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From the FTC Team Blast email:
FIRST® Tech Challenge Registration Opening:
Registration for the 2017-2018 season for FIRST Tech Challenge opens today at noon ET.
Visit the streamlined registration website - simplified dashboard with reminders. Two Youth Protection Program (YPP) screened Lead Coach/Mentors are still required to manage the team roster and begin meeting with youth; however, now Lead Coach/Mentors and Team Administrators can create teams, pay and order products while either Lead Coach/Mentor is completing the screening process. Register today and join the excitement of the season ahead!
FIRST Tech Challenge grants:
Register your team and take advantage of a registration grant. [be aware that in the past, teams had to wait to register or buy kit materials until after they were notified of a grant award because the grants could not be used after purchase]
Now’s a great time to get started for the season. FIRST® is offering a $275 grant for qualified veteran teams to cover the cost of a FIRST Tech Challenge registration. Know someone who might want to start a new team? We also have a rookie grant to cover the cost of team registration plus materials (total value $750). There’s a limited number of need-based grants available, so apply today.
You’ve already made an amazing impact on your students, why not build on it even more? FIRST team members who remained in FIRST for more than one year showed greater gains in STEM awareness, STEM interest, career interest and knowledge than those who only participated for a single year? Students will also gain access to over $50 million in scholarships! Keep the momentum going and continue to be part of the world’s largest not-for-profit education program.
FIRST FTC has just released a teaser video for the 2017-2018 season: FIRST Relic Recovery.
Full details will be released Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Kickoff!
From Pam Meistrell of the Rancho Santa Fe FTC teams:
Hello Gauss, Descartes, Euclid & Turing Leagues!
If any teams from our FTC Leagues this past season are interested in a final competition opportunity (Velocity Vortex) before everyone takes off for the summer, there is a low-key event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sat, June 10. Our school is bringing the field setup/components. $25 fee per team includes a pass for each team member into the Fair – what a deal! No stress – just FUN!
So far there are eight FTC teams: Inspiration, Green.Griffins, RSF Intergalactic Dragons, RSF Logitechies, RSF Singularity, RSF NewBees, Correia Middle School, and Point Loma Senior High School. Did I forget anyone?
Saturday, June 10
10:00am-4:00pm (might finish earlier)
4th Floor Grandstand at the Fairgrounds
Registration deadline has been extended to this Friday 5/19. It might still say the 12th, but it’s been extended.
The Robotics Division number is 5001, and the class number for FTC is 002.
If you have any specific questions you can contact Samantha Hamilton at SouthWest Robotics in Science Education email@example.com
FTC teams who want to learn Java programming or learn more hardware and electronics techniques may be interested in these summer camps being offered by a group of FTC and FLL teams:
Furious Falcons FTC 9920, The Clueless FTC 11212, Inspiration FTC 11128, Abrick Cadabrick FLL
July 5-14: JAVA PROGRAMMING for FTC
Java language fundamentals
Java objects and classes
Basic object-oriented programming
Hands-on Java Projects for FTC application
August 7-10: FIRST TECH CHALLENGE (FTC)
Standard hardware assembly
Non-standard hardware machining
Hand-on works with machining tools
Electronic design and driving system
"Team Clueless and Furious Falcon have taught Summer camps at All Star Academy last year successfully which some of your teams have helped out. They are expanding the program this year including Team Inspiration. I can vow how successful their programs are. Some of the Inspiration team members had taken the class last year, and it really helped Inspiration team to perform this season.
Coach Olivia has multiple FLL Southern California championship teams in her coaching credit. Under her and Shilin's coaching team, they went to the FIRST World Championship twice by being the champions at Legoland and is also heading over to European championship this year. You already know that they are very competitive FTC teams also.
Inspiration team had successfully guided six Meadowbrook Middle School FLL teams and their coaches. The six Meadowbrook FLL teams won four first places and two championship titles in their respective qualified tournaments during the 2016-2017 seasons. Two also placed in Southern California championships. We are pretty happy about our first FTC experience also and will share our journey.
Please help to spread words of this Summer FIRST training program. It is also part of our FTC/FLL teams fundraising activities and spreading the news of FIRST.
Thank you for the consideration."
