FTC Kickoff

ftc-promo-2016

Are you hosting a kickoff watch party in Memphis? If you are and want to invite other teams, please let me know at memphisfirstteams@gmail.com and I will post it to this blog.

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Shelby County students battle it out in First Tech Challenge | WREG.com

http://wreg.com/2016/05/21/shelby-county-students-battle-it-out-in-first-tech-challenge/

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Off Season Event

FIRST Re-ResQ – Our Inaugural Off-season Event

Thanks to FTC #8651 – Wait For It, we are going to hold our first FTC off-season event in Mississippi. It will be a replay of this past year’s game FIRST ResQ which is why it is called:

FIRST Re-ResQ!

It will be a robot competition only – no formal judging, however, we will be watching for good team practices (GP, sharing parts, etc.) and may award for observed good behaviors. We will also have an inspection, so keep your robots legal.

When: Event date is August 20th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (pre-inspection and practice on 8/19 from 3:00-4:30)

Where: Rankin County Multi-Purpose Pavilion (651 Marquette Rd; Brandon, MS 39042)

Who: Open to all teams, however Mississippi FTC teams have a priority deadline to register (good opportunity for rookie teams to pair with a veteran as well).

Registration: Only $50/team (payable to Rankin Robotics) and will open on June 1 on the Mississippi FTC Webpage.

For more information or questions, contact Mannie Lowe (mlowe@olemiss.edu) or Sherry Stewart (rankinrobotics@gmail.com)

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FIRSTTechChallengeGrant

http://info.firstinspires.org/firsttechchallengegrant-0

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Local FTC Scrimmage and Open House

You are invited!
Saturday May 21
9AM – 1PM

STEM Virtual Academy
Career and Technology Center
3206 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
easthighmechwarriors.com

Parking Info
Park in lot off Walnut Grove
Entrance on west side

East High School will be hosting the first local FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) RES-Q competition. All local schools are invited to participate. The scrimmage is open to all community spectators with a meet and mingle directly after until 1PM.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with teams comprised of students, professional mentors, and team coach.

Come meet the innovators of tomorrow challenge each other in some friendly competition!

Questions?
Contact info@easthighmechwarriors.com

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New Team Registration Site – Coming Soon

From FIRST HQ:

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of the NEW Team Registration portion of our website, which will replace the existing Team Information Management Systems (TIMS). With this change, the need for four separate program Team registration systems goes away – the new team registration is now an extension of firstinspires.org website. The new team registration process will make it much easier for Coaches and Mentors to create and manage their teams. This will allow them to reduce time on administrative activities, giving them more time to spend mentoring their teams.

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Features of the new process include:

  • Simple easy-to-use “wizard” approach to all program registrations
  • Reduced data requirements and streamlined entry choices
  • Simple dashboard serves as a launch point for all registration-related processes and shows the overall status of the user’s teams across all four FIRST programs (e.g. If a Coach has a FIRST® LEGO® League Team and a FIRST® Tech Challenge Team they will have visibility into status of each team from one location)
  • The ability to register, pay for, and manage teams using a common workflow for all four FIRST programs
  • New easy-to-use payment and grant processing functionality provides visibility to grants awarded and the ability to pay for multiple teams at once
  • System is optimized for both desktop and smartphone browsers

Launch Schedule:

The new site will be launched with our FIRST® LEGO® League season opening on May 10th and then will be available for the opening of the other programs seasons:

  • FIRST® Tech Challenge on May 18th
  • FIRST® Robotics Competition on May 19th
  • FIRST ®LEGO League Jr. on August 1st

All existing user accounts will remain the same, and all existing teams will be rolled forward to the new season as we normally do at this time of year and will be accessible from the new site. You can view example pages from the new site here.

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East High Mech-Warriors Hold Open House

On Jan 30, 2016, the East High School Mech-Warriors (FTC Team 10281) held an open house. The open house was to show their work on this year’s robot, rally local support, recruit mentors and sponsors and to spread the word of FTC to the community.

They are still looking for additional sponsors to help them get to the Arkansas Regional FTC Competition. If you would like to help, please contact FTC Coach Marion Anderson at mlandrs1@gmail.com.

More pictures at the event can be found HERE

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FTC Grant

FIRST® Tech Challenge New Team Grant
Ends on 4/15/2016

We have received a generous donation to help us get more young people involved in our life-changing programs – making now the perfect time to participate in real-life, relevant, hands-on STEM activities that are also designed to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and teamwork.

The FREE Robotics Kit includes a FIRST Tech Challenge Competition Robot Kit and complimentary registration for the current and 2016-17 seasons.

Join a vibrant community of over 400,000 participants and take advantage of tremendous support resources offered by FIRST. No prior experience with robotics is necessary.

Up to four grants will be awarded each week through April 15, 2016. The sooner you enter, the greater the chance you have to win!

Be sure to read the FIRST® Tech Challenge Grant Guidelines before continuing with this form.

Click HERE to apply! (fill in form at bottom of linked page)

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FTC Kickoff

On Saturday September 12 2015 for the first time, the public watched the 2015-2016 FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) Game Animation Kickoff video and demonstration robots at the Collierville reads STEM event at Collierville Public Library.

At the same time, students, teachers, and FTC mentors attended a Kickoff viewing and planning session hosted by East STEM Academy.  Students from East STEM and Manassas attended.  They are pictured below in photos by Lee Cole, mentor to the Bolton Team.

Kickoff Attendees

Intently watching the Game Animation video.

elements of the game

What the students saw.

FIRST analysis

Students carry out analysis of the game they just learned about.

discussing and drawing game elements

… and this!

Food for thought.

Between analysis and design, students have food for thought.

Robot Design

Based on the analysis of the game, students concoct a first design for a competition robot.

Just days later, the students had setup the 12′ square competition field in their classroom and were well into building their robot according to the plan.

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https://www.qualcomm.com/news/onq/2015/09/15/building-first-tech-challenge-robot-qualcomm-style

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