Thursday, October 11, 2018

November Dean's List Deadline is Monday!

Rookie Grants Close October 31!
If you know a school in your area that's interested in starting a team, it's not too late to apply for a rookie grant! Please send any interested schools to the Grant page to apply. 

Pitsco Parts Giveaway
Now through March, teams can sign up to win a different Tetrix part every two weeks! Visit Pitsco's website for more information. 

November Dean's List Deadline is MONDAY!!!!
The nomination deadline is the 15th of the month PRIOR to your qualifying tournaments at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. That means we're less than two weeks away for the deadline to submit a nomination for the White Mountain and Gilbert Tournaments! The nomination deadlines are: 
  • October 15 - White Mountain & Gilbert
  • November 15 - Glendale, Tucson, Phoenix
  • December 15 - Queen Creek, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Chandler
  • January 15 - West Valley
For more information on the Dean's List, please visit the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean's List page. 

RSVP for Meet the Field Day
Arizona Meet the Field Days are all on November 3, 2018 at numerous locations around the state. Teams can sign up for Arizona Meet the Field Day by clicking here and filling out the brief RSVP form. 

Alamogordo's Meet the Field Day will be on October 14 from 11 am to 3 pm. Contact Christina Leon for more information.

Albuquerque's Griffin Robotics team will host numerous Meet the Field Dates from late October through next semester at Nex+Gen Academy. Contact Ford Davis for more information.

Qualifying Tournament Registration
Teams may now register for any available spots, regardless of how many events they are confirmed for. There are still plenty of spots available in New Mexico! Next week, any remaining spots will be available to out of region teams on a case by case basis. 

Individual team invoices have been sent to all teams registered and confirmed for tournaments. Please contact us ASAP if your team did not receive your invoice for your events. Payment for all events is due November 16, 2018. Teams that fail to meet the payment deadline may be dropped from their events. 

EVENT LIST
White Mountain Qualifying Tournament – November 10, 2018

Mogollon High School Performing Arts Center, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Rd. Heber, AZ 85928


Gilbert Qualifying Tournament – November 17, 2018
Gilbert Christian High School, 3632 E. Jasper Ln. , Gilbert, AZ 85296


Glendale Qualifying Tournament - December 1, 2018
Cactus High School, 6330 W. Greenway Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306


Tucson Qualifying Tournament - December 8, 2018
San Miguel High School, 6601 S. San Fernando Rd. Tucson, AZ 85756


Phoenix Qualifying Tournament - December 15, 2018
Bioscience High School, 512 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ 85004


Queen Creek Qualifying Tournament – January 12, 2019
American Leadership Academy Ironwood Campus, 850 W. Combs Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85140


Alamogordo Qualifying Tournament – January 12, 2019
Alamogordo High School, 103 Cuba Ave, Alamogordo, NM 88310


Albuquerque Qualifying Tournament - January 26, 2019
Nex+Gen Academy, 5325 Montgomery Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87109


Chandler Qualifying Tournament - January 26, 2019
Valley Christian High School, 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler, AZ 85226


West Valley Qualifying Tournament - February 9, 2019
Canyon View High School, 6024 N. Perryville Rd., Waddell, AZ 85355



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Meet the Field Day and Dean's List

IMPORTANT! MAJOR RULE CHANGE ANNOUNCED!
Be sure to pay attention to these and all rules as you design your robot and strategy. 

FIRST Tech Challenge Dean's List
The FIRST Dean's List is a way to recognize outstanding student leaders on FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Each team may nominate up to two students who are in 10th or 11th grade for the FIRST Dean's List. 

The nomination deadline is the 15th of the month PRIOR to your qualifying tournaments at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. That means we're less than two weeks away for the deadline to submit a nomination for the White Mountain and Gilbert Tournaments! The nomination deadlines are: 
  • October 15 - White Mountain & Gilbert
  • November 15 - Glendale, Tucson, Phoenix
  • December 15 - Queen Creek, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Chandler
  • January 15 - West Valley
The nominees become Dean's List Semi-Finalists. All nominees are interviewed in person at the qualifying tournament selected when the nomination is made by at least 2 judges. Semi-finalists are recognized during the closing ceremonies at the qualifiers, but no announcement of Finalists are made at the qualifiers. 

The notes from the interviews and nomination essays for all the Semi-Finalists from all the Qualifying Tournaments are passed to a selection committee. The Finalists are selected from the entire pool of Semi-Finalists, and announced at the Arizona & New Mexico Championship in February. 

For more information on the Dean's List, please visit the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean's List page. 

Meet the Field Day
With just over a month until our first events, it's time to Meet the Field! This is an opportunity for teams to practice on a full field, network with other teams, get help with build and programming and calibrate programs. 

