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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!
The other half of FTC is having their World Championship in St. Louis now - here are links for those interested in seeing the results. As of this posting, there are about 10-12 qualification matches left for each division.
Edison Division livestream (named for Thomas Edison, inventor, businessman
Edison scores and rankings
Ochoa Division livestream (named for Ellen Ochoa, engineer, first Hispanic woman astronaut, Director of Johnson Space Center)
Ochoa scores and rankings
online scores for FTC by Purple Alliance
links for all livestreaming at FIRST World Championship
During Alliance Selection this morning in the Franklin Division, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus was the first pick of 724 RedNek Robotics Wun, the captain of the #2 seed alliance. And in the Jemison Division, 10092 Green.Griffins was the second pick of 5667 Robominers, the captain of the #4 seed alliance. Congratulations to both teams for advancing into the Semifinals!
Here are the results for those Semifinal matches:
Further congratulations to 4216 Rise of Hephaestus for winning their Semifinals matches! They now advance to Division Finals and hopefully to Overall Finals!
The teams are in the Judged Awards Ceremony now, and after pits are cleared, the Finals for both FTC and FRC will be staged in Minute Maid Park at 2-6pm Pacific time today. Scores should show up here http://houston.worlds.pennfirst.org/
and hopefully they will have a livestream available at one of these links:
Come and cheer on Rise of Hephaestus!!
It's the last 2 days of competition at the Houston FTC World Championship! The matches are being livestreamed on Twitch.TV, and the results are online! We have teams in the top 15 of each division so come cheer them on! As of this posting in Franklin Division, Rise of Hephaestus is 14th, and The Ducks are 19th. In Jemison Division, Inspiration is 10th, Green.Griffins is 11th, and Shockwave is 33rd, but rankings are constantly changing!
Just to remind everyone, San Diego FTC Leagues have 5 teams currently at Worlds: 4216 Rise of Hephaestus and 8471 The Ducks are in the Franklin Division, and 10092 Green.Griffins, 11128 Inspiration, and 3848 Shockwave are in the Jemison Division. Each Division has 64 teams and 144 qualifying matches total. Those qualifying matches finish up today, and the alliance selection takes place Saturday morning with Semi-Finals matches from 9:15-10:15am. It appears that Finals will take place at Minute Maid Park at 4-8pm. [All times are Central Time, so 2 hours earlier for us in San Diego.]
The match list, score results, and current rankings are online for each division (and for Finals tomorrow) at this site: http://houston.worlds.pennfirst.org/ Make sure you click on the correct division to see the results, and if you click on a particular team in the Rankings, a popup will show you their results so far and which matches still remain..
Franklin Division livestream with 4216 Rise of Hephaestus and 8471 The Ducks
(named for Ben Franklin - inventor, scientist, politician)
Jemison Division livestream with 10092 Green.Griffins, 11128 Inspiration, and 3848 Shockwave
(named for Mae Jemison - engineer, physician, first African-American woman astronaut in space)
LeBron James, Adriana Lima, and other celebrities are now appearing in ads that try to tell students the same message that FIRST tells us - in STEM fields, everyone can go pro!
"In a spot launching during March Madness, we see NBA star LeBron James explaining that there are only around 2,880 professional football players, a mere 850 pro soccer players and 624 pro basketball players. And, amazingly, there are only 5,800 fashion models.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, supermodel Adriana Lima and aging soccer star David Villa underline that there isn't a need for more of them. Instead, there are 9 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
... as explained in this CNET article:
In this "making of" video, we can see how often students want to be a pro celebrity but don't realize that STEM careers can be interesting and financially rewarding:
The advertisements are to help promote the
Innovative Learning Initiative
grant program from the Verizon Foundation.
The actual video ad sponsored by Verizon is here:
If you've been in FIRST Robotics for the last couple of years, you may have run across this 2015 article by author and trainer Paul Smith about his first experience at a FRC championship. He highlighted 10 differences between robotics competition and sports competition, and FIRST came out smelling like a rose. Even if you've already read it, you should read it again - he added an update this year on the role of the family in FIRST which you'll probably agree with!
Top 10 Differences Between High School Sports and Robotics -- by Paul Smith
For those interested in catching some our local teams' matches, here are the match schedules with our teams' matches highlighted for 10092 Green.Griffins, 9441 Syndicate, 8471 The Ducks, and 4216 Rise of Hephaestus. They've just taken a break for lunch up in Tacoma, but they will re-start at 1:00pm with match 31 on Olympic Division and match 29 on Cascade Division. The grayed out matches have already been played, and progress has been about 8 matches/hour. They'll be competing from 1-6:30pm Sat, and 8:30-11am Sun, and then Alliance Selection will occur with Semi-Finals and Finals from 1-4pm on Sunday.
The links for schedule, videostreams, and match results are at FTCWest.org, or we have the links to videostreams in the our previous blog post.
Here are live video stream links for the two divisions.
For anyone interested, this year's FTC West program booklet with team listings and more is online. For more information, check out the event website at FTCWest.org