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FTC Email Blast for Coaches and Mentors - Event Readiness

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FTC Email Blast for Coaches and Mentors - Event Readiness

Post by Admin on Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:35 am

Dear FTC Mentors and Coaches:

An email blast is the best way we know to communicate information to you that is directly related to the success of your team. It’s sometimes a challenge to strike the right balance between not enough information and information overload, and we’re sure that sometimes it seems as though we’re bombarding you with email. We want you to know that without some of this important information, your team will not be prepared when they arrive at their event. We want you and your team to have fun and to be successful at the competitions you attend, so please make sure that you share the information contained in this email with the students on your team.

The following information is key to the success of your team:

For New Teams: Getting Started with Tetrix

This presentation provides an introduction to design and programming, and is an excellent way to become familiar with the kit of parts and basic programming concepts.

For All Teams: The Field Controller Station
This software is what your team will run on their computer, and it tells your teams robot when to start and stop in the competition. A robot will not pass software inspection without this product.

For All Teams: Competition Templates
The template is the framework for your software program. It helps your robot to communicate with the Field Controller Station. A robot will not pass software inspection without the appropriate template.

Finally, there is a FIRST Senior Mentor Call scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 7pm Eastern. The call in number is 800 503 2899. Use access code 6663906. The focus of this call is Software for FTC Teams. We know that for many teams, programming the robot is their biggest challenge. This call will cover selecting a software option, the Field Controller Station and how to troubleshoot common Bluetooth concerns. We strongly suggest that you participate if you are able. There are 150 phone lines allocated to this call. Senior Mentor calls are recorded, and the recordings are generally posted to the web site within 48 hours.

Your success is important to us. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you run into problems.

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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