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FTC Team Email Blast *5* 100609

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FTC Team Email Blast *5* 100609

Post by Admin on Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:57 pm

Hello Teams!

This is team email blast number 5 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. Change to the Game Manual – Please make sure to download the most current version of the Game Manual. The current manual revision number is 5.

2. Google’s Project 10 to the 100th – Vote for FIRST! We have 48 hours to get 100,000 votes in favor of Education and FIRST to be a winner of the Google $2M grant contest. Please go here to place your vote:

3. IR Seeker Vital Information – Please follow this link for information about the IR Seeker Click on IR Seeker Vital Information to open up a .pdf that describes the characteristics of the IR Seeker.

4. 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 150 phone lines available, and we will record the call and make it available on our web site.

5. IR Beacons now available! – The IR beacons are now available through HiTechnic. Please follow the instructions below to order your beacon. There is a limit of one beacon per team, and beacons are only available for sale to current teams with paid registrations.

a. Go to HiTechnic Website at: and scroll down to IR Beacon, $27.00. Click “view more” to order.

b. Enter your FTC Code:
1. Your code is your team number and the first name of the MAIN contact with no space. EXAMPLE: 9999Name
2. Important: The team number must be 4 digits, therefore you must add zeros before your team number if you have less than 4. EXAMPLE team 1 become 0001, team 989 become 0989.
c. If you encounter an error message, please use the “Contact Us” Link on the HiTechnic web page. Reasons for an error could be:
1. You have not yet paid your registration fee, and are not eligible to order. You must pay the $275 registration fee to be eligible to purchase the beacon.
2. You have paid your registration fee but FIRST has not notified HiTechnic yet that you are eligible. Please be patient, there may be a day’s delay.
3. You are not using the right contact name. Please make sure you are using the exact first name of the main contact. Example, Joe and Jo are two different names. If you are certain you are using the correct name, use the “contact us” link, and HiTechnic will check the list manually.
d. Remember, you are only allowed to purchase one beacon per team.

Go Teams!

~FTC Support
FIRST TM (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Being a Gracious Professional involves respecting yourself, your team, other teams, and everyone around you. It is a way of doing things with a competitive spirit, without making anyone feel like a loser. Gracious Professionalism is a way of interacting with other people respectfully, doing excellent work, and promoting teamwork and appreciation of others.

Join date : 2009-04-06

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