Friday, March 27, 2020

Compass & Promote; Summer Invitational

Teams, we're thinking of all of you as we continue to plot a new course through uncharted waters. We hope you all are safe, healthy, and taking care of each other. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or just need to chat with someone that's not in your household! 

All our love, from Dave, Christine & the AZ Planning Committee

Rover Robotics Invitational - Postponed
Due to the continuing worldwide COVID-19 crisis, all FIRST events have been postponed. We are working with NAU's ROADS on MARS coordinating team to pick a new event date and working with FIRST headquarters for guidance on timing of events. 

Can't get enough SKYSTONE? Come compete at the Rover Robotics Invitational TBD, 2020 at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff! This event will feature FLL (City Shaper), FTC (SKYSTONE) and the new NASA Challenge ROADS on Mars! 

Teams can fill out the registration form to express interest in competing. We will be in touch with interested teams as soon as we have a date. 

This event is only $100 per FIRST Team! 

In addition to the robotics competitions, there will be other activities to celebrate all things Rover. Come celebrate with us! 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER 


Submit your Compass and Promote Videos!
FIRST Headquarters is inviting all FIRST Tech Challenge teams that created a Compass or Promote video for the SKYSTONE season to submit it for the May 2nd FIRST Virtual Showcase presented by Qualcomm! Videos will be reviewed by FIRST HQ staff and the winners announced at the Showcase. 

**Submit your video by 3 PM Eastern Time on April 10, 2020 for consideration!**

To Submit Videos:
  1. Be sure to read the criteria for the Compass and Promote Awards in Game Manual Part 1. 
  2. The file name for your video must follow the naming convention:State Abbreviation_Team#_Award Type 
    Example: NH_12345_Promote.
  3. Upload your video to your Google Drive account. If you do not have a Google Drive account, you will need to create one at https://www.google.com/drive/
  4. Once your video is uploaded to your Google Drive account, share your video withftcteams@gmail.com
    1. Right click on your video file in your Google Drive account
    2. Select “Share"
    3. Enter ftcteams@gmail.com as the address with which to share your file.
    4. Select “Done”. 
**Files not using the naming convention listed above will not be accepted. 
**Files not submitted via Google Drive will not be accepted. 
**Files that are not within the 60 second time limit will not be accepted. 
**Files submitted after ****3:00 PM EST on 04/10/2020**** will not be accepted. 
**Teams must have rights to any music used in the video and permissions must be listed in video credits.


Share your favorite moments from FIRST RISE

Now through May 2, share how your team is a Force for Change, as well as your team’s favorite moments during the FIRST RISE season, on Twitter and Instagram using #FIRSTFFC. We’ll be collecting your favorite moments, stories, monumental breakthroughs, and team accomplishments on FIRST RISE Rewind. Follow along as we compile these posts from our community around the world, honoring your hard work and achievements throughout the year. Together, we RISE.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Opportunities to Compete & New Mexico Championship Results

Rover Robotics Invitational - Registration Now Open!
Can't get enough SKYSTONE? Come compete at the Rover Robotics Invitational May 2, 2020 at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff! This event will feature FLL (City Shaper), FTC (SKYSTONE) and the new NASA Challenge ROADS on Mars! 

Registration will be open now through April 1, and is only $100 per FIRST Team! 

In addition to the robotics competitions, there will be other activities to celebrate all things Rover. Come celebrate with us! 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER 



Extra Life FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament!

San Diego is putting on a festival of robots and new challenges involving the SKYSTONE Field. Teams that are out of region can register starting now and through March 16, or until all spots are filled. The event takes place at the Del Mar Fair Grounds on April 25 & 26, 2020. Cost is $125 per team. 
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER 


Maryland Tech Invitational
The Maryland Tech Invitational is all about robots. Teams apply to the Invitational, which is 3 days at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland. Interested teams need to apply by March 23. The Invitational is June 19-21, 2020. 


New Mexico Championship Results
Congrats to all 25 teams that competed in last weekend's New Mexico Championship! 

Inspire Award: 10984, Beep Patrol


Dean's List Finalists:
Kasey (Brain Hackers)
Isabel (ENIGMA)


Winning Alliance
16265, ENIGMA
8081, Knights of the Lab Table
10523, Dragons


Finalist Alliance 
7649, Botrregos, Jr
10984, Beep Patrol
16159, HOT Squad

Think Award: 11054, Brain Hackers


Connect Award: 11298, Die Krieger


Collins Aerospace Innovate Award: 15789, Lovington RoboCats


Design Award: 14571, Marvels


Motivate Award: 16159, HOT Squad


Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 10523, Dragons


Promote Award: 14571, Marvels


Compass Award: Mr. Vasudev, Beep Patrol


Judges Award: 16845, Error 404

Saturday, March 7, 2020

New Mexico Championship Live Stream

Rover Robotics Invitational - Registration Now Open!

Can't get enough SKYSTONE? Come compete at the Rover Robotics Invitational May 2, 2020 at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff! This event will feature FLL (City Shaper), FTC (SKYSTONE) and the new NASA Challenge ROADS on Mars! 

Registration will be open now through April 1, and is only $100 per FIRST Team! 

In addition to the robotics competitions, there will be other activities to celebrate all things Rover. Come celebrate with us! 


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER 


FIRST Tech Challenge Jump Start
Is your school interested in starting another team? Do you have a feeder school or another school in your district interested in starting a team? Do you mentor a FIRST Lego League team that's ready to "graduate" to FIRST Tech Challenge? 

