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This is somewhat belated, but we have not found an official posting at FIRST yet. This listing is from the FTC subreddit.
Congratulations to 10092 Green.Griffins for being named finalists for both the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award and also PTC Design Award!!
Volunteer of the year: Bob Atkinson
Judges’ Award: 10165 Apex Predators
Toolbox Judges’ Award: 3188 Squiggle Splat Bang
Compass Award Nominees: Krishnan Duraiswami 4855, Chase Rainwater 9879, Ms. Sue 12527
Compass Award: Krishnan Duraiswami 4855
Promote Award Nominees: 7300 Guzzoline Robotics, 5795 Back to the Drawing Board, 3595 Schrodingers Hat
Promote Award: 3595 Schrodingers Hat
Control Award Nominees: 2856 Tesseract, 3491 FIX IT, 3595 Schrodingers Hat, 7172 Technical Difficulties, 8045 Gromit’s Grommets, 9915 Robo Thunder
Control Award: 8045 Gromit’s Grommets
Motivate Award Nominees: 417 S.K.I.D, 3526 Marlbots, 4962 Rockettes, 8176 Steelhead, 9879 Root Negative One, 10247 Trinity BaCoNeers
Motivate Award Winner: 3526 Marlbots
PTC Design Nominees: 4717 Mechromancers, 5795 Back to the Drawing Board, 6299 ViperBots QuadX, 10092 Green.Griffins, 12527 Fast Dragon, 12537 Gearing Wings
PTC Design Winner: 6299 ViperBots QuadX
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Nominees: 2856 Tesseract, 3595 Schrodingers Hat, 7013 Hot Wired, 8815 Iron Eagles Silverbot, 10060 Klamath Coyotes, 10092 Green.Griffins
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winners: 3595 Schrodingers Hat
Connect Award Nominees: 4628 Suit Bots, 5714 Shambots, 7209 Tech Hogs Robotics, 8651 Wait For It…, 8908 Robo Mojo, 11121 Fishy Business, Inc. (FBI)
Connect Award Winners: 5714 Shambots
Think Award Nominees: 3491 FIX IT, 6510 CyberSharks, 6990 Static Void, 7172 Technical Difficulties, 8404 Quixilver, 8668 Error 404: Team Name Not Found
Think Award Winner: 6510 CyberSharks
Inspire Award Nominees: 2856 Tesseract, 3491 FIX IT, 8471 The Ducks, 8668 Error 404: Team Name Not Found
Inspire Award Winners: 3491 FIX IT
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
The #2 seed alliance from Franklin Division: FTC 724 RedNek Robotics Wun, 4216 Rise of Hephaestus, and FTC 8651 Wait For It... won their third Finals match against the Jemison Division winning alliance to become the Overall Winning Alliance at 2017 Worlds in Houston!!
In addition, 8471 The Ducks were a finalist for the Inspire Award!
CONGRATULATIONS to both teams for their awards! And congratulations to 10092 Green.Griffins for advancing into the Jemison Division Semifinals!
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!!
After 9 Qualifying Matches at Worlds, San Diego teams had very respectable results:
6th seed - 4216 Rise of Hephaestus
12th seed - 8471 The Ducks
7th seed - 11128 Inspiration
12th seed - 10092 Green.Griffins
33rd seed - 3848 Shockwave
Alliance Selection will take place Sat morning at 8am, followed by Semi-Final matches at 9:15-10:15am. There will then be a break for Judged Awards Ceremony, and packing up of pits, followed by Finals matches at 4-8pm. All times are Central time. See previous blog post for links to the livestream and results pages.
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)
"The Mars Society is sponsoring a Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest, inviting youth from around the world to depict the human future on the planet Mars. Young artists from grades 4 through 12 (ages 8 to 18) are invited to submit up to three works of art each, illustrating any part of the human future on the Red Planet, including the first landing, human field exploration, operations at an early Mars base, the building of the first Martian cities, terraforming the Red Planet and other related human settlement concepts.