Arizona Meet the Field Days are all on November 3, 2018 at numerous locations around the state. Teams can sign up for Arizona Meet the Field Day by clicking here and filling out the brief RSVP form. 

Alamogordo's Meet the Field Day will be on October 14 from 11 am to 3 pm. Contact Christina Leon for more information.

Albuquerque's Griffin Robotics team will host numerous Meet the Field Dates from late October through next semester at Nex+Gen Academy. Contact Ford Davis for more information.

Qualifying Tournament Registration
Currently there are 94 Arizona and New Mexico teams registered for qualifying tournaments! Spots are filling up fast - we have only 2 spots left at White Mountain, 1 at Queen Creek, 7 at Albuquerque, and 7 at Alamogordo. Teams may now register for any available spots, regardless of how many events they are confirmed for. The week of October 17, any remaining spots will be available to out of region teams on a case by case basis. 

Individual team invoices will be sent out starting Monday, October 8. Payment for all events is due November 16, 2018. Teams that fail to meet the payment deadline may be dropped from their events. 


Friday, September 28, 2018

Tournaments are filling up FAST!

It looks like everyone is Ready to Ruckus, because the qualifying tournaments are filling FAST!!! 
As of 11:30 am on Friday, there are only 5 spots left in Arizona Qualifying Tournaments!  

There's still plenty of room to compete in New Mexico! Please be aware that if a tournament does not reach a minimum of 12 teams competing, we may be forced to cancel the event. 

If your team is only signed up for 1 or 2 events and you'd like another play, please consider registering for the White Mountain or Queen Creek events ASAP before they also are full. Hey New Mexico teams, we're offering you the chance to play twice without needing to go out of state - please take advantage of this opportunity! 

We will also allow out of region teams to register for our qualifying tournaments starting in mid-October. Any spots not claimed by Arizona or New Mexico teams may be taken by an out of region team. 

Open registration will start on October 6, where teams can take any available spot regardless of how many events they are registered for. Please keep in mind that FIRST Tech Challenge rules state that teams may only advance or win judged awards from their first three events. Teams are welcome to play in more than 3 events with the understanding that they do so for fun and the experience, not to win awards. Teams may still be on the Winning or Finalist alliances at events after their 3rd. 

Many events now have wait lists. Teams are welcome to join the wait lists by filling out the registration form for an event. Movement off the wait list may not happen until the week prior to the tournament, so watch your email! 

There are only a few reasons that we will allow teams to drop out of an event without penalty. A cancellation policy will be included in your invoice and will be posted here. 

Teams will be sent a personalized invoice the week of October 8. In the meantime, if you need to start a PO for your events, please make them out to: 

Coconino High School Robotics
2801 N. Izabel St. 
Flagstaff, AZ 86004


White Mountain Robotics Conference
What are YOU doing October 27? Consider coming to the 1st Annual White Mountain Robotics Conference, hosted by the Juggerbots and the Jaegers! Hands on workshops, 3D printing, and more to be had...and it's free! Click the link to the right under Team Resources to find out more and to register. 


Saturday, September 22, 2018

3rd Event Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for 3rd Events
Starting today, teams may now sign up for their 3rd qualifying tournament.

Please be sure to check the list to the right for updates on tournament capacities. Phoenix and Tucson are full already. 

If you'd like to be added to the wait list for a full event, fill out the registration form. It's highly recommended that teams take available spots first rather than joining a wait list. The wait lists will be prioritized based on when a team was added. 

Don't wait until the season starts to register for your events. If you want to play 2 or 3 times, register for those events now before they fill up! It's highly unlikely that there will be many (if any!) open spots available by the time the season gets underway. 

Teams will be sent a personalized invoice the week of October 7, and payment is due mid November for the season. 


FREE Stress Reduction Prints
Valley X and Plus 3 Robotics are offering free 3D printed stress reduction clips for the REV Expansion Hubs. The link to request yours is to the right under Team Resources. This offer is available to all Arizona and New Mexico teams. Thank you for your generosity!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kickoff Flashbacks, Programming & Tournament Registration


Qualifying Tournament Registration
Over 80 Arizona and New Mexico teams have already registered for at least one qualifying tournament! Help us reach our goal of 100 teams competing in our region this season by registering for your events! 

  • Teams can register for up to two events through Friday. 
  • Starting on Sat. September 22 teams can select a 3rd event. 
  • After October 5, teams may register for any available event. 
  • After mid October, out of region teams may register for available tournament spots on a case-by-case basis. 

If you haven't registered for your 1st two events, please do so ASAP!!! The Phoenix tournament is already full, and there are six other events with 10 or fewer spots available! Don't plan on waiting until the season is underway to register for additional events - we expect many to fill in the next week!


