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Hello Team Mentors and Students, Relic Recovery is coming!
As in the past 2 years, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, with the help of many of the region’s teams, are again honored to host this year’s kick off, this year in Qualcomm’s main auditorium!
Here are the basic details, with more to follow:
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: Doors open at 8:00am with activities to start at 8:30am, field reveal at 9:00am
Morehouse Campus Building N
5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
This is working out to be the best kick off yet! Not only is Relic Recovery presented by Qualcomm this year, so is the San Diego FTC region! As you know, our relationship with Qualcomm has been growing these past couple of years and Qualcomm has now become our region’s official sponsor. They have graciously opened their facilities this year for the kick off.
We are working out some of the details still but so far...:
Booths hosted by teams
Several doors prizes for registered teams
Highlights from last season
The venue at Qualcomm is larger than the RH Fleet center from last year, but RSVP’s are still needed!
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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!
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!
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.
SouthWest Robotics in Science Education (SWRiSE) is organizing FTC, FRC, FLL, SUMO, Botball, and Follow The Line contests in June at the San Diego County Fair. Register your team by Friday, May 12. https://sdfair.com/contests/summer-of-robotics/
Summer of Robotics schedule
Saturday, June 3: FIRST® Robotics Contest
Saturday, June 10: FIRST® Tech Challenge Contest
Sunday, June 11: Follow The Line, SUMO matches, and FIRST® LEGO® League Contest
Saturday, June 24: Botball® Robotics Contest