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Hello Team Mentors and Students, Relic Recovery is coming!
As in the past 2 years, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, with the help of many of the region’s teams, are again honored to host this year’s kick off, this year in Qualcomm’s main auditorium!
Here are the basic details, with more to follow:
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: Doors open at 8:00am with activities to start at 8:30am, field reveal at 9:00am
Morehouse Campus Building N
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
This is working out to be the best kick off yet! Not only is Relic Recovery presented by Qualcomm this year, so is the San Diego FTC region! As you know, our relationship with Qualcomm has been growing these past couple of years and Qualcomm has now become our region’s official sponsor. They have graciously opened their facilities this year for the kick off.
We are working out some of the details still but so far...:
Booths hosted by teams
Several doors prizes for registered teams
Highlights from last season
The venue at Qualcomm is larger than the RH Fleet center from last year, but RSVP’s are still needed!
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San Diego FTC Affiliate Partner
Siemens sponsors a competition for individual high school seniors or teams of high school students - unfortunately the deadline for teams to be finalized has passed. However, individual high school seniors can still apply. Research Reports may be submitted on projects in the fields of mathematics, engineering, biological and physical sciences. Social and behavioral science research projects are NOT eligible.
Scholarship awards range from $1000 to $100,000 - deadline is Sep 19, 2017. See below for details:
The Science Talent Search and scholarship program has been in existence since 1942. It is currently sponsored by Regeneron, and was sponsored by Intel before that and Westinghouse before that. The program seeks high school seniors who have done independent research, and there are many scholarships available from $2000 awards to 300 students all the way up to $250,000 for the top scholar!
Application deadline is November 15, 2017. For more information and to see a sample application:
Hello Fellow Robotics Enthusiasts,
Please Join Us for 2017 Navy Gold Coast – August (Tues) 22nd & (Wed) 23rd, 2017
Place: Town & Country Convention Center
500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108
Time: Aug 22nd : 10am-5pm
Aug 23rd : 10am–3pm
We'll have booth space for you to set up your displays and literature as well as room to exercise your robots. We can handle about five teams at a time with about 5 team members with each robot.
Why Attend: This is a great opportunity for your teams to meet engineers in the high tech field and get a first hand look at what technology is being developed for the military and homeland defense.
The interaction for the kids is a real learning experience; it's a friendly crowd and the kids and their machines are always a hit.
What Next: Reply to Lillian Maestas Lmaestas@knowledgemade.com
The Houston Champions: 724 Rednek Robotics Wun, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, and 8651 Wait For It have won at the FIRST Festival of Champions! It was to be a best 3 out of 5 matches, and the Houston alliance won the first two matches. However, in match #3 an opponent's ball got stuck in the top of Rise of Hephaestus robot for almost all of Teleop - thus leading to a 260 point penalty! So going into match #4, it was 2 to 1. 4216 tried again during autonomous to pick up one of the red balls that 724 had already shot into the vortex, but unfortunately the re-shot ball missed the vortex. These teams had collaborated long distance by Skype and tested meshing their autonomous routines by running them simultaneously on their home fields! In the end, they were able to score more balls into the vortex and thereby get their 3rd win and take the championship! Great performance teams, and congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for representing us in San Diego FTC so well!
Enjoy your visit to Dean Kamen's house this evening! For those of us at home, we can take a peek in the first minute of Dean Kamen's Slingshot water purifier video:
And what 3 months of collaboration might do: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI96gCev5V8
FTC 11128 – team Inspiration volunteered to mentor Team Benin, A French-Speaking West Africa Nation team, to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge in the US with teams from 163 countries. The mentoring is via skype and email by the Inspiration team members and coaches.
Team Benin emerged 7th of 163 countries and the only African country on top ten ranking of the FIRST Global Challenge.
Team Benin is now inspired to expand their robotics program to as many students as possible in their country.
Inspiration team will help to solicit support to provide robotics material for Team Benin to expand their program. If you or someone can help, let me know. Alex Szeto, email@example.com
San Diego FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics is growing! Start a FIRST FTC Team today!!! Kick off the season September 9th at 8:00am
Interested in starting a robotics team? San Diego FTC, now the home region of the 2017 FIRST Festival of Champion's winners, is looking for new students and mentors interested in Robotics Competitions!