We still have one month to Jump Start our region!
As the San Diego First Tech Challenge affiliate partner, I wanted to reach out to you regarding First Tech Challenge (FTC) who just launched their 2018 Jump Start program!
Do you like working together, problem-solving, programming a robot, and much more. With FIRST® Tech Challenge Jump Start, it’s the perfect time to build those skills, learn new ones, and impact our future innovators.
FIRST Tech Challenge Jump Start lets you start a team just for fun and get the resources and extra time needed to prepare for a successful 2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge season. Jump Start teams receive:
• a full credit towards the 2018/2019 season registration
• time to practice robot building and programming without the pressure of competition
• FIRST® Class, our FIRST Tech Challenge curriculum
• a discounted kit of parts
• up to $550 in needs-based grants if applicable*
• access to $50 million in scholarships
Register your team by March 30 to get a jump start and join the excitement of FIRST Tech Challenge. If your team needs additional help, up to $550 in needs-based grants are available through FIRST.
You can sign up and learn more here: http://info.firstinspires.org/firsttechchallenge-jumpstart-info-2018
Specific to the San Diego region, the first 20 teams who register for Jump Start 2018 and follow up by registering for the San Diego region competitions for the 2018-2019 season will also have their regional fee (approximately $250) waived thanks to the generosity of Qualcomm.
Jump Start teams will also be added to the SDFTC eblast list and be informed of any off season activities.
Lastly, you can sign up to the San Diego FTC Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cIL0AX to keep up to date with the latest updates for the San Diego FTC region starting now.
Thank you and go FIRST Tech Challenge!
Any questions? - just ask!
San Diego FTC – Affiliate Partner
The San Diego FTC Regional needs Volunteers! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out!
FIRSTInspires.org registered adults can go straight to this link AND the position descriptions can be found here as well!
Here is a link to details about the regional.
Relic Recovery Teams!
I am reaching out to ALL of you to congratulate you, whether or not you advanced to the regional. You were all amazing to watch and although I did not make by all of the sites this time around, I heard about some great Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition at all of the League Championships!
DO NOT TAKE THAT ROBOT APART!
If you did or did not advance there are a lot of great opportunities still to come to put that robot back to work with the current challenge! Here is a sample of some upcoming opportunities that we will be sending more information out about shortly:
* Demo at the FLL Scrimmage Feb. 24-25th (same weekend as the regional)
* Demo at the FRC regional March 9-11
* Mid-May Festival of San Diego FTC scrimmage and "unique" competition (how high can you stack these blocks, eh?) - still in planning
* July - potential full tournament
Also, here are two great videos that I hope you will share with your teams. There are times when failure is not only an option, but its part of the process. What was learned from this last season is more important than the results!
Leads to Success
REGIONAL Information: The Regional will be held at the San Diego Jewish Academy (LOCATION CHANGE) on February 25th with set up the night before (help will be requested). Information on the San Diego Regional can be found here:
Here are all of the results!!!
The top 9 teams from each league via the advancement criteria were advanced to the Regional
Dear San Diego FTC Coaches and Senior Students:
Applications are now open for the 2017-2018 San Diego FTC Achievement Scholarships. There will be multiple scholarships awarded this year!
Deadline: February 17, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Winners Announced: February 25, 2018 (at the San Diego Regional Championship)
To apply, just return the attached application, the coach recommendation form, and the (optional but strongly recommended) counselor recommendation form so that they are received by February 17, 2018.
San Diego Region FTC Teams,
Our championship tournaments are just around the corner. Like last year, Judged Awards will be given out at our league championships and our regional championship (Promote and Compass only at the Regional). Award descriptions are here.
All judging will be in the morning, before matches start. Teams will have no more than 15 minutes with a panel of 2-3 judges. They should bring their robot with them. Teams are encouraged to be ready with a presentation that tells their story and highlights their accomplishments in each judged area, while leaving time for judges to ask questions. Judges will be prepared to facilitate the entire session for teams that have no presentation prepared. Engineering Notebooks will be collected at check-in and will be in the room with the judges when the teams arrive. They will be returned at the end of the day. Judges will continue to interact with teams throughout the matches. Due to the varied nature of the tournament room sizes, mentors will not be allowed into the judging room apart from exceptional circumstances.
Our Judges will be using the rubric piloted last year (attached). The goal is to provide additional guidance to the teams and ensure a consistent judging process. While the intention is to bring additional rigor to the judged awards, teams should also remember that FTC judged awards are subjective in nature and, per FTC rules, "scored" rubrics and all judging notes cannot be returned to teams.
Teams are also encouraged to use the FTC Self-Reflection Guide and the new FTC Engineering Notebook Self-Reflection Worksheet. These are useful tools for practice, and a useful exercise after the tournament.
Thank you and good luck in the championships this year!
Devin Breise – San Diego region FTC Judging coordinator
Teams - please find the attached standings for the 4 leagues from your top 8 scores. We are also sharing our results to ftcstats.org this year! We have some highly ranked teams in the region. Great job to all of you for making this region so great!