E-Mail May 28, 2018
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Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:
Welcome to the Florida 2018-19 FTC season. FIRST team registration is open and the Florida leagues have already started identifying locations for your league events. The Rover Ruckus game announcement will be on September 8, 2018 and the Rover Ruckus Teaser can be seen on the following FIRST web page: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season. We are still finalizing the dates and locations of the Florida kick-off events and I will send out an email newsletter in July officially announcing the kick-off event locations. 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. This Florida FTC newsletter has information about a couple of upcoming outreach opportunities and a repeat of several important FIRST announcements”
1. Team Outreach Opportunities
2. (Repeat) Changes to the FIRST Tech Challenge 2018-19 Season
1. Outreach Opportunities:
2. (Repeat) Changes to the FIRST Tech Challenge 2018-19 Season – The following are three important FIRST rule change announcements:
Technology Phase Out
The following modules will no longer be supported moving into the 2018-2019 season:
- Legacy TETRIX DC Motor Controller
- Legacy TETRIX Servo Controller
- Legacy MATRIX DC Motor/Servo Controller
- Legacy Sensors (LEGO and NXT sensors)
- Core Legacy Module
Modern Robotics Core Control Modules, less the Core Legacy Modules, will still be allowed for the upcoming season. The REV Expansion hub will continue to be allowed, and will be included in the official kit of parts.
Next season will also be the phase out of App Inventor, as this will no longer be an allowed programming language. We will continue to allow FTC Blocks, OnBot Java, Android Studio, Java Native Interface (JNI) and Android Native Development Kit (NDK).
Robot Weight Limit
The coming season will impose a weight limit for Robots of 42 pounds total. More details on this rule change will be outlined in the Game Manual Part 1 scheduled for release in July 2018.
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.