Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors:
Please Read this update carefully and completely!
The following topics are covered in version #10 of the Florida FTC Newsletter:
1. Florida FTC State Championship – February 3, 2018
2. Advancing to the Florida FTC Championship
3. League Event Updates
4. Upgrade to Version 3.5 of the FIRST Tech Challenge Software (FIRST Repeat Announcement)
1. Florida FTC State Championship – February 3, 2018 – I am pleased to announce that the Florida FTC Championship will be held on February 2-3, 2018 at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center located in Jacksonville, FL. The current plan is to have 32 teams at the Florida FTC Championship.
2. Advancing to the Florida FTC Championship – The Florida FTC Championship will include teams from each of the leagues and is the final event of the Florida FTC season. The Florida FTC Championship is the next step in the progression toward the South Super-Regional in Athens, GA and then the Houston World Championship. Teams will qualify for the Florida FTC Championship by attending your league championship and receiving an invitation based on the number of teams coming from each league and the advancement criteria described in Part I of the game manual. The number of teams advancing to the state championship has been determined based on the number of teams in each league as of October 29, 2017. The following are the number of teams that will be advancing from each league:
- North East Florida League – 6 teams
- OneClay League – 2 teams
- Pinellas League – 4 teams
- ROBOT League – 5 teams
- Space Coast League – 4 teams
- South Florida League – 6 teams
- Tesla League – 5 teams
3. League Event Updates – Additional league events have been added to the http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/events web page. Events were added or updated for almost all of the leagues in the past 3-4 weeks. You can register to attend these events by going to the following web page: http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/event-registration. You will need your team passcode to complete the event registration process. The team passcode is emailed to the team coaches once you complete your FIRST team registration process. I encourage teams to visit the events page on a regular basis as I do expect additional events to be added in the coming weeks.
Volunteers – These events have also been added to VIMS and I encourage everyone to sign-up as a volunteer a soon as possible. Once you register as a volunteer, you will be given access to the appropriate volunteer training available on the Schoology website.
4. Upgrade to Version 3.5 of the FIRST Tech Challenge Software (FIRST Repeat Announcement) – I encourage all teams to upgrade to version 3.5 of the FTC software as soon as possible as it has an important fix that can help ensure your robot does not experience the OpMode stop issue that has been reported by a number of teams. Version 3.5 of the FIRST Tech Challenge software is available. The new software includes the following important changes:
1. Fixes were implemented to prevent random Op Mode stops.
2. The file size of the Robot Controller app has been trimmed to reduce the required install time.
3. A fix was implemented to ensure that log files get properly updated and saved.
4. Support for using the Modern Robotics Touch Sensor as an analog device was added to the FTC Blocks Programming Tool.
Instructions on how to update your FIRST Tech Challenge software can be found on the Programming Resources web page:
Detailed information regarding the release can be found at the following link:
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.