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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

Newsletter Details:

1.    Outreach Opportunities:

  • South Florida FTC teams the 100 Black Men of America Conference will be held on June 14-15 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL and we would like all FIRST programs to be represented at the event.  We are looking for a couple of FTC teams that can be at the conference from noon to 6pm on June 14th & 15th.  Please send an email to Sandra Contreras (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if your team is interested in participating in this event.
  • FIRST will be represented by teams from all programs (FLL, FTC, & FRC) at the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership on August 2nd at the IMAG History and Science Museum in Fort Myers (2000 Cranford Aven). We are looking for FTC teams that can be at the museum form 5:30pm to 7:30pn on August 2, 2018. Please send an email to Tina LaFreniere (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in participating in this outreach event.

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.

Programming Languages

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.

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