Arizona & New Mexico Championship Results

Arizona & New Mexico Championship Results Congrats to all 48 teams that competed at last weekend's Championship, and a huge thank...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Save the Date - 2019/2019 KICKOFF!

KICKOFF IS COMING!!!!

GET FIRED UP FOR THE 2019/2020 FIRST TECH CHALLENGE "SKYSTONE" SEASON!!!

The 2019/2020 FIRST games are powered by STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE and all fall under the theme FIRST RISE 2020! Check out more information here!

Save the Date: Skystone Season KICKOFF - September 7, 2019
Once again, we will offer a live game reveal and a variety of workshops for teams and coaches at the Arizona Kickoff at Arizona State University (Tempe) and New Mexico Kickoff at Nex+Gen Academy (Albuquerque). Look for more details in mid-August! 

If your team is interested in hosting a kickoff workshop, please contact us: Arizona OR New Mexico. Please include your workshop title and a brief description of what topics would be covered. We're looking for both technical and non-technical topics. 

Rookie Team Grants Now Available! 
Does your school want to start a 2nd team? Do you want to expand participation to other schools in your district? Maybe reach out to a community organization or non-profit to start a team? Rookie Grant Applications are NOW OPEN! Send potential coaches and schools here to learn more and apply.

Your team could win a competition kit! 
Complete your team's 2019/2020 season registration by June 21, 2019 and be entered to win a REV or Tetrix kit for your team! Check out more details on the sweepstakes and register your team here. 


Only a Few Spots Left for the Lunar Legacy Invitational
Teams can now apply to compete at the Lunar Legacy Invitational at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ July 19-20, 2019. 

The three events are FIRST Lego League (Into Orbit), FIRST Tech Challenge (Rover Ruckus) and NASA's Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge "ANGLeS." 

Cost will be $250 per team. The $250 includes travel and field trips for 8 members. Additional members above the 8 are $15 each. NAU will handle registration and payment with teams once they are accepted. 

Teams will be notified of their acceptance status to the Invitational within a couple of days. Acceptance will be based on the quality of applications received and the capacity for each program, which is projected to be around 36 teams each. We have a lot of interest from teams outside of AZ and NM and even international teams! 

Teams will get to compete in their chosen program over the course of the two days, as well as attend presentations and professional development opportunities. Teams will also get to tour historic sites in Flagstaff that contributed to the Apollo Moon Missions, including Lowell Observatory and the Cinder Fields where the Apollo astronauts were trained. 

For more information and to apply to the Invitational, please visit the event web page.
Apply today! 


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Lunar Legacy Application Deadline Extended - Apply by May 22

CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT SEASON??? 
The teaser video for the 2019/2020 FIRST Season 
"FIRST RISE Powered by Star Wars Force for Change" 
is now live! Check it out here!

Lunar Legacy Invitational Applications CLOSE MAY 22 (deadline extended)
Teams can now apply to compete at the Lunar Legacy Invitational at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ July 19-20, 2019. 

The three events are FIRST Lego League (Into Orbit), FIRST Tech Challenge (Rover Ruckus) and NASA's Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge "ANGLeS." 

Cost will be $250 per team. The $250 includes travel and field trips for 8 members. Additional members above the 8 are $15 each. NAU will handle registration and payment with teams once they are accepted. 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 22. Once applications close, teams will be notified of their acceptance status to the Invitational within a couple of days. Acceptance will be based on the quality of applications received and the capacity for each program, which is projected to be around 36 teams each. We have a lot of interest from teams outside of AZ and NM and even international teams! 

Teams will get to compete in their chosen program over the course of the two days, as well as attend presentations and professional development opportunities. Teams will also get to tour historic sites in Flagstaff that contributed to the Apollo Moon Missions, including Lowell Observatory and the Cinder Fields where the Apollo astronauts were trained. 

For more information and to apply to the Invitational, please visit the event web page.
Apply today! 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lunar Legacy Invitational Applications Now Open

CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT SEASON??? 
The teaser video for the 2019/2020 FIRST Season 
"FIRST RISE Powered by Star Wars Force for Change" 
is now live! Check it out here!

Lunar Legacy Invitational Applications are Now Open!
Teams can now apply to compete at the Lunar Legacy Invitational at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ July 19-20, 2019. 

The three events are FIRST Lego League (Into Orbit), FIRST Tech Challenge (Rover Ruckus) and NASA's Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge "ANGLeS." 

Cost will be $250 per team. NAU will handle registration and payment with teams once they are accepted. 

Applications will be open for at least 3 weeks. Once applications close, teams will be notified of their acceptance status to the Invitational. Acceptance will be based on the quality of applications received and the capacity for each program, which is projected to be around 36 teams each. 

Teams will get to compete in their chosen program over the course of the two days, as well as attend presentations and professional development opportunities. Teams will also get to tour historic sites in Flagstaff that contributed to the Apollo Moon Missions, including Lowell Observatory and the Cinder Fields where the Apollo astronauts were trained. 

