This Robot Open House was on Sunday Jan 29, and 6003 Techno Eagles took them up on their offer. 11128 Inspiration is still offering access to their full field before the San Diego Regional so contact them if you'd like to try it. Contact info is in the previous blog post on Feb 20.
Hi Championship Teams,
Team 11128 Inspiration also has generously offered to make their full field available this week to practice autonomous. The team is in the Scripps Ranch Area. The field is available most afternoons except Tuesday. To make arrangements for use contact team captain Steven, Steven.email@example.com and cc coach Alex firstname.lastname@example.org ( 858-243-4199)
Good luck this week.
As the SD championship is approaching, we received requests from several teams to try their autonomous mode on our full field. Some have already come; some are planning. We decide to open our full field to all teams on 2/23/17 Thursday 4-7 pm. Interested teams, please email email@example.com to get the address.
Thank you very much,
Furious Falcons FTC 9920
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) has grants available for teaching robotics. The Robotics program provides $500-1000 to science and math teachers involved in teaching students from 5th through 12th grade. This is for the purchase of materials for the robotics program. The awards are competitive and require approval of the school principal. The deadline has been extended until March 1 per Pete Schmitz.
Account Manager, Navy/Marines
AFCEA San Diego Robotics Scholarship Chairman
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
To All League Teams and Our Many Dear Friends,
Marion and I have had the pleasure of serving as Affiliate Partners for San Diego FTC for 10 seasons. But the time has come for us to pass the baton. We will be retiring from our role as Affiliate Partners at the end of this season.
Over the last 10 years, the San Diego FTC Region has seen strong growth – from fewer than 20 teams and a single tournament in 2007 to over 60 teams and 17 meets/tournaments/championships today. Along the way, thousands of students have had the chance to get inspired about science and technology. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of this.
It is important to bring in new leadership with the energy and vision to continue expanding FIRST Tech Challenge in San Diego to reach more teams, while keeping it fun and relevant. We have identified a successor who is well-qualified to do exactly that, and we will announce the incoming Affiliate Partner by the end of this season. Although retiring as Affiliate Partners, we will stay on in a more limited role coordinating the Regional Championship tournaments in 2018 and 2019.
We would like to say “thank you” to the coaches, mentors, and parents who have invested so much of their time and energy in making FTC San Diego successful. We are grateful to you for your partnership, ideas, support, and hard work over the years. Making FTC San Diego thrive is truly the work of many hands, and we have been blessed to be partners with you.
John and Marion Brooks
FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partners, San Diego
P.S. As part of the transition, effective immediately FTC San Diego will begin using a new email address for all communications: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a note of this new address and try to use it instead of email@example.com. Of course, we will monitor both accounts for the time being.
SD Teams – Please see information below about a workshop offered this weekend.
Team Inspiration 11128 will be holding a Robot Open house this Sunday Jan 29 from 1-3pm, focusing on software and autonomous. This way, all the teams can learn from each other before the big competition next Saturday. If you'd like some help troubleshooting a software problem, or want access to a full field to try your autonomous program, come and bring your robot. Bring anything you think you'll need.
Location: Scripps Ranch Area. If you're interested in participating, RSVP to Inspiration at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to get directions and details. Please include the number of people coming.