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Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

Please Read this update carefully and completely!

I believe that many of Florida county school systems have returned back to school and it shows in our team registration numbers.  We currently have 62 registered FTC teams in Florida and our league volunteers are making great progress on identifying event locations and dates. As a reminder to everyone, you can always go to the following web page to see all of the scheduled events that we have across Florida: http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/events. We currently have four kick-off events scheduled and the primary purpose of this email it provide more details about the planned activities at each of the locations.  In the coming weeks, I do expect to see a number of league events to get posted on the www.flfirst.org event registration system.

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 (Schedule)– September 9, 2017

2.            FIRST Team Registration System Documentation

3.            Registering for a Florida FTC Event

 

Newsletter Details:

1.    Florida FTC Kick-off Events (Schedules) – In my previous email blast I told you about the four Florida kick-off event locations. I now have additional information about the schedule and training sessions that will be held at each of the events:

  • 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
    • Location: School auditorium
    • Lunch Menu: See attached PDF flyer from the Middleton High School Robotics Club
    • Schedule
      • 8:00am – 9:00am    Team Check-in
      • 9:00am – 9:45am    Changes to the Florida League System -- how teams will get selected for the state championship has changed. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the changes to the Florida league system.
      • 9:45am – 10:15am   Learn about the new Rev Robotics Module
      • 10:15am – 11:00am How to Win Judge Awards
      • 11:00am – 11:15am  FTC Game Reveal and Game Animation
      • 11:15am – 11:45am  Game Q/A
      • 11:45am – 1:00pm    Lunch and access to field and game elements
      • 12:00noon – 12:30pm   Volunteers and League Coaches/Moderators Meeting

  • Eastern-Central Florida Kick-off – Viera High School 6103 Stadium Parkway, Melbourne, FL 32940
    • Location: School Cafeteria and Auditorium
    • Lunch Menu
      • 2 Slices of Pizza and Drink -- $5
      • Schedule
        • 8:30am – 9:00am    Team Check-in
        • 9:00am – 9:30am     Changes to the Florida League System -- how teams will get selected for the state championship has changed. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the changes to the Florida league system.
        • 9:30am – 10:00am    How to Win Judge Awards
        • 10:00am – 10:30am   Learn about the new Rev Robotics Module
        • 10:30am – 10:45am   FTC Game Reveal and Game Animation
        • 10:45am – 11:30am   Game Q/A
        • 11:30am – 1:00pm     Access to field and game elements
        • 12:00am – 1:00pm      Lunch and Coaches Meeting

  • South Florida Kick-off – St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2801 SW 12th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
    • Location Bienes Center
    • Schedule
      • 8:30am – 9:00am    Team Check-in
      • 9:00am – 9:30am    Changes to the Florida League System -- how teams will get selected for the state championship has changed. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the changes to the Florida league system.
      • 9:30am – 10:00am   How to Win Judge Awards
      • 10:00am – 10:30am  Learn about the new Rev Robotics Module
      • 10:30am – 10:45am  FTC Game Reveal and Game Animation
      • 10:45am – 11:15am  Game Q/A
      • 11:15am – 11:30pm    Access to field and game elements
      • 11:30am – 12:30pm    Lunch
      • 12:30pm – 1:00pm       Volunteers and League Coaches/Moderators Meeting

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.    FIRST Team Registration System Documentation– FIRST has implemented a number of improvements and new features to the team registration system.  The PDF document (FIRST_Team_Registration_System_2017.pdf) attached to this email provided a detailed description of the features in the FIRST registration system.  This information will help you understand how to complete your team registration process and also assign students to your teams.

3.    Registering for a Florida FTC Event – All Florida FTC league and state events will be made available on the Florida FTC website (http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/events) and if your team would like to attend an event, you must register for the event by going to the following web page: http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/event-registration. You will need a six digit passcode to register for events. Within a week of you completing your FIRST team registration process, you will receive an automated email from the first.flfirst.org website with your passcode. Please keep this email in safe place as you will use the same passcode throughout the 2017-18 season to register for events.  If you do not received the passcode email, I suggest you first check through SPAM folder and if you as still not able to locate the email you can request the code by sending an email along with your team number to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hans K. Wolf

Tampa Bay Robotics Foundation, Inc.

Cell: 813-477-4595

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Follow Florida FTC at:

Florida FIRST Tech Challenge website: http://www.flfirst.org

Florida FTC Facebook page:   facebook.com/FloridaFTC

Florida FTC Twitter page: twitter.com/FLFTC   #FLFTCRocks

Florida FTC Forum:   http://flftc.forumotion.com

FIRST Tech Challenge Blog: http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com

Visit FIRST in Florida at FIRSTFL.org for more information and resources about FIRST statewide.

Hans K. Wolf

Tampa Bay Robotics Foundation, Inc.

Cell: 813-477-4595

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