Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

I hope that everyone has been busy designing and building your robots in preparation for your first event. All of your league volunteers are busy preparing for those initial events and that is the primary focus of this Florida FTC newsletter.  This email contains information that will help you prepare for the season. The following are the topics covered this Florida FTC newsletter:

1.                  Registering for Events

2.                  Important 2019-20 Season Rule Changes (Repeat)

3.                  Dean’s List Nominations

4.                  Help with Identifying Game Elements with a Camera – Tensor Flow

Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

All of the Florida FTC kick-off events have been confirmed and we are ready to kick-off the 13th Florida FTC season.  The Florida FTC kick-off events will have a number of workshops that will help your team prepare for the season as well as some giveaways to the first teams to show up at the event on Saturday. If you are not able to attend one of the Florida FTC kick-off events, you can always participate in the FIRST online event that will be held at the Qualcomm campus in California. The remainder of this email newsletter includes more information about the FIRST

1.            FIRST Online Kick-off Event

2.            Florida FTC Kick-off Event Locations and Schedules


Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

Welcome to the thirteenth Florida FTC season (2019-20 season). FIRST team registration is open and the Florida leagues have already started identifying locations for your league events.  The SKYSTONE game announcement will be on September 7, 2019 and the SKYSTONE Teaser can be seen on the following FIRST web page: The primary purpose for this email is to provide you more information about the upcoming FTC Kick-off events that will be hosted throughout the state. 

It is never too late to start your engineering notebook and adding team outreach events to build your first steps toward winning the Inspire Award at your League Championship and the Florida Championship.  A great place to start earning your Gracious Professionalism points is to attend a kick-off event and help mentor our Florida rookie teams. Please read the details of this email newsletter to learn more about how you can help support our kick-off events. Please make sure you read the details about the Florida FTC Kick-off events and information about team grants:

1.            September 7, 2019 Kick-off Event Locations

2.            Contribute to our Kick-off Event Workshops

3.            Grant Information


FTC Season kick-off is only 2 ½ weeks from today and we do have a number of kick-off event scheduled throughout the state. I encourage all teams to attend an event as we will be giving away game scoring elements to the first teams that arrive at those events.  You can find out more about our kick-off event locations by visiting the following web page:

The following are the topics covered this Florida FTC newsletter:

1.                  Important 2019-20 Season Rule Changes

2.                  Registering for Events

3.                  Contribute to our Kick-off Event Workshops (Repeat)

Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors (Please distribute this email to your team members, parents, and mentors):

Congratulations to team 3101 BoomBots from Palm Harbor University High School for being the captain of the winning alliance at the Houston FTC World Championship and to Blake Sanders from team 10497 SwampBots for being a World Championship Dean’s List winner.  These are both significant accomplishments for our Florida FTC teams.  BoomBots had to score over 500 points in several of the alliance matches to win and scored an impressive 582 points during the finals. Blake Sander’s selection to the Dean’s List is a Florida first.  Being selected as a Dean’s List winner from over 1000 nominations is an incredible accomplishment. Congratulations team 3101 BoomBots and Blake Sanders.

Team 7203 KNO3 also had a great World Championship which included being selected for the Design Award Finalist and also making it to the alliance rounds in the Franklin Division.  Unfortunately they ran up against the World Championship juggernaut that was led by team 3101 BoomBots.

My final update about the World Championship events is that the Promote Video created by team 9779 PIEaters that the Promote Award Winner at the Florida Championship will be played during the opening of the Detroit FTC finals Saturday event.  I encourage all of you to take the time to watch this creative video: . This video is expected to be played tomorrow evening (April 27) between 5:30pm and 6:00pm.  You can watch the live stream by going to the following website:

All of the Florida FTC teams, students, coaches, and volunteers did an outstanding job at the Houston FTC World Championship.  We had over 20 volunteers that represented several teams and leagues.  Thank you to everyone that made this another fantastic FTC season.