online FIRST Consent and Release System. Print the team roster from the FIRST Team Information Management System (TIMS) where you registered your team and turn it in at the check-in table. Everyone on the roster that is noted as approved doesn't have to complete a paper Consent and Release form. Students, Mentors, and Coaches that are not shown as approved on the official team roster are required to turn in a completed paper copy of the Consent and Release Form. A copy of this form is an email attachment.

Address: Middleton Magnet High School, 4801 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33610

The information below is from an earlier team email blast. It is repeated below for completeness:

The Florida FTC Season Kickoff celebration is on Saturday, September 7th at Middleton High School in Tampa. The kickoff event will include six workshops, the game reveal, time to explore a competition ready playing field, plus a game and season Q&A session. The detailed schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - Doors Open To Teams
10:30 a.m. - Workshop #1: "Why do Robots Stop Operating on the Competition Field" by Hans Wolf
10:30 a.m. - Workshop #2: "FTC Awards and How to Win Them" by Steve Willingham
11:15 a.m. - Workshop #3: "Know Yourself, Know Your Opponent: Sun Tzu and the Art of FTC Strategy and Scouting" by Paul Bresnan
11:15 a.m. - Workshop #4: "THINK ABOUT IT, The Engineering Notebook Workshop, 2013-14 Notebook Changes and Judging Tips" by Dan Kinzer
12:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. - Workshop #5: "Mechanical Design" by Bob Howard
1:00 p.m. - Workshop #6: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to FTC Fundraising: Don't Panic!" by Arun Khatri
1:45 p.m. - Game Reveal
2:30 p.m. - Game and Season Q&A Session
3:00 p.m. - Kickoff Ends

The odd numbered workshops, game reveal, and Q&A session will be held in the auditorium. The even numbered workshops will be held in a large classroom.

Teams may purchase lunch from the Middleton High School Robotics Club. See the attached menu for details.


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2. FTC 2845, Team Duct Tape, Guess the FTC Game for Fun and Prizes
Have you been following the game hints on the FTC blog? If not, visit the blog at firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com and join the fun of dissecting the posts for hidden game hints. Florida's own Team Duct Tape (FTC 2845) 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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3. Rockwell Collins Grant Application Process
Rockwell Collins is a wonderful partner of the FTC program and they are providing direct financial support to Florida FTC teams again this season! The Florida FTC Affiliate Partner, Geared 2 Learn (G2L), is managing the grant for FIRST and Rockwell Collins. G2L will pay grant awards directly to the team's not-for-profit sponsor organization. The grant application form is attached. Grant highlights are listed below:

Number of Grants:
- 20 Rookie FTC Team Grants - $750 each
- 20 Veteran FTC Team Grants - $500 each

Award Selection Criteria:
- A fully completed grant application form and all of the required documentation are required before the application will be considered.
- Grant applications will be accepted anytime after 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 9, 2013.
- Grant applications that are submitted early will be placed at the end of the queue of all applications received on September 9, 2013.
- Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
- Rookie teams in regions with a low density of FTC teams receive priority.

Eligibility Restrictions/Requirements:
- The grant is restricted to FTC Teams in Florida that are in good standing with FIRST and Geared 2 Learn, Inc.
- The $275 team registration fee must be paid to FIRST prior to receiving the grant award. Teams may apply for the grant before paying the registration fee. Funds will not be dispersed until the team has paid their registration fee.
- The team must fully participate in at least one Meet tournament during the 2013-2014 season.
- The team must have three or more middle school or high school student team members in any combination.
- Display the Rockwell Collins logo on their robot, team website, team marketing materials, etc.
- Write start-of-season and end-of-season thank you letters to Rockwell Collins
- Complete the attached application and provide all of the requested supporting materials.
- The grant award must be spent on items that directly benefit the team. Examples of acceptable uses of grant funds are: robot parts, tools and equipment, ROBOTC licenses, tournament and league fees.


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4. League Play
League assignments are shown in the attached team list. League assignments were based on the city for the team's main contact person. Teams that meet in a different city from that of the main contact may need to change to a different league. Please let me know right away if your team hasn't been assigned the league closest to your home base.


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5. ROBOCON

ROBOCON Tampa Bay will be held Oct. 26 & 27, 2013 at the University of Tampa. All the relevant information is at the website: www.robocontampabay.com - The event organizers are planning on holding workshops Saturday morning, and FTC scrimmages in the afternoon, with a tentative "Scrimmage in the Dark," as well. Cost for FTC teams is $25 to participate in workshops and scrimmages. Registration is online. A flyer for ROBOCON is attached.


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6. FTC Florida Championship
The FTC Florida Championship will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ICI Center. Additional details are available on the Florida FTC website: www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Florida_Championship.html


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7. FIRST Outreach Opportunities

Terri Willingham, a FIRST Regional Director for Florida, receives many requests for FIRST teams to participate in outreach events. Several upcoming outreach opportunities are listed below. Contact Terri Willingham at twillingham@usfirst.org if you are interested in participating in any of these events. All participating teams will receive letters of gratitude and acknowledgement from FIRST in Florida.

I encourage you to use the FIRST in Florida Blue Ribbon Showcase Teams website http://bit.ly/FIRSTinFLBlueRibbon so that your team can gain additional recognition for participating in FIRST outreach events.

Outreach Opportunities for FTC teams:

October 5, 2013 - Orlando Mini Maker Faire – Orlando Science Center – 2-4 FTC teams to help staff the FIRST exhibit.

October 18 & 19, 2013 – St. Petersburg Science Festival, USF St. Petersburg – 2-4 FTC Teams to demo robots and provide outreach on one or both days - the 18th is a "school day" for area school field trips, and the 19th is the public day.

November 2-5, 2013 – I/ITSEC Conference, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando – 2-4 FTC teams to demo and provide outreach throughout the week.

January 28-31, 2013 – FL Ed Tech Conference, Orlando – 2-4 FTC teams for demo and outreach.

That's all for now.

Take care,

Michael Coleman
FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida
I'm Geared 2 Learn - are you?

Please Note: All FL FTC Email Updates are archived at http://www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Email_Archive.html
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