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Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

Please Read this update carefully and completely!

Welcome to the first official newsletter of the 2017-18 Florida FTC season.

The FTC season will kick-off on September 9, 2017 with the announcement of the game objectives and rules. However, for the first time, FIRST has pre-announced the game name (Relic Recovery) and has posted a teaser video.  Please visit the following webpage to see all of the interesting information available about this season (https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season).

The main focus of our first newsletter of the season is about the four kick-off events being held in Florida. However, I do have a several other important topics to help you prepare for this upcoming season.  Please share this information with your team members, parents, and mentors.

1.            Florida FTC Kick-off Events – September 9, 2017

2.            Game Manual Part 1 Available

3.            Florida Rockwell Collins Grants

4.            Team Registration is Open

5.            ROBOTICON – October 7-8, 2017

 

Newsletter Details:

1.    Florida FTC Kick-off Events – I encourage all Florida teams to attend this seasons kick-off event because we will be telling you about a number of changes that are being made to the Florida league structure.  To help ensure, all teams can attend a kick-off event in your region, we will be hosting the following four kick-off events (more information about the agenda topics and start times will be made available in a future Florida FTC email blast):

  • North Florida Kick-off – Jacksonville University, 2800 University Boulevard North, Jacksonville, FL 32211
  • Western-Central Florida Kick-off -- Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33610
  • Eastern-Central Florida Kick-off – Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL 32940
  • South Florida Kick-off – St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2801 SW 12th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312

We will also provide 5 free lunches for your team and coaches at the kick-off events for those teams that have completed their FIRST registration and have registered to attend the kick-off event by going to the http://ftc.flfirst.org/Registration_System/event_registration_form.php webpage once you receive your team passcode.

2.    Game Manual Part 1 Available – A great first step activity for your teams to do prior to the season kick-off is to start reviewing part 1 of the game manualYou can download Game Manual Part 1 at the following FIRST webpage: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info. Part 1 of the game manual has rules about what type of electronics and hardware that can be used to build your robot, the robot inspection process, and tournament rules. I encourage all FTC coaches, mentors, and team members to review a number of changes that have been made to part 1 of the game manual.

3.    Florida Rockwell Collins Grants -- Rockwell Collins will again provide grants to Florida FTC teams this season. Another incentive for teams to complete the team registration process as soon as possible, is the grant application process and form will only be available to the teams in early September that have completed the FIRST registration process. Completing the FIRST registration process included having two coaches/mentors that have completed the background check process and the $275 registration fee has been paid.

4.    Team Registration is OpenThe FTC team registration process can be done directly from the FIRST website (www.firstinspires.org).  If you are a returning team and already have a team account with FIRST you can select the “Login” button in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage. If you are creating a new team, you must create your FIRST account be selecting the “Sign Up” button that is just to the left of the “Login” button.  The best way to get access to help and funding for your team is to register your team so that you are added to the FIRST and Florida FTC email distribution lists.

5.    ROBOTICON Tampa Bay – October 7 & 8

ROBOTICON is an annual FIRST Cross Program Showcase and FRC Off-Season event intended to provide teams opportunities for early season learning, robot build and practice.  The event is being held at the University of South Florida Sun Dome Arena Oct. 7 & 8.  

At ROBOTICON, we'll have a full FIRST Robotics Competition field for a two day off-season FIRST STEAMworks competition, open to up to 28 teams/robots, FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage for up to 15 teams, FIRST LEGO League scrimmage for up to 15 teams, and a FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo for up to 15 teams.  

Registration Fees are as follows:

  • FRC Team: $200 (2nd robot $75)
  • FTC Team: $ 15
  • FLL  Team: $ 15
  • FLL Jr. Team: $10 

Visit our ROBOTICON Registration page for full details and to register your team: https://roboticon.net/registration/ 

We couldn't hold our off season events without all the wonderful volunteers who participate every year, and we're grateful to Robert Cobiach for being our ROBOTICON Volunteer Coordinator again this year, and to Jacob Paikoff for being our FTA.   Anyone interested in event volunteering can sign up here:

https://roboticon.net/volunteer/

Hans K. Wolf

Tampa Bay Robotics Foundation, Inc.

Cell: 813-477-4595

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