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FTC Team Email Blast *3* 09/24/2009

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FTC Team Email Blast *3* 09/24/2009

Post by Admin on Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:31 pm

Hello Teams!

This is team email blast number 3 for the 2009 FTC Season. You should expect to receive weekly email blasts from us. The Team Email Blast is generally the way we communicate information about the program to you. That information could include competition specific news, software updates, trainings, or anything else we think you might like to know. This email is intended for FTC teams and is sent to the main and alternate contact listed in your team record.

1. Should we extend the FTC World Championship into Saturday? In the past, the FTC World Championship has ended Friday night with the final matches and closing ceremony. Would you like it if we could extend this and hold our semi finals and final rounds, along with Closing Ceremonies on Saturday? That would mean that each team might be scheduled for another one or two Qualification matches.

We'd like your feedback. Would you rather extend the FTC World Championship - or continue to end on Friday? Let us know what you think – go to Ken’s Blog and vote:

2. FTC Mentor Orientation - 101 – Join Sr. Mentor Kathie Kentfield and Affiliate Partner Jill Wilker on October 14th at 7pm (eastern) to learn about being an FTC Team Mentor. If you’re new to the FTC program, or a veteran who wants to learn how to be a more effective mentor, this is the call for you. To participate, call in to 800 503 2899. The access code is 6663906. We have room for 150 participants and we will record the call and make it available on our web site.

3. Game Forum Information - Questions about the game should be addressed to the HotShot Game Forum. An answer you get by any other means is not an official answer, and may not be correct.

* Only teams with a paid registration may post questions to the forum
* Forum posts are moderated and will not appear until a member of the Game Design Committee provides an answer
* Forum Login/Password info can be found on the Team Summary page in your TIMS account. TIMS is the system you used to register your team.
* Post a Reply to the first comment in any given forum. Please do not Start a New Thread.
* Please read the Game Manual and the other posts in the game forum before you ask your question. Questions that are asked multiple times will only be answered once.

4. Scholarship Information - The 2010 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities are now posted on our website at:

Like last year, the display format provides a searchable scholarship database that lets you narrow your search based on the state where you want to attend college, your FIRST Program (FRC or FTC), and/or your current grade in school.

Currently over 92 schools or organizations throughout the country are offering confirmed FIRST scholarships to FTC students ranging in value from $500 to $149,000. Over $6 million in scholarship funding is offered from schools like MIT, Georgia Tech, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas-Austin, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, and Tulane University.

There are scholarships specifically for engineering, computer science, technology, science, or math, and many others that can be applied to any course of study. Most scholarships are for academic achievements, but some are for financial need and others simply for participation on a FIRST team. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities for all students to consider.

We are still waiting for a few schools to update their 2010 Scholarship offerings. These listings are labeled “Not Yet Confirmed”. Their offering and application deadlines may be similar to those listed for last year, but be sure to confirm this with the scholarship provider. As new scholarships are offered and existing ones are confirmed, the website listing will be updated. So check the Scholarship website frequently.

We have also added a FIRST Scholarships FAQ, so be sure to check this out at

New Scholarships for 2010

Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA)

Seniors: Note that the following schools have deadlines coming up soon:

Olin College of Engineering (Dec 1)

University of Southern California (Dec 1)

University of Texas-Austin (Dec 1)

Juniors: Note that the following schools offer scholarships to Juniors:

College of Southern Maryland

Drexel University

ITT Technical Institute

Lawrence Technological University

Polytechnic University

Virginia Tech/BAE Systems

All Students: When talking to school representatives at colleges or college fairs, ask if they offer a FIRST Scholarship. If they don’t, tell them about FIRST and why they should be trying to attract FIRST students by offering a FIRST Scholarship!

Team Contact: Please help get FIRST Scholarship information into the hands of students, parents and guidance counselors. There are additional materials to help you do this on the new FIRST Scholarship Resources for Mentors and Coaches webpage at: . Check it out!

Go Team!

~FTC Support

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Join date : 2009-04-06

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