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The annual Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology (SWEET) event is usualy only for middle school girls, but this year they are open for high school girls as well. The event is on the UCSD campus on April 22. Tickets are limited so get yours soon!
Looking for more robotics fun? The 2017 MOONBOTS Challenge has just opened; it's the Google Lunar XPRIZE Challenge for kids! Five privately-funded teams from around the world are still in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to launch a robot to the moon and achieve a set of objectives by the end of 2017.
In the MOONBOTS Challenge, kids from 8-17 years old are invited to design, build, and program a parallel challenge. Phase 1 starts now with a video submission to answer, "What would you leave behind on the Moon?" On March 31, twelve finalist teams will be chosen from around the world for Phase 2 - these finalists will receive a robot kit and other materials to complete their robot and challenge design. In July, the 12 teams will have live online sessions with the MOONBOTS judges, and one team will win the Grand Prize of a trip to meet the winning Google Lunar XPRIZE team!
Past and current team members in the San Diego FTC League have been finalists and prize winners in MOONBOTS:
2012 MOONBOTS 2nd runner-up: Apollo 19
2010 MOONBOTS 2nd place: Shadowed Craters
On Wed Jan 25 and Thu Jan 26, San Diego FTC teams staffed a booth at the Fleet Science Museum's High Tech Fair held at the Balboa Park Activity Center. The objective was to show middle and high school students as well as the community that FIRST Tech Challenge is a fun and rewarding program that gets students ready for careers in STEM. Green.Griffins 10092, Rise of Hephaestus 4216, and RoBowties 6137 were represented over the two day session. We had display robots, a demo robot for students to drive along, and information about upcoming championships for spectators and web and email contacts for further details. We're hoping to recruit at least a few new teams in the San Diego FTC League for next season!
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is holding Envision, a conference for high school girls to learn about STEM careers on February 25 (sorry - it's the same day as the SD Regional). The conference is free and will be held at UCSD. Get more information and sign up here:
It's great to hear about teams sharing their knowledge and resources with other teams in a Graciously Professional way over the course of the season! Kudos to 9920 Furious Falcons, 8606 Intergalactic Dragons, 10092 Green.Griffins, 9441 Syndicate, 5229 Dragons, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, 6137 RoBowties!
Are there other teams out there getting together? Any teams, especially rookie teams, need some help? Just email email@example.com and we'll have someone get in touch with you.
We had a great day at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the STEAM Maker Festival! Thanks to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for organizing all the teams!
15 teams participated: 2885 Kronos, 3650 Torrey Techies Blue, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, 6074 RAWALA, 6137 RoBowties, 8906 ROARbots, 9441 Syndicate, 9920 Furious Falcons, 10092 Green.Griffins, 10221 RobotX, 11128 Inspiration, 11278 Virtually Creative, 11288 Seminerds, 11350 Sloth Slowbotics, 11764 UC High Centurions, plus 5229 Dragons were demonstrating in the main Exhibit Hall.
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Even if your robot won't be ready to scrimmage, bring it along to work on it or program it on the Velocity Vortex field. Lots of experienced students and mentors will be happy to share advice, tools, and strategy!
Dear San Diego FTC Teams,
The San Diego FTC region and 4216 Rise of Hephaestus has secured space at the STEAMMaker Festival for an informal scrimmage on December 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Del Mar Fair Grounds as part of the STEAMMaker Festival 2016, the weekend before the first league meet. The San Diego region has secured 6 tickets to the event for each team that participates. We will be setting up in a tent structure that is part of the fairgrounds.
All teams that want to participate should join in as many scrimmages as time allows. The interest level will determine the scheduling. We will have one field set up but teams are asked to bring any items they might want to use for pits. We could use some help in bringing a few tables and chairs to the event.
If your team would like to participate, we would appreciate an email by November 8th. Please email Grace Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
1. Team name and number;
2. Contact name, phone number and email address;
3. Any other information you feel we should know including time constraints, preferred times for scrimmages 10-12:30, 12:15-2:45, or 2:30-5:00, etc.
Again, in order to coordinate the event, all replies must be sent in no later than November 8th!
Teams with more than 6 participating members/parents/mentors are requested to donate to the STEAMMaker organization for half the cost of cost of the normal tickets ($4 instead of $8) to help cover just part of the cost of the space we will be using, but teams with financial restrictions should contact Grace Wilson for additional tickets at no cost. No teams will be turned away due to financial constraints! Please just let us know!
Once we know the level of participation, we will contact each team to coordinate their time slot as well as tickets.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Grace Wilson and you can find more information about the San Diego STEAM Maker Festival at www.sansmf.org. Grace's contact information:
FTC 4216 - Rise of Hephaestus
John Brooks - San Diego FTC Affiliate Partner
Matt Nilsen - Lead Mentor FTC 4216 Rise of Hephaestus