The FIRST Tech Challenge Jump start program is now open! Teams can register early for the 2020/2021 season and get their robot kit prior to regular registration opening in May! Jump Start is EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 15, so start recruiting those new rookie teams now! 

Find out more here.

Good luck to all the Teams competing this weekend and the NEW MEXICO FIRST TECH CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP!! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

AZ Championship Results & Rover Robotics Invitational

Arizona Championship Results
Congrats to all 48 teams that competed in last weekend's Arizona Championship! Thank you especially to the AZ Planning Committee, all the volunteers, and the CocoNuts for putting on such a rocking event! Special thanks to Ken Johnson, Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, for making the trip to Arizona to celebrate with us!

Inspire Award: 10253, Dragons

Dean's List Finalists:
Kaitlyn J. from team 12892, Juggerbots
Ella M. from 14254, Trivium Knight Lights
Brianna W. from 11529, Navajo Code Writers

Championship Winning Alliance (from Grand Canyon Division)
11212, The Clueless & 6929, Data Force & 14814, MC^2

Championship Finalist Alliance (from Saguaro Division)
16258, ROBO Raptors & 16265, ENIGMA & 10369, Robosapiens

Saguaro Division Finalists:
13968, Herberger Howlers & 12767, Catholic Master Builders & 15430, ACE Robotics

Grand Canyon Division Finalists: 
8995, Jaegers & 8081, Knights of the Lab Table & 10523, Dragons

Think Award: 7716, Knight Tech Robotics

Connect Award: 16684, Cosmic Voltage

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award: 10369, Robosapiens

Design Award: 8995, Jaegers Robotics

Motivate Award: 14584, Pioneer 327

Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table

Promote Award: 14999, Prestige Worldwide

Compass Award: Mike Comstock from team 6174, Automatons

Judges Award: 10984, Beep Patrol

Outstanding Volunteers: Zach & Lexxi (Head FTAs)


Rover Robotics Invitational - Registration Now Open!

Can't get enough SKYSTONE? Come compete at the Rover Robotics Invitational May 2, 2020 at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff! This event will feature FLL (City Shaper), FTC (SKYSTONE) and the new NASA Challenge ROADS on Mars! 

Registration will be open now through April 1, and is only $100 per FIRST Team! 

In addition to the robotics competitions, there will be other activities to celebrate all things Rover. Come celebrate with us! 


Saturday, February 22, 2020

AZ CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE STREAM!

Good luck to all the Teams competing this weekend and the ARIZONA FIRST TECH CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP!! 
Watch all the robot action here!

Thank you to the CocoNuts for providing the Live Stream...

Grand Canyon Division:

Saguaro Division:

LIVE SCORING ON THE ORANGE ALLIANCE


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

World Championship Wait List & West Valley Results

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WAIT LIST CLOSES FRIDAY!

From the FIRST Tech Challenge Blog...
How do I apply?
  • Login to your team's dashboard
  • Click on the pull down button labeled "Event Options" and select "View Team Events"
  • Click on the button labeled "Find An Event"
  • Click on the Blue Name of the Championship Event that appears
  • The event will pop open in a new window
  • Click on the button labeled "Waitlist". You will then be registered to the waitlist.
How are teams selected?
Teams are selected using a random, weighted lottery.

How does the lottery work?
Teams are weighted using the following criteria:

Receiving one lottery entry:
  • Rookie Teams
  • Teams that attended a World Championship event in April of 2019
  • Inactive Veteran teams that returned in the current season
Receiving two lottery entries:
  • Teams that were Rookie Teams in the 2018-2019 season
  • Teams that last attended the World Championship in April of 2018
  • Inactive Veteran teams that returned in the 2018-2019 season
Receiving three lottery entries:
  • Teams that were Rookie Teams in the 2017-2018 season
  • Teams that last attended the World Championship in April of 2017
  • Inactive Veteran teams that returned in the 2017-2018 season
When does the lottery close?
The lottery closes on February 14th, 2020, although teams may not be notified of their acceptance until the Regional Championship for their area has been held.

Good Luck!

West Valley Qualifier Results
Congrats to all the teams that competed! Thank you to Cat-astrophic Byte for putting on such an awesome event!

Inspire Award: 6174, Automatons
Winning Alliance: 10984, Beep Patrol & 8995, Jaegers & 16159, HOT Squad
Finalist Alliance: 14584 Pioneer 327 & 6174, Automatons & 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
Think Award: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
Connect Award: 16143, Soup or Stars
Collins Aerospace Innovate Award: 2844, Valley X
Design Award: 10369, Robosapiens
Motivate Award: 14584, Pioneer 327
Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 10984, Beep Patrol
Judges Award: 16647, Undefined

Teams Advancing to the Arizona Championship: 
6174, Automatons
10984, Beep Patrol 
16159, HOT Squad
16143, Soup or Stars
17460, Technical Terrors
16647, Undefined

Friday, February 7, 2020

Service Opportunity and West Valley Live Stream

Community Service Opportunity!
One of the Captains of the Robosapiens has organized an event with the charity organization, Feed My Starving Children.  
The event will take place on February 11th from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm.  Our building mentor, Kelly, can provide the address to teams who can come. There are 60 spots that can be filled with FTC teams who want to participate.

Lunar Legacy Invitational is Back!
Save the Date for a May 2 competition in Flagstaff! This Invitational event will feature FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and the new NASA challenge ROADS on MARS! Look for more information and application soon! 


Good luck to all the Teams competing this weekend and the West Valley Qualifying Tournament! Watch all the robot action here!

Thank you to the CocoNuts for providing the Live Stream...



Live Scoring information on the Orange Alliance can be found here! 

Good luck, have fun, and may the FORCE be with you!