Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors (Please distribute this email to your team members, parents, and mentors):

The last time you heard from me was early March as I announced the winners of our state championship and the teams that would be advancing to the Houston. A large number of Florida volunteers and teams would have been in Houston, TX last week participating in another fantastic FIRST Championship event. Unfortunately, the Houston Championship event was canceled due to the COVID-10 pandemic. I missed not hanging out with all of the great Florida volunteers and teams last week.  

I have limited my communication as we all of been dealing with the impact and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope everyone is safe and getting used to limited physical social activity. In the next couple of months, our attention will turn toward planning for the 2020-21 season and the kick-off events that will be happening in early September, 2020.

The following are the four topics contains in this email:

  1. COVID-19 Impact on FTC Events
  2. Amazon Grants
  3. Collins Aerospace Grants
  4. Upcoming FTC Season Teaser
  5. Jump Start Teams

 

Newsletter Details:

  1. 1.COVID-19 Impact on FTC Events –The 2020 - 2021 season presents some unique challenges with social distancing rules likely to still be in effect in many areas. As a result, regions around the world will have the option to hold Traditional FIRST Tech Challenge events or Remote events depending on the conditions in their area. As I get more information about the operating model options, I will include this information in future Florida FTC email blasts.
  2. 2.Amazon Grants – For the 2020-21, Amazon Future Engineer is working with FIRST® to create more equitable access to robotics by working with schools and offering ten (10) FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge and ten (10) FIRST®  Tech Challenge Rookie Team expansion grants in select regions. In addition to the funding a rookie team would receive, the Program Delivery Partner region would also receive a support stipend per team. Please review the following information on this grant opportunity and keep in mind, this is a one-time grant with a very limited total number of rookie grants. Amazon will review all submissions after the June 25th application deadline. I have provided below a high-level break-down of funds and the ideal school profile for the rookie team.
  • Rookie Team Funds break-down:
    • FIRST Tech Challenge
      • EACH rookie FTC Team receives $1,275 applied to their team’s account (this covers team registration, robot + shipping/taxes) + $2725 Unrestricted funds (regrant process to receive)
      • For EACH rookie FTC Team the local program delivery partner would receive $3,000
      • FIRST LEGO League Challenge
        • Each rookie FLL Challenge Team receives $775 applied to their team account (this covers team registration, robot + shipping/taxes) + $1450 team unrestricted funds (regrant process to receive)
        • For each rookie team the program delivery partner region will receive $1275
      • Ideal School Profile
        • Title 1 school, ideally a current Amazon Future Engineer School
        • Successful FIRST experience in the school or school district
        • FIRST Team demographics must mirror that of the greater student body
        • 50% female enrollment for co-ed schools
        • Educators to complete FIRST professional development training
        • Completion of 2 AFE/FIRST feedback surveys throughout year
      • Regions
        • California
        • Philadelphia
        • Chicago
        • Boston
        • New Jersey
        • New York
        • Texas
        • Indiana
        • Connecticut
        • Baltimore
        • Florida
      • Team Grant Application: https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/0e40b881-7e8b-4131-bae8-ddada0fb0b9d/2020-2021-amazon-future-engineer-rookie-team-application
      • Due Date: Thursday, June 25th
  1. 3.Collins Aerospace Grants -- Collins Aerospace is again supporting the FTC program in Florida with team grants. Please review the attached document for information about the grant criteria and application process.
  1. 4.Upcoming FTC Season Teaser – Our FIRST Tech Challenge Season Teaser will be released on June 25 at 12 noon Eastern Time. Tune in to see what’s in store for our 2020-2021 season!  Redefine the game with us!
  2. 5.Jump Start Teams -- All rookie teams that registered after 1/15/20 are considered Jump Start teams. These teams paid for their 2019-2020 registration fee, essentially paying ahead for their 2020-2021 season. When registration opened on 5/28 these teams are listed as unpaid.

FIRST  HQ will credit the Jump Start teams $275 and mark their team as paid. The teams will need to go into our registration system and complete their registration for the 2020-2021 season, even if they just did it for the 2019-2020 season to activate this payment.

There are teams that registered after the 1/15/20 jump start date that also applied for a FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant. These teams were given a registration grant for the 2019-2020 season and will also have their 2020-2021 season credited in the same way as all other Jump Start teams.

The Jump Start award does not give teams additional funding for kits or robot building materials.

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