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Florida FTC Workshop Presentation Downloads:

2014 Florida FTC Season Kickoff Presentations on September 6, 2014

  1. “FTC Awards and How To Win Them” - Download

  2. “Lessons Learned in a Rookie Season” - Download

  3. “Mechanical Design Workshop” - Download

  4. “Stopping Robot Failures” - Download

  5. Official US First Document on NXT Lockups” - Download

  6. FTC Scouting” - Download

  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to FTC Fundraising. Don't Panic!” - Download Sample sponsorship request letter


2013 Florida FTC Season Kickoff Presentations on September 7, 2013

  1. “FTC Awards and How To Win Them” - Download

  2. "THINK ABOUT IT, The Engineering Notebook Workshop, 2013-14 Notebook Changes and Judging Tips" - Download

  3. "Know Yourself, Know Your Opponent: Sun Tzu and the Art of FTC Strategy and Scouting" - Download

  4. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to FTC Fundraising: Don't Panic!" - Download

  5. Sample Fundraising Spreadsheet - Download

  6. Sample Fundraising Letter - Download

  7. "Why do Robots Stop Operating on the Competition Field" - Download

  8. "Mechanical Design"

  9. Presentation Without Embedded Video (Reduced Resolution) - Download (~4MB)

  10. Presentation Without Embedded Video - Download (~72MB) 

  11. Presentation With Embedded Video - Download (~236MB)


2012 Florida FTC Season Kickoff Presentations on September 8, 2012

  1. Mechanical Design - Download

  2. Video Production Tips - Download


FTC Basic Robot Design on August 2, 2012 - Download

FTC ROBOTC Workshop on July 30, 31 & August 1, 2012 - Download

FTC Strategy Workshop on July 7, 2012 - Download

Mechanical Design Tips for the 2011 Bowled Over! Game (~25MB) - Download

Using Sensors and Encoders for the 2011 Bowled Over! Game (~1.5MB) - Download

Tournament Day Tips (~1MB) - Download

Scouting and Strategy - Download Presentation (~11MB) - Download example Scouting Sheet (2010 Season)


Links to Training Resources:

TETRIX for FTC Building Guide and Webinars -

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy -

Production Tips for Creating Video for FTC Judging - Download

Book: FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets 2011/12 Edition - Order Here

Powering an FTC Robot with Anderson Connectors video by team 5454, dent in the universe -


Marketing Information:

Two-page flyer describing the progression of FIRST programs in Florida - Download


Links to Purchasing Robot Parts, Materials, and Tools:

LEGO Education site for FTC Team discount -

Modern Robotics Inc. -

HiTechnic -

Tools and most allowed materials -

Plastic sheet -

Sheet aluminum and plastic sheet -

ChapR - Two game controller wireless (Bluetooth) driving of an FTC robot without a PC


Links to Royalty Free Music:



Open Source Music:


More here: with information about how to use and identify CC music.




Links to FIRST related Robotics Web Sites:

FIRST Robotics -

FIRST Tech Challenge [Ken’s] Blog -

FIRST in Florida -

Florida FIRST Robotics Regional Competition -

Florida FIRST LEGO League - Send E-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chief Delphi: Unofficial FIRST forum -

NEMO (Non-Engineering Mentor Organization) is a support group and information exchange for those adult non-engineering mentors who help teams as part of the FIRST Robotics Program -


Links for purchasing materials to build playing field elements:

Blocks for the 2013 Game - 

McMaster-Carr -

Grainger Industrial Supply -

MSC Industrial Supply -


Purchase a playing field or download instructions for building a low-cost field:

FIRST Perimeter Field Kit -

Half-Height FIRST Perimeter Field Kit -

Build Your Own Low Cost Field Perimeter Wall - Download


SoftTiles for the playing field:

SoftTiles - (Place your order by telephone and ask for the FTC team discount.)

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