The SMArt Contest will be divided into three categories: Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (Grades 10-12). Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, as well as trophies, will be given out to the first, second and third place winners of each section. There will also be certificates of honorable mention for those artists who don’t finish in the top three, but whose work is nevertheless judged to be particularly meritorious.
The winning works of art will be posted on the Mars Society web site and may also be published as part of a special book about Mars art. In addition, winners will be invited to come to the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of California, Irvine September 7-10, 2017 to display and talk about their art.
Mars art will consist of still images, which may be composed by traditional methods, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolors or paint, or by computerized means. ..."
The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017, 5:00 pm MST.
For entry details, see http://www.marssociety.org/mars-society-to-hold-intl-student-mars-art-contest/
FTC 11128 Team Inspiration recently notified us of a California Assembly Bill being co-sponsored by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein. His office would like to have support letters emailed by April 10 (tomorrow!), and we have a sample letter your team or coaches and mentors can use to show your support.
From FTC 11128 Team Inspiration
Hello Robotics fans, families, supporters:
Wouldn't it be nice if we could get more donations & sponsorships for our robotics club?
AB 624 Robotics Club Tax Credit will give companies incentives to support robotics clubs. This bill will help to encourage more donors to contribute funding to students' interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Link for bill: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB624 (it will be amended to reflect community clubs)
Assembly Member Brian Maienschein has solicited Team Inspiration's help in coordinating support for AB 624. So far, the bill sponsors have only received about fifty (50) letters of support. They need our help. Please join us in writing support letters for this bill. You are welcome to use or revise the attached sample letter to reflect your support. It is important to have these support letters emailed by April 10, 2017 before the committee reconvenes for a hearing on this bill.
Email the signed support letter to
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues. We need as much support as possible from parents, neighbors, community members, and companies.
Let's help to pass this bill so our robotics teams can get proper funding! Thank you for supporting this proposed bill.
Steven Chen - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Captain
Madalyn Nguyen - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Outreach Ambassador
Tracy Nguyen, O.D. - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Outreach Liaison
Below is a sample letter you can download and customize, as well as one from the Million Women Mentors group.
and more background from FRC 1622 Team Spyder
Thank you everyone for helping,
If you did not know this bill was the brain child of FRC team 1622 Team Spyder from Poway, CA with the support of Poway Unified and Ramona Unified School District. In the effort to propose this bill, Team Spyder students met with the author Assemblymember Brian Maienschein for support, received support from Poway Unified acting Superintendent Mel Robertson and Ramona Unified School Board President Rodger Dohm whom meet with Senator Joel Anderson's staff gathering Joel's support to coauthor the bill. Through these efforts, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, a Poway High School graduate himself authored AB624 Robotics Tax Credit Bill to Robotics Teams with up to $10,000 tax credits available to individuals and corporations.
FRC Team 624 gathered many signatures with the attached form from the San Diego and Ventura Regionals. The bill is going through committee's. Representatives from FRC team Spyder 1622 went to the Sacramento State Capitol to testify in committee, but unfortunately the committee was canceled that day to review the bill. We also went to Chairman Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas office to show support.
If you can gather more signatures and follow the instructions in the email below (Nadra.Mamou@asm.ca.gov) and attached, we would greatly appreciate any efforts that Robotics Teams can do. This is a direct support to every FLL, FTC and FRC team in California. It is not limited to FIRST Robotics in that it can help all Robotics Clubs. Please spread the word and gather as many signatures that you can! Helping to gather signatures in behalf of FTC 11128not only supports FRC 1622 Team Spyder, but also all California Robotics Teams!
Poway High School - Instructor
CTE STEM Teacher on Special Assignment
Engineering Academy / Pathway Coordinator
Team 1622 FIRST Robotics Coach / Advisor
(858) 748-0245 x.5307