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. 1.Florida FTC Championship Pictures
  2. 2.FTC Teams Helping During COVID-19
  3. 3.AMRoc Coordinating Shield 3D Printing
  4. 4.Makers Organizing Resources for Personal Protective Equipment

Newsletter Details:

  1. 1.Florida FTC Championship Pictures – The 14th Florida FTC season has come to an end with an exciting celebration at the Florida Championship that was held at Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville on February 28-29, 2020. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, coaches, mentors, and teams members across Florida that made this a very special Florida Championship event. To help remind us about the great fun that we had in February, I have included a link to some pictures from this event:
  2. 2.FTC Teams Helping During COVID-19 – I am sure that most of you will not be surprised by the fact that FIRST teams have immediately started to setup and help out during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been told about a number of teams using 3D printer create medical parts and protective gear such as team 7119 Team RISE that has been printing face shield for their community.  I would like to hear about all of the stories about all of the great Florida FTC teams. Please send me an email summarizing any FTC volunteer work that you have heard about across the state of Florida.
  3. 3.AMRoc Coordinating Shield 3D Printing – Whether you have one printer or three or a dozen, you can help with COVID-19 relief efforts in Tampa Bay! If you have classroom 3D printers, printers in your home, office, art studio, or garage, you can help with the production of protective face shields for healthcare workers and others on the front lines of COVID-19 related work.AMRoC Fab Lab is collaborating MRG 3D, a high-volume volunteer effort to supply thousands of face shields to hospital systems that have requested them. To maximize output, we’re helping mobilize as many remote 3D printers as possible. This is a great way to help from home, with a meaningful and truly useful project.The shield is face-shield-A4-v3-R1, an open source file. For quality control, MRG 3D requests that you please print using ABS filament. If you can't, please mark finished products as such, so medical professionals know (for sterilization purposes).Completed shields should be stored in a sealed bag and can be dropped off at AMRoC Fab Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 1pm and 6pm.What You Need to Volunteer
  • A 3D printer with a decent sized bed – although we have smaller print files for smaller beds, if needed,
  • Basic working knowledge of using your printer,
  • ABS filament preferably – using a 5% infill which seems to work fine in ABS. PLA filament may require a higher infill . Please mark PLA prints as such, if using that type of filament
  • Sanitation supplies for keeping your print area clean and working in a clean environment, using a mask and gloves.

How to Register to Volunteer -- To volunteer, you can go to and comment on the “External Printer” thread, and you’ll be contacted with further instructions, or you can just write directly to Terri Willingham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. 4.Makers Organizing Resources for Personal Protective Equipment – There is a group of Makers throughout the state that is gathering resources and building Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support our medical community in the fight against this terrible disease, and they need our help. The good news is that if you have a 3D printer, or a laser cutter, even just some thread and needle, you can help out!Please take a look at the document housed in this link, and let me know if you have any capability and desire to lend a hand.
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