Control System Tips from Head FTA Eric!
FTC has recently provided an update for the new Control System software version 4.0 for the 2018-2019 season. We highly recommend that you download this update as it contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes. 

You can your install Version 4.0 of the Driver Station app and Robot Controller app by going to the Google Play Store. 

The update contains 1) support for UVC cameras, 2) 5GHz wireless channel changing (Moto G5 and E4 phones), 3) improved REV Expansion Hub firmware update support, 4) Robot resiliency and auto reset, 5) Vuforia Vision Processing updates for this season, 6) improvements in BlocksProgramming along with many other updates.


Programmers using Android Studio must also down load the FTC 4.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) at this web site.

Happy Programming!


And...just in case you're reminiscing about Kickoff...


Thursday, September 13, 2018

2nd Event Registration Now Open!

A HUGE Thank You to everyone who attended at last weekend's Arizona and New Mexico Kickoffs!!!


2nd Event Registration is now Open!

Teams may now sign up for a 2nd event for the Rover Ruckus season! A few things to keep in mind:
  • Please only register for one additional event if you're in one already. 
  • Teams that accidentally register for more than 2 events will be asked their top choices and be deleted from the additional events. 
  • Teams can sign up for a 3rd event starting on September 22. 
  • Emails will be sent to teams within a couple of days confirming your spot in a tournament. 
  • Invoices will be sent to teams in early October. 
  • Be sure to check the status of the tournament capacities on the list to the right. This is updated 2-3 times per day. 
Kickoff Workshops
We can't express our gratitude enough to the teams that presented at the Arizona and New Mexico Kickoff events last weekend! Thank you to the Gear Masters, Zia Robotics, Griffin Robotics, Brain Hackers, CocoNuts, MechaHawks, Jaegers, Beep Patrol, Knights of the Lab Table, Dragons, Team Viper, Valley X, and the Juggerbots!!! Thank you also to the Arizona & New Mexico Planning Committee members and our awesome venues Arizona State University and Nex+Gen Academy! 

PDFs of many of the workshops that were presented at Kickoff are available to the right for download. 

Electrostatic Discharge
Tom Eng (head engineer for FIRST Tech Challenge) wrote an awesome article on ways to mitigate electrostatic discharge on your robots. Please read the article here (and posted to the right) as you plan your robot design. Special thanks to the teams that helped out with the ESD testing in August: Valley X, Dragons, Knights of the Lab Table and Beep Patrol! 

Enter to Win a Game Set!
FIRST Tech Challenge is giving away Rover Ruckus game sets!! Click this link (or go to Quick Links) to learn more!!!


Friday, September 7, 2018

T-10 hours till Rover Ruckus!!!

We can't wait to see you all soon at the Rover Ruckus Kickoff on Saturday!!!

Don't forget to register and pay for your season with FIRST, RSVP for Kickoff, and Register for your 1st qualifying tournament. Some events are over half full already!

New Mexico Kickoff
New Mexico Kickoff will be at Nex+Gen Academy in Albuquerque. See the last blog post for the address. Check out the amazing schedule of workshops here!

9:00 - Doors open
9:30 - Welcome remarks and season overview (Jim Jackson and Ford Davis)
10:00 - Rover Ruckus game reveal!!!!
10:30 - Game key points
10:45 - Field available for measurements
11:00 - Best practices throw down & share out
11:45 - Potluck lunch
12:30 - Rover Ruckus Analysis & Sharing
1:00 - 4:00 Workshops

4:00 - Extended work time for teams in assigned spaces

Arizona Kickoff
Please see the blog post from Monday for directions to parking. The AZ Kickoff is upstairs in the Arizona Ballroom of the ASU Memorial Union. Please plan to arrive in the ballroom no later than 8:30 am so don't miss anything. 

If you plan to have your team work with the CocoNuts during the configuration help time, please be sure to label everything with your team number (tools, kit, parts, phones, computers.) If you're a rookie team and would like assistance getting a basic robot together, please bring your kit and some basic tools. Teams are also welcome to bring robots from previous seasons and work on new programs on the Rover Ruckus field. 

Lunch is on your own. There are numerous vendors in the Memorial Union, or plan to bring or get lunches for your team. 

There are so many amazing workshops being offered! A good strategy is to split your team up into small groups to attend each of the workshops and share what you've learned at your next team meeting. 

Can't make it to our Kickoff at ASU? Watch the webcast here - it's going to be out of this world!


HAPPY ROVER RUCKUS TO ONE AND ALL!!!! GO TEAMS!!!


November Dean's List Deadline is Monday!

Rookie Grants Close October 31! If you know a school in your area that's interested in starting a team, it's not too late to apply ...