-- Alex Szeto, Coach Team Inspiration
For further information, see the attached pdf, go to https://www.all-staracademy.com/robotics-and-more or call Coach Olivia 858-204-0170 for questions.
FIRST® Australia is pleased to invite teams to apply to compete at the Asia Pacific FTC Invitational (API) from the 14th – 16th of July in Sydney, Australia. API is an annual event with teams competing from around the globe. The vision of this event is to encourage students to network internationally, make lifelong friendships, and learn from each other. This event will be held at Macquarie University in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde (20 minutes northwest of the city).
Team registration is $250* AUD per person (attendees may include team members, mentors, parents, siblings and other team supporters). This will include lunches (14th - 16th of July) and dinners (14th - 15th of July) for attendees. There are many hotels in the North Ryde area. Some suggested accommodations can be found on the FIRST Australia website under DDU & API Lodging Options.
Team Application and Registration Payment Deadline: 31 May 2017 Apply Now!
Updated information will be posted on the www.firstaustralia.org website as it becomes available. If you have questions, please contact Tom Johnson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Registration via methods other than credit card will incur an Administration Fee of $10 AUD per person.
Also FYI, Macquarie University has offered scholarships to FTC graduates in the past. There are a number of US students from FTC who are studying engineering there.
The RoBowties team 6137 participated in the Asia Pacific Invitational (API) in 2015 for Cascade Effect and won Captain of the Finalist Alliance and PTC Design Award. Approximately 30 teams participated in that API, and about 10 were from the United States with the rest mostly from Oceania and Asia regions. If anyone is interested and has questions, email the RoBowties at email@example.com
In case you haven't heard, there will be a new module available for FTC next season from REV Robotics. (It's also being used by FIRST Global, the new international program that Dean Kamen started this year.) Here is a brief list of the main features:
Here is the Official FTC Blog Post about it:
There are additional links to more information at the end of that blog post too.
In addition, there is a thread of questions and some answers from RoboGreg of REV Robotics on the FTC subreddit:
SouthWest Robotics in Science Education (SWRiSE) is organizing FTC, FRC, FLL, SUMO, Botball, and Follow The Line contests in June at the San Diego County Fair. Register your team by Friday, May 12. https://sdfair.com/contests/summer-of-robotics/
Summer of Robotics schedule
Saturday, June 3: FIRST® Robotics Contest
Saturday, June 10: FIRST® Tech Challenge Contest
Sunday, June 11: Follow The Line, SUMO matches, and FIRST® LEGO® League Contest
Saturday, June 24: Botball® Robotics Contest
from Steven Chen, FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Captain
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We are happy to announce that with your help AB 624 passed the Revenue & Taxation Committee last week. It is currently in the Appropriations Committee. Teacher support letters will help move this bill to the next stage. Please ask your teachers for support of this bill. You are welcome to forward the email below with attachments when asking for support.
AB 624 is a robotics tax credit bill that Assemblyman Brian Maienschein is carrying. This bill would create a 50% tax credit for donations (up to $10,000) made to “STEM clubs that participate in robotics competitions” aka Robotics Clubs. The intent of this bill is to help support STEM education and get our students as involved in these fields as early as possible so that they feel encouraged to pursue careers in the growing STEM fields. (Refer to attached fact sheet)
The California Teacher Association (CTA) has taken an “Oppose” position on this bill although they believe in its intent, simply because tax credits take money out of the general fund, which they are big defenders of. Their position is very standard even though the bill is limited to a $1 million cap. I know that sounds like A LOT of money, however it is in fact a very small piece of the general fund, and seeing as the tax credit is 50% of donations, this would mean up to $2 million could be donated to our clubs.
Attached is also a support letter for this bill. If you could fill out the support letter and scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org , your support will show the Appropriations Committee (the committee where all bills dealing with any type of fiscal amount are heard and often killed) that this bill would in fact support robotics clubs and students STEM education.
This is time sensitive so we need these letters emailed to Nadra ASAP or by Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Thank you for supporting this important bill that will give proper funding to robotics clubs.
FTC Team Inspiration Captain
FTC Team Inspiration Outreach Ambassador
Tracy Nguyen, O.D.
FTC Team Inspiration Outreach Liaison