Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Celebrate the Class of 2020!




Celebrate the Class of 2020!
Help us celebrate the graduating seniors of 2020! Arizona Teams - upload your pics of your seniors to this folder by Tuesday May 19. We're creating a video to celebrate the AZ FTC Class of 2020. 

Join FIRST Signing Day! Fashioned after athletes signing on to play sports for a college, FIRST Signing Day allows seniors to declare to the world where they will be attending college! FIRST Seniors from all over will be celebrated on May 20 in a FIRST broadcast. Check it out!  

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Arizona FIRST Teams Honored at Virtual Showcase!

Congratulations to all the Arizona FIRST Teams who were honored last week at the FIRST Virtual Showcase and FIRST Robotics Competition Award Shows!

FIRST Lego League - Global Innovation Award Semifinalist
The Fidgety Pokemon - Phoenix, Arizona (Project = The Dust Collar)

FIRST Tech Challenge - Dean's List Winner
Brianna Williams - Team 11529, Navajo Code Writers (St. Michael's, AZ)

FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Chairman's Award
Team 498 - Cobra Commanders, Glendale, AZ (San Diego Regional)
Team 2486 - CocoNuts, Flagstaff, AZ (Las Vegas Regional)
Team 4146 - Sabercats, Scottsdale, AZ (AZ West Regional)
Team 6352 - Launch Team, Surprise, AZ (AZ North Regional)

Arizona FIRST Robotics Competition - Regional Volunteers of the Year
Dan Kipp (posthumously) - Arizona North Regional
Damon Dunsmore - Arizona West Regional

FIRST Robotics Competition Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
Adam Shroyer - Team 498, Cobra Commanders, Glendale, AZ (AZ West)

FIRST Robotics Competition Dean's List Finalists
Christine Ardavin - Team 2403, Plasma Robotics, Mesa, AZ (AZ West)
Martin Gioannetti - Team 4183, Bit Buckets, Tucson, AZ (AZ West)
Noah Temprendola - Team 2486, CocoNuts, Flagstaff, AZ (AZ North)

Special Arizona FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Awards
Teacher of the Year
Jeremy Knutson - Team 2403, Plasma (Mesa, AZ)
Susan Lindberg - Team 4146, Sabercats (Scottsdale, AZ)

Steve Sanghi Scholarship
Brad Pollock - Team 5059, Midnight Cicadas (Globe, AZ)
Travis Zhang - Team 698, Hamilton Microbots (Chandler, AZ)

FIRST FOUNDER'S AWARD
This year FIRST Founder Dean Kamen gave the Founders Award to ALL members of the FIRST Community, in recognition of your continuing dedication to each other, your communities, and Gracious Professionalism, even though the season didn't end the way we planned. Teams and individuals can download a special certificate here. Congrats on being a FORCE FOR CHANGE!

FIRST AWARD BROADCASTS

AZ North Awards: 2 hr 21 min; AZ West Awards: 2 hr 47 min; San Diego: 2 hr 26 min; Las Vegas: 2 hr 35 min

FREE ROBOTICS WEBINARS
We are collaborating with NAU's Center for Science Teaching and Learning to offer FREE Robotics Webinars. Please see the descriptions and times, and sign up for any you're interested in attending. Please broadcast information on to schools and youth organizations that you think may be interested in starting new teams. Each webinar will be offered twice to allow for different schedules, and attendees can request PD certificates from NAU for their attendance. A flyer with all the webinars can be downloaded here. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Engage K12 in coding during COVID and beyond
Monday, May 11
2 sessions: 11 am -12 pm & 4 - 5 pm (choose the best time for you)
This 1 hour webinar gives an overview of resources to bring coding to your students homes now and into your classroom down the road. We will start with PK and move up through high school. This is designed to include something for everyone who's interested in incorporating computational thinking into their instruction.

Opportunities in FIRST Robotics for all grade levels
Thursday, May 14
2 sessions: 10 - 11 am &  4 - 5 pm (choose the best time for you)
Is your school or organization interested in starting a robotics program next year? This webinar is designed for participants interested in starting a  new robotics program. FIRST Robotics has programs for kids ages 3 to 18! Come learn about how to start teams and in-class programs for any age, and how FIRST promotes STEM learning.

Supporting your robotics community during challenging times

Monday, May 18
2 sessions: 10 - 11 am &  4 - 5 pm (choose the best time for you)
Our webinar will look into ways to support each other within our team and community. Tips to keep students engaged, and excited with the potential to support/collaborate with teams in other areas. Fun ways to challenge each other and keep us on our toes.




FIRST ANNOUNCED THE THEME FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON: GAME CHANGERS, POWERED BY STAR WARS FORCE FOR CHANGE!

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks about the new season! Keep being a Force for Change and GO TEAMS!! (Happy Star Wars Day - May the Mass x Acceleration be with you all, always!)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Stuck @ Home? Engage with FIRST!

Like much of the rest of the world, we're all getting used to a new normal. If you're missing FIRST as bad as we are and are looking for ways to engage your students that are stuck at home, there are lots of ways to continue to be involved. 

NEW: FIRST @ Home
A compilation of some of the best in remote-learning activities, many of which are put out by friends and sponsors of FIRST, this new hub for digital learning allows teams to engage in meaningful and safe ways. The FIRST @ Home Hub includes guides for parents, hands-on activities in coding, core values, engineering design, CAD, electronics and more. What a great way for your students to stay sharp while at home! Check out all the great content here!

Building Star Wars Droids Activity!
Celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) with FIRST by designing a droid! Then join FIRST and Lucasfilm droid designer Matt Denton (creator of BB8 and D-O) on May the Fourth for Galactic Builders LIVE! Download the lesson plan here!

FIRST Rise Rewind
Share how your team is a Force for Change and celebrate the FIRST Rise Season using #FIRSTFFC on social media. Then check out all the incredible awesomeness from teams around the world on FIRST Rise Rewind

FIRST Virtual Showcase
We can celebrate together even if we're still apart, and that exactly what FIRST intends to do during the FIRST Virtual Showcase. This event takes place May 2 at 10 am Eastern and will celebrate teams and the FIRST Rise season. Many awards for volunteers and teams will also be announced! Don't miss it!

We miss you all dearly and hope you're all safe and healthy. Hope to virtually "see" many of you at the Showcase! As always, May the Force be with you!

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 

ROADS on MARS Freestyle!

Looking for a cool way to engage your robotics team during quarantine and maybe win a trip to NASA? Check out the ROADS on MARS Freestyle Challenge, which features mini challenges that students can do independently but together. Registration closes April 13. 


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!