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Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

The countdown to Rover Ruckus has started! The 2018-19 season will officially start next Saturday, September 8, 2018 with the reveal of the game rules. We are having five kick-off events across Florida to ensure there is an event close to you. I encourage all teams to attend an event as this is a great opportunity to network with other teams, learn about this seasons changes, and help your team be prepared to start your robot design activities.

I have included the planned schedule and physical address of each of the kick-off events in the Florida FTC newsletter below. This version of the newsletter covers the following topics

1.            Season Kick-off Event Schedules

2.            Team Grant Information

3.            Team Outreach Opportunities

Attachments: Grant Criteria Doc FPL Draft.pdf

Newsletter Details:

1.    Season Kick-off Events – Please see below for the details on our five kick-off event locations (information about the kick-off events is also posted on the following web page (

  • Kennedy Space Center (SOLD OUT)
    • Please see attached PDF document for details on how to register for this event
    • Address: M6-306, 405 State Road, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
    • Schedule:
  • 9:30am – Award Presentation
  • 10am - Super 7 - Journey To Inspiring the World
  • 10:30 - SLIC Overview Video/Game Manual Section 1 Tips and Highlights
  • 12pm - Sports Desk
  • 12:03 - Intro to Game Animation Video
  • 12:08 - Game Animation Video
  • 12:23 - Vamp with Crowd, pull curtain off field
  • 12:24 - Game Animation Only
  • 12:44 - Field Tour
  • 12:45 - Q&A with Barry and Head Ref and members of GDC (tentative)
  • 1:00 - Field open for Teams
  • 1:30 – Rookie Team Workshop
  • South Florida FTC League Kick-off
    • Venue: Bienes Center, St. Thomas Aquinas High School
    • Address: 2801 SW 12 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
    • Schedule:
  • 9:00-9:30am - Registration/Check-in
  • 9:30-10:00am - Florida FTC Updates
  • 10:00-10:30am - How to advance to World Championship (Team 6322)
  • 10:30-11:00am - Stream for SLIC presentation
  • 11:00-11:15am - Game animation unveiled; discussion
  • 11:15am-12:00pm - Preview field; Game Q and A
  • Western-Central Florida FTC 2018-2019 Season Kick-off
    • Venue: Middleton High School Auditorium
    • Address: 4801 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33610
    • Schedule:
  • 8:00-9:00am       Registration
  • 9:00-9:30am       Welcome and FTC Changes for the 2018-19 Season           Hans Wolf
  • 9:30-10:00am     Robot Design and Game Strategy                                             Carson Wolf
  • 10:10-10:40am   Controlling LED Strips with Rev Module                                  Mike Nicolai and AJ Foster
  • 10:50-11:20am   FTC Business Plan Section of Your Notebook                       Dan Kinzer
  • 11:25-11:35am   Game Reveal – FTC Game Animation
  • 11:35-12:15pm   Rover Ruckus Q/A                                                                       
  • 12:15-1:15pm      Field Preview
  • Northeast Florida FTC 2018-2019 Season Kick-off
    • Venue: San Jose Preparatory High School
    • Address: 4072 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
    • Schedule:
  • 8:30-9:00 - Team Registration and Volunteer Registration for event season
  • 9:00-9:30 - Welcome address, team announcements, and season calendar
  • 9:30-10:00 - Introduction to the new S.L.I.C. program
  • 10:00-10:30 - How to Win Judges Awards
  • 10:30-10:45 - Game Reveal for 2018-2019 season
  • 10:45-11:00 - Game Q&A
  • 11:00-12:00 - Strategy session & cardboard build
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch (Teams are welcome to stay and eat while continuing their strategy session)
  • AeroCoast (Panhandle) Florida FTC 2018-2019 Season Kick-off
    • Venue: Davidson Middle School
    • Address: 6261 Old Bethel Road, Crestview, FL 32536
    • Schedule:
  • 10AM - Doors Open
  • 10:15 - Team Mixer/Get to Know You Scavenger Hunt
  • *Possible Video Presentations from other regions (SLIC)
  • 11:00 - Game Reveal Video followed by Field Unveiling
  • 11:30-12:00 - Free Field Observation and Game Manual Review
  • 12:00-12:45 - Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30 - Collaborate and Strategize (I want to mix up the teams, a few veterans with rookies from various teams)
  • 1:30-2:00 - Breakout Session on Fundraising (Celena Crews)

2.    Team Grant Information –

  • Florida Power & Light is offering $750 to rookie teams if you are in one of the counties listed below.  See that attached PDF document for details on the grant an how to apply.  The following are the Florida counties supported by Florida Power & Light:
    • Okeechobee
    • Clay
    • Columbia
    • Baker
    • Bradford
    • Suwanee
    • Union
    • Nassau
    • Putman
    • Flagler
    • Clay
    • East side of Volusia
    • East side of Seminole
    • Brevard
    • Indian River
    • Martin
    • Palm Beach
    • Broward
    • Miami Dade
    • Collier
    • Charlotte
    • Lee
    • Sarasota
    • Manatee
    • Desoto
  • The DEKA Foundation has generously funded our FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant. Please share this information with any new interested teams, or with any potential new teams, at your FIRST Tech Challenge Outreach events. This grant will cover the $275 registration fee and $225 worth of product. Please visit our website for more information about our 2018-2019 FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant.
  • Rockwell Collins will again be supporting Florida FTC teams. The Florida Rockwell Collins grant application will be distributed to teams in late August or early September.

3.    Outreach Opportunities:

  • October 20, 2018 – We are looking for a couple of FTC teams that would like to represent the program at the 8th Annual  Saint Petersburg Science Festival held this year on Saturday, October 20th, from 10am – 4pm at USF St. Pete & Poynter Park along the Bayboro Waterfront. Check out our Website. If you click on Brochure you will see the illustrious list of the 2016 Festival participants.  Please contact Wendy Austin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if your team is interested in attending.
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