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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
For those that were watching the news or live feed, you may have caught that Ivanka Trump attended an exhibition match at FIRST Global Challenge this morning. Members of FTC 3595 Schrodinger's Hat and FTC 6037 W.A.G.S. Robotics make up Team USA and can be seen in these pictures:
The inaugural FIRST Global Challenge is now over, and not all the scores and information is posted yet, but their Twitter account has been announcing the awards:
Sophia Kovalevskaya awards for International Journey go to Teams Madagascar, France, and Nigeria
Dr. Mae Jemison awards for International Unity go to Teams United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Canada
Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli awards for Courageous Achievement go to Teams Oman, Afghanistan, and South Sudan
Zhang Heng Awards for Engineering Design go to Teams Mexico, Mali, and India
Ustad Ahmad Lahori Awards for Innovation in Engineering go to Teams Spain, Indonesia, and Latvia
Albert Einstein Award winners for FIRST Global International Excellence are Teams Lebanon, Tunisia, and continental team Oceania
FIRST Global Grand Challenge Awards go to Teams Armenia, Poland, and continental team Europe
Videos of the event can be found at their YouTube channel:
Day 2 video (Tuesday July 18)
article about the team from Afghanistan that was denied visas twice but eventually got permission to attend:
Congratulations to all who participated or volunteered at the event!
FIRST Global Challenge is the newest of Dean Kamen's competitions - it is specifically directed at international participation with one team from each country. In addition, there is one team from each continent (except Antarctica) for 6 Continental teams. The Challenge is inspired by the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering, and this year the Challenge theme is based on providing access to clean water. There are 3 robots on each side, and the 6 robots compete on a 6 meter x 4 meter field. For more info, see their website:
There's one more day of competition left - TUESDAY, July 18:
Here is a short description of the 2017 Challenge:
Monday July 17 was Day 1 of the competitions - here is some of the action (link will only play at Youtube):
If you'd like to see the opening ceremonies from Sunday July 16 with an Olympics-like parade of countries and the address by Dean Kamen, here it is (link will only play at Youtube):
Congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for winning PTC Design Award, Captain of the Finalist Alliance, and 3rd Inspire at the 2017 FTC Asia Pacific Invitational (API) in Sydney, AUSTRALIA!!
For those of you who missed the weekend event and would like to catch some of it, the livestream is now available on Youtube. They mute the microphone between a lot of the action so don't be surprised to hear nothing even though the video is running.
Day 1 of 2017 FTC API
Day 2 of 2017 FTC API
Day 1: 1st match for Rise of Hephaestus.
The timed links are not working properly - go to 48 min 54 seconds to view their first match.
Day 2: Alliance Selection for 8 alliances. Rise of Hephaestus is #3 seed.
After quarterfinals and semifinals, Rise of Hephaestus makes it to the Finals Matches!
The timed links are not working properly - go to 6 hr 52 min to view
After winning PTC Design and Captain of Finalist Alliance, Rise of Hephaestus receives 3rd Inspire!
The timed links are not working properly - go to 8 hr 6 min to view
From Pam Meistrell of the Rancho Santa Fe FTC teams:
Hello Gauss, Descartes, Euclid & Turing Leagues!
If any teams from our FTC Leagues this past season are interested in a final competition opportunity (Velocity Vortex) before everyone takes off for the summer, there is a low-key event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sat, June 10. Our school is bringing the field setup/components. $25 fee per team includes a pass for each team member into the Fair – what a deal! No stress – just FUN!
So far there are eight FTC teams: Inspiration, Green.Griffins, RSF Intergalactic Dragons, RSF Logitechies, RSF Singularity, RSF NewBees, Correia Middle School, and Point Loma Senior High School. Did I forget anyone?
Saturday, June 10
10:00am-4:00pm (might finish earlier)
4th Floor Grandstand at the Fairgrounds
Registration deadline has been extended to this Friday 5/19. It might still say the 12th, but it’s been extended.
The Robotics Division number is 5001, and the class number for FTC is 002.
If you have any specific questions you can contact Samantha Hamilton at SouthWest Robotics in Science Education firstname.lastname@example.org
FTC teams who want to learn Java programming or learn more hardware and electronics techniques may be interested in these summer camps being offered by a group of FTC and FLL teams:
Furious Falcons FTC 9920, The Clueless FTC 11212, Inspiration FTC 11128, Abrick Cadabrick FLL
July 5-14: JAVA PROGRAMMING for FTC
Java language fundamentals
Java objects and classes
Basic object-oriented programming
Hands-on Java Projects for FTC application
August 7-10: FIRST TECH CHALLENGE (FTC)
Standard hardware assembly
Non-standard hardware machining
Hand-on works with machining tools
Electronic design and driving system
"Team Clueless and Furious Falcon have taught Summer camps at All Star Academy last year successfully which some of your teams have helped out. They are expanding the program this year including Team Inspiration. I can vow how successful their programs are. Some of the Inspiration team members had taken the class last year, and it really helped Inspiration team to perform this season.
Coach Olivia has multiple FLL Southern California championship teams in her coaching credit. Under her and Shilin's coaching team, they went to the FIRST World Championship twice by being the champions at Legoland and is also heading over to European championship this year. You already know that they are very competitive FTC teams also.
Inspiration team had successfully guided six Meadowbrook Middle School FLL teams and their coaches. The six Meadowbrook FLL teams won four first places and two championship titles in their respective qualified tournaments during the 2016-2017 seasons. Two also placed in Southern California championships. We are pretty happy about our first FTC experience also and will share our journey.
Please help to spread words of this Summer FIRST training program. It is also part of our FTC/FLL teams fundraising activities and spreading the news of FIRST.
Thank you for the consideration."
-- Alex Szeto, Coach Team Inspiration
For further information, see the attached pdf, go to https://www.all-staracademy.com/robotics-and-more or call Coach Olivia 858-204-0170 for questions.