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FTC Team Email Blast *9* 10/29/09

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FTC Team Email Blast *9* 10/29/09

Post by Admin on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:36 am

Hello Teams!
This is team email blast number 9 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 contact listed in your team record.

1. IR Beacons – Change to Maximum Order Quantity! – While Supplies Last!! You may now order 2 beacons per team – but act now because Beacons are available only as long as the supplies last. Please follow the process outlined below to order your Beacons.

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. Teams are permitted to order 2 beacons per team.

2. Senior Mentor Call – FIRST Scholarships – Join FIRST Senior Mentor Richard Levey and FIRST Scholarship Manager Nancy Rosenberg to learn about Scholarship Opportunities for FTC Students. The call is scheduled for October 29 at 7:00pm Eastern. The call in number is 1-800-503-2899 and the Access Code is 6663906. We have reserved 150 lines for this call and the call will be recorded and posted on the FIRST web site. For the full agenda, please click here:

3. Field Controller Station – The FCS is now available in BETA version on the USFIRST website. Please download it, use it and send any feedback you have about the FCS or the FCS Manual to us at Put FCS Feedback in the subject line and make sure to tell us which version you are working with (full version, Win Executable or Mac Executable).

Load the FTC FCS Program if you don’t have LabVIEW loaded on your computer.

Load the FTC FCS Windows Executable if you do have LabVIEW loaded on your computer.

Load the FTC FCS Mac Executable if you are using an Apple product.

4. Competition Templates – Download your competition templates from here:
Remember, you must use the official competition templates to pass the software portion of the robot inspection at tournaments.

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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