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

Welcome to the thirteenth Florida FTC season (2019-20 season). FIRST team registration is open and the Florida leagues have already started identifying locations for your league events.  The SKYSTONE game announcement will be on September 7, 2019 and the SKYSTONE Teaser can be seen on the following FIRST web page: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season. The primary purpose for this email is to provide you more information about the upcoming FTC Kick-off events that will be hosted throughout the state. 

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.  A great place to start earning your Gracious Professionalism points is to attend a kick-off event and help mentor our Florida rookie teams. Please read the details of this email newsletter to learn more about how you can help support our kick-off events. Please make sure you read the details about the Florida FTC Kick-off events and information about team grants:

1.            September 7, 2019 Kick-off Event Locations

2.            Contribute to our Kick-off Event Workshops

3.            Grant Information

 

Newsletter Details:

  • September 7, 2019 Kick-off Event Locations:
    • 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 (http://ftc.flfirst.org/index.php/season/events)):
      • Central Florida Kick-off Event – The first 25 teams at the event will receive a free SKYSTONE scoring element.  This is a great chance to get a jump start on understand how to manipulate the SKYSTONE scoring elements.
        • Lakeland Christian School, 1111 Forest Park Street, Lakeland, FL 33803
        • 8:30am to 2:00pm
      • Space Coast League Kick-off Event
        • Oviedo High School, 601 King Street, Oviedo, FL 32765
        • 9:00am to 2:00pm
      • AeroCoast League Kick-off Event
        • REEF, 1350 N. Poquito Road, Shalimar, FL 32579
        • 9:00am to noon
      • OneClay League Kick-off Event
        • Orange Park Junior High School, 1500 Gano Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32403
        • 11:00am to 2:00pm
      • South Florida Kick-off Event
        • 8:30am to 1:00pm

  • Contribute to our Kick-off Event Workshops – There are lots of benefits to attending one of the Florida FTC kick-off events on September 7th that includes early access to a field and ability to meet and talk to other teams. If you are a veteran team that would be willing to conduct a training workshop, this can also give you a jumpstart on building out your engineering notebook by demonstrating your willingness to help other FTC teams.  Helping other FTC teams makes a good impression on our judges.  Teams that conduct a workshop at a kick-off event will also receive a $50 reduction on the league fee.  If your team is interested in conducting a 30 minute workshop at one of our kick-off events, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a summary of the topic you will cover and the kick-off event location you are able to attend.The goal for the Florida FTC kick-off workshops is to conduct hands-on training sessions on specific topics that can help either students/coaches that are new to FTC or event more experienced teams.  The workshops must be structured as a hands-on activity with a limited number of PowerPoint slides. The focus should be on practical help to the teams. The following are several example topic areas that would be good kick-off training workshops:
    • Understanding TeleOp programming – This would be a walk-thru of a teleop program and a demonstration with a working robot.
    • Understanding autonomous programming – This would be a walk-thru of an example autonomous program with a working robot.
    • How to use the OnBot Java development
    • Rookie teams and coaches – Understanding the FIRST and Florida team administration functions – register team members in TIMS, printing your roster for events, registering for events on the www.flfirst.org website, etc.
    • Understanding FTC Events – Review the event day and what teams should expect. How to prepare to attend an event.
    • Designing a Reliable Robot – Show examples of good robot design principles that reduce the chances of field failures.  Review good wiring procedures, how to mount your phone, etc.
    • How to use a linear slide – Explain and demonstrate an example of implementing a linear slide on an FTC robot.
    • Drive train best practices
  • Grant Information – The following is information about FTC grants that are currently available to teams:

 

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