As was emailed a week ago, the region has made the decision to not count the scores for the League Meets held on 12/9. This decision was made before the teams began to compete, in the spirit of Gracious Professionalism, as to not penalize the 10 teams who were unable to accommodate the last minute schedule changes, or were compromised from the fire behavior for situations out of their control.
In order to accommodate this situation while maintaining our schedule, percentages of counted scores, etc. the following changes are being implemented:
1) League Meets 2, 3 and League Meet Championships (Meet 4) will proceed as scheduled and will be held without any changes (6 matches per date per team).
2) The best 8 scores (not 10) out of the 12 matches in Meets 2 and 3 will be carried forward and used as the starting score at the League Meet Championship. This percentage matches the league meet guidelines of a 2:3 ratio.
These changes were discussed at length with FIRST HQ and here locally among the planning committee and the host team mentors.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me:
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P.S. The results of the meets for week 1 are attached FOR REFERENCE ONLY. Again, these scores will not be used for standings in the region and region/league overall standings will not be compiled from this information.
STEM Students Interested in Computers and Languages? SDSU will host Open Round of North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Jan 25, 2018
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a fun contest for U.S. and Canadian middle and high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a fun introduction to a field to which many students have never been introduced. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.
Try some of these practice problems: http://nacloweb.org/practice.php#naclo_online
Students must register by Jan 14, 2018 for the Open Round at SDSU; more information available here:
The top US team and perhaps additional teams will get a trip to the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL)!
For any of you who know an undergraduate female interested in aerospace, or for you to keep in mind once you start college - check out the Brooke Owen Fellowship. The deadline is Tue Dec 5, but you can apply online. Look at the opportunities listed as of today:
Air Line Pilots Association
Altius Space Machines
Amazon Prime Air
Bryce Space and Technology
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jet Blue Technology Ventures
Made in Space
The Moak Group
Mojave Air and Space Port
Museum of Flight
Sierra Nevada Corporation
The Spaceship Company
Hello FTC Team coaches and mentors,
Please sign up below by November 24th!!!
This year the region will be hosting a scrimmage on December 2nd from 9:00am to 3:00pm again as part of and in conjunction with the annual STEAMMaker Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This is the weekend before the first league tournaments and a chance for many teams to get on the field of the first time. We will have a 6' table for each team this year but please bring an extension cord and terminal strip.
STEAMMaker is once again providing a large space at their festival at no cost to the region but I am hoping each team can send at least one student volunteer to help the festival set-up at 0800 in the morning or tear down in the afternoon after 3pm.
This is a great opportunity for region collaboration and teams helping teams!
Please RSVP at the following link as to if your team will be attending. More details will be sent to those who sign up.
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life.
“Delightful.” – The New York Times
“Beguilingly absorbing… thought-provoking.” – Variety
“A fun ride from start to finish.” Film Journal
“An intelligent crowd-pleaser.” – RogertEbert.com
See website for showtimes and tickets, November 17-23 only.
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members.
Please register here at this link: REGISTER
San Diego FTC 2017-2018 Season Details
Leagues of 12-16 Teams: Each FTC team in the San Diego region will be assigned to one of five leagues. Each league will have about 12-16 teams.
Competition Dates: There will be League Meets on three Saturday/Sunday weekends (December 9/10, January 13/14, January 27/28), followed by League Tournaments on February 10/11, followed by the Regional Championship (for those teams that qualify) on February 25 or 26th. Each team competes once each weekend through the League Tournament for a total of 4 competitions, unless that team advances to the regional.
Cost: $250 for three League Meets and the League Tournament; $125 additional for teams that qualify for the Regional Championship. Please mail a $250 check made out to “RISE” to: RISE c/o Matt Nilsen, 3517 Hugo Street, San Diego, CA 92106 no later than 9/30/17. There is an increase in the cost by $25 this year due to the increased field elements cost and anticipated need to replace glyphs at tournaments. Please note your team number on the check.
Structure of League Meets: Each League Meet will consist of 6 qualifying rounds but no judging. As a fun way to end each league meet, there will also be “unofficial” elimination rounds, with alliance selection, for four alliances of two teams to determine a meet winning alliance. League Meets will take about ½ day.
Mixing and Matching Leagues: At the first League Meet, each team will compete only against teams in its same league. But at the second and third League Meets, teams from different leagues will be mixed, but the size of each League Meet will remain about 12 to 16 teams.
Rankings: For each team, its 10 best results in League Meet qualifying rounds (not elimination rounds) will be used to rank each team by Qualifying Points and Ranking Points. Each team will carry that ranking into the League Tournament. So, instead of starting the League Tournament with 0 QP and 0 RP, your team may start the League Tournament with as many as 20 QP.
Structure of League Tournaments: For the League Tournaments, each team will again compete only against teams in its same league. But there will also be judging at the League Tournament, just like at the Regional Championship. A League Tournament is like a mini-Regional Championship.
Advancement to Regional Championship: From each League Tournament, 7 teams will be selected to advance to the Regional Championship based on the advancement criteria in Game Manual part 1.
Advancement to Super-Regionals: Several teams will qualify to advance to the Super-Regionals. The actual number to advance has yet TBD by the Super-Regional committee.
SSC Pacific works with two summer internship programs designed for exceptional high school students and college (community college, junior college, undergrad and graduate) students who have an interest in a future career in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) fields. The deadline for applications for the 2018 summer internship is the end of next month, Oct. 31, 2017
For high school candidates:
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
San Diego's lab specific eligibility criteria can be found here: https://seap.asee.org/participating_labs/space_and_naval_warfare_systems_center___pacific__san_diego_
Online application link: https://seap.asee.org/apply
For college candidates (and for the first time -- community college and junior college) undergraduate and graduate students:
The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN
San Diego's lab specific eligibility criteria can be found here:
Online application link: https://nreip.asee.org/apply
Outreach Opportunity: NDIA San Diego Chapter invites you to join them at their Exhibit Booth October 13-15, 2017
NDIA San Diego Chapter invites you to join them at their Exhibit Booth October 13-15, 2017 from 10am to 4pm in the Innovation Zone. Bring your robots and other STEM related Projects and participate in San Diego Fleet Week!
Broadway Pier & Port Pavilion
1000 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA
The "window" for displaying your robots will be from 10am to 4pm each day. We'll have booth space for you to set up your displays and literature as well as room to exercise your robots.
This is a great opportunity, like Gold Coast, 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.
Please let me know if you can attend and on what Day and Time Period as soon as possible? I will send you further instructions to participate.
For three days the Port Pavilion Building will become home to the Innovation Zone. This space will host a combination of STEM and high-tech focused displays geared to attract students, service members, their families, and the public. There will be numerous vendor booths and interactive displays focused on new and emerging technologies to encourage participation in STEM education programs.
View the action at Broadway Pier, all along the San Diego region waterfront, from Coronado, the Embarcadero, Harbor and Shelter Islands. Ship tours, military static displays. The Innovation Zone will be available and FREE to the public.
For more information on the Fleet Week events click on the link: https://fleetweeksandiego.org/events/
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