The event will be Feb 8 , 2020 at the Alumni Gym on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro, TN.
This registration process is on a totally new TNFIRST website using a totally new host engine with new registration web apps. It is similar to last year’s registration in that it allows checkout by Paypal account, by credit/debit card, or by an offline payment (via check). It has been tested and is good to go. It SHOULD stop allowing registrations when we hit the 30 team limit that we currently have in place. But that is one aspect of the site we would not simulate very easily. So there is a very slim chance you may register and we may be “FULL”. If that happens, we will follow up directly and work to get things figured out.
there is some BIG NEWS this year that is not an ideal situation. This
year FTC partner events (like the TNFIRST FTC event on Feb 8, 2020) only
have ONE team that will get a formal invitation to the FTC World
Championship in Houston. Last year we had TWO invitations. That does
mean the Inspire Award winner at our Feb 8, 2020 event is the initial
team invitation. And, as has been in place in year’s past, there is a
hierarchy of teams who get the invitation if the Inspire Award winning
team already has an invitation to the World Championship in Houston….for
example, the winning alliance captain’s team is the “second world
championship invitation team”. And so on…..
notice that the registration process is open to Tennessee FTC teams
only at this point. So please take advantage of that preference soon and
get registered if you plan to attend this year’s event.
Obviously, please let Mike Wehrenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if the registration system does not work as expected. We’ve worked hard to get the new website in place for all for levels of FIRST competition here in TN and I know there is more work to be done! Please reach out and let us know if there are any questions or comments on the FTC registration process or on the site in general.
The version of robot control software required for the Skystone season will be version 5.0 or greater. FIRST has
just released version 5.2 which has all of the Vuforia images required
for this year’s game, so we recommend using that version or greater.
You can download the latest version of this software at https://github.com/FIRST-Tech-Challenge/SkyStone/releases.
FIRST Tech Challenge is again offering rookie teams access to the FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant! Generously supported by the DEKA Foundation, FIRST is
giving each qualifying rookie team a $500 grant to eligible teams ($275
for registration and $225 for product). This is a needs based grant.
More info can be found at https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/grants.
We have been informed that the TVA Grant has run out and is now closed.
Luckily, TN Valley Robotics has decided to pick up where TVA left off. It will take a bit for FIRST to set up the grant, but keep checking the GRANTS WEBSITE for it to open. Same rules apply (must be in TVA/TVR service area as shown in logo below)
I’m pleased to inform you that we received the funds and are ready to dispense to teams. We will
be utilizing the same process we implemented last season. Please see below:
All FIRST teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover team registration and challenge set.
Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary team number, however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
A maximum of 200 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until December 1, 2019 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 200 team grant cap – whichever comes first. If we get close to reaching the 200 team cap, we will notify all Partners.
All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short
online application to FIRST
FIRST will send grant information and the application
link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage
them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season. The
list of last season’s TVA teams that we will
contact is attached for your reference – any teams that have already
paid their registration for this season have been removed from the list.
We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that
are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that
did not receive funding last season. An email template with information
and application link is attached for you to
use if you’d like
You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels
TVA Grant Process
FIRST will review all grant requests each Wednesday by noon, Eastern Time.
FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority
to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process
usually takes 48 hours.
Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley
Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5
Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process –
1. To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application 2.
To notify them of approval and application of funds 3. Information about
recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of
the TVA logo.
Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
Prepare your team to reach new heights in SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm. Use your reusable competition set to reduce kit-of-part cost, stock spare parts, and add build-design flexibility.
Complete your 2019-2020 FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration before June 21, 2019, and win a TETRIX or REV competition set.
Sweepstakes package includes one (1) 2019-2020 TETRIX Competition Set or one (1) 2019-2020 REV Competition Set. If your team has already completed your FIRSTTech Challenge season registration, you are already entered into the sweepstakes. Two winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entrants on or around June 26, 2019.