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Topics in this email include:

 

1. New Florida FTC Leadership Team

2. RobotiCon Tampa Bay

3. Keep Up With News From FIRST Headquarters

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1. New Florida FTC Leadership Team

We proposed an all-star team of experienced FTC volunteers to run the Florida FTC program for the 2014-15 season.  FIRST is evaluating our proposed leadership team and I am hopeful that they will be approved by the end of July.  Until the change of leadership is approved, Geared 2 Learn is still the Affiliate Partner and I am the Affiliate Partner Representative.  Feel free to correspond with me until the new leadership team is announced.

 

If you missed the email announcing my retirement from the Florida FTC program, a copy of the email is below my signature line for this email.

 

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2. RobotiCon Tampa Bay

FTC, FRC, FLL, and Jr.FLL teams from around the state are invited to be part of RobotiCon Tampa Bay on October 11 & 12 at the Mob Martinez Athletics Center in Tampa.  FIRST students and guests will enjoy a full scale FRC event, FTC Challenge, FLL scrimmages and a Jr.FLL display.  The complete details are available on the RobotiCon website: https://roboticontampabay.wordpress.com

 

Registration for the Tampa Bay area FTC teams in the ROBOT League is open now through August 1st, at which time registration will open to any FTC team in Florida. There is no cost for ROBOT League teams (the local League pays a separate fee).  FTC teams outside the ROBOT league pay just $25 to participate in RobotiCon.  The event can accommodate up to 20 FTC Teams.  Workshop information will be online soon, as well as details for this year’s RobotiCon Challenge Awards for FTC & FRC.

 

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3. Keep Up With News From FIRST Headquarters

I hope that everyone is enjoying his or her robotics offseason rest.  We have a great game to show you on September 6th and you will want to be rested and caught up with your non-robotics life so that you can spend lots of time solving the new game challenge.  The volunteers and FIRST staff that run the FTC program work year-round so that we can offer an awesome program for your enjoyment.  My team email blasts keep you up to date on the information you need to have a successful Florida League Play season.  FIRST also publishes very important information that teams absolutely need to know.

 

FIRST sends team email blasts directly to everyone registered as a team contact in the FIRST Team Information Management System (TIMS).  Please read these emails carefully as soon as they hit your inbox.  If you aren't on the TIMS contact list, you can visit the email archive on the FIRST website to learn the latest news:  www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/emailblastarchive.aspx

 

FIRST also publishes timely and often fun news about the program on their FTC blog.  FIRST recently blogged about kickoff and the upcoming game hints that will appear in the blog.  The FTC blog is located here:  firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com

 

 

That's all for now.

 

Take care,

 

 

Michael Coleman

FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida

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