Good Day Teams,
Attached is the match schedule for the upcoming FIRST Tech Challenge Relic Recovery 2017-2018 season. We have done our best to create a schedule that meets the varied and sometimes conflicting requests of each team.
Here are just a few reminders about how league play works:
Questions? Just ask. Good Luck teams!!!
San Diego FTC – Affiliate Partner
Hello FIRST FTC mentors and coaches!
It’s time to nominate your students for the 2017-2018 Dean’s List Award!
A Dean’s list submission guide is attached for your reference.
January 15th, 11:59 pm
Student nominations must be uploaded to FIRST FTC Dean’s List site (accessed via Team Registration System)
February 10th, February 11th League Championship Tournament(s)
Interviews of nominated students take place at each League’s Championship Tournament
February 28th San Diego Regional Championship
Three (3) student Finalists announced to be in the running for Dean’s List Winner spots at the World Championship
Every registered team may submit two (2) students as FIRST Dean’s List Award Semi-finalists.
Students must be a sophomore (grade 10) or junior (grade 11) to be eligible for this award.
Student nomination(s) are done electronically from the Team Registration Dashboard through the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Award System (see detailed instructions in attached Submission Guideline)
The coach or mentor nominating the student(s) must submit an essay explaining why the student should receive this award.
The essay must be 4,000 characters or less.
For a list of Dean’s List award selection criteria and a detailed explanation of the submission process please see the attached Dean’s List Submission Guide.
All student nominations must be uploaded to the FIRST Dean’s List site via the Team Registration System no later than January 15th, 11:59 pm
This nomination process can often be confusing for first-time mentors and coaches.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for further clarification if needed.
firstname.lastname@example.org (858) 431-9189
Good Luck to your teams as they build and compete during this 2017-2018 FTC season!
STEM Students Interested in Computers and Languages? SDSU will host Open Round of North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Jan 25, 2018
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a fun contest for U.S. and Canadian middle and high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a fun introduction to a field to which many students have never been introduced. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.
Try some of these practice problems: http://nacloweb.org/practice.php#naclo_online
Students must register by Jan 14, 2018 for the Open Round at SDSU; more information available here:
The top US team and perhaps additional teams will get a trip to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL)!
You can select just the blog posts that announce programs we hear about:
Let us know if you find this useful or have any suggestions.
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!
Team Mentors, Parents and Students!
The following weekends have been selected for league meets and regional for this season:
Kick Off: Sept. 9
Regionwide Scrimmage: Dec. 2
Meet 1: Dec. 9-10
Meet 2: Jan 13-14
Meet 3: Jan 27-28
League Championships: Feb. 10-11
Regional: Feb. 24th or 25th (subject to facilities/volunteer availability)
With the good possibility that the San Diego region will expands to 5 leagues this year, we may still be looking for meet hosts. If you have a desire to host, please send me an email at SanDiegoFTC@gmail.com
San Diego FTC region - Affiliate Partner
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!