For more information and to apply to the Invitational, please visit the event web page.
Applications will be open until May 15 so don't wait! Apply today! 


Two Events in New Mexico
On Saturday, May 4, FTC Team Enigma (16265), one of our rookie jump start teams, is hosting  an FTC Orientation and Recruiting Event at Nex+Gen Academy in Albuquerque from 9 AM to 11 AM.  Doors open at 8:30 AM.  It would be great if some teams could bring their Rover Ruckus robots to this event.  A huge thanks to Enigma for setting this up and to Nex+Gen Academy and Griffin Robotics for the use of their school! A flyer is attached with all the needed info.

On Sunday May 5, FRC Team Zia Robotics (6974) and The Brain Hackers Association have organized a FIRST Robotics Day at the Natural History Museum in Albuquerque from 11 AM to 3 PM.  We plan to have 2-4 FRC teams and their robots present and a number of FTC teams.  We are also working on getting FLL represented at the event.

Please contact Jim Jackson directly if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Congrats to Houston Championship Teams
Congrats to the teams that played in AZ and NM that went on to compete in last week's FIRST Championship Houston: Data Force, Rise of Hephaestus, Herberger Javelinas, Knights of the Lab Table, Catholic Master Builders, and Gear Masters. 

Rise of Hephaestus were chosen for the 3rd seeded alliance on the Franklin field and competed in the playoffs!

Data Force were captains of the Finalist Alliance on the Jemison field and won the Design Award!

Congrats to all the teams that competed at World Championship! 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Summer Opportunities & Jump Start

We hope everyone enjoyed Rover Ruckus as much as we did! Thank you all for your energy, time, dedication to FIRST and your communities! We have many more opportunities for fun and robots coming up this summer. Please read below for more information and check the list under Quick Links for other events. 

LUNAR LEGACY INVITATIONAL
The Lunar Legacy Invitational will take place July 19-20, 2019 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, exactly 50 years to the day after the Apollo 11 Moon Landing! The Invitational will feature three robotics programs simultaneously: FIRST Lego League's "Into Orbit," FIRST Tech Challenge's "Rover Ruckus," and the NASA's Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge "ANGLeS." 

We're working on pricing and registration for the event, and expect to have that active in the next week or so. 

To participate in ANGLeS, organizations must register by Friday. The top team from the Arizona event receives a trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston! The ANGLeS Challenge is an amazing opportunity for schools who don't have a robotics team yet to get involved - many of you may have schools in your area that have thought about it but are hesitant to jump in...this is a great chance! 

Please visit the AZ HUB WEBSITE to register a team and the ANGLeS website for more information. You can also CONTACT SEAN RYAN at NAU if you have questions. Links to the website, a brochure and letter you can print and distribute are available on the links list to the right. 


CAL GAMES 2019
San Diego FIRST Tech Challenge is once again extending an invitation to Arizona & New Mexico teams to compete in the CalGames in San Diego. The Games includes another chance to compete with your Rover Ruckus robot, please additional challenges! 

The CalGames are July 12-14, 2019. Check out their website here to apply.


FIRST Tech Challenge & FIRST Lego League Jump Start
Jump Start grants are available for rookie FIRST Lego League & FIRST Tech Challenge teams until Friday, April 15! Teams can register now, get their robot kit 4 months prior to kickoff, and get their team registration fee waived for next year. If you have another school in your area interested in getting involved in FIRST, now's a great opportunity! Check out the FLL Jump Start and FTC Jump Start pages for more information. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arizona & New Mexico Championship Results

Arizona & New Mexico Championship Results
Congrats to all 48 teams that competed at last weekend's Championship, and a huge thank you to the CocoNuts and the army of volunteers that put on an amazing event! Thank you to all our qualifying tournament directors, teams, coaches, mentors, and volunteers for an incredible Rover Ruckus season. 

Inspire Award: 4216, Rise of Hephaestus

Outstanding Volunteers: Wade Batson & Brother Jack Henderson

Dean's List Finalists: Bradley Pollock (14814, Midnight Cicadas), Carina Anastasio (12724, BioHazard Robotics Detail), Miles Gregg (6929, Data Force)

Championship Winning Alliance (from Grand Canyon Division): 6929, Data Force & 12767, Catholic Master Builders & 10111, Herberger Javelinas 

Championship Finalist Alliance (from Enchantment Division): 3666, Hawks Robotics & 4216, Rise of Hephaestus & 2844, Valley X

Grand Canyon Division Finalist Alliance: 12724, BioHazard Robotics Detail & 12568, Vibrant Robotics & 13309, ISTA botCatz

Enchantment Division Finalist Alliance: 6174, Automatons & 8995, Jaegers Robotics & 10984, Beep Patrol

Think Award: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table

Connect Award: 7649, Bottregos 

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award: 12604, Tiger Blue

Design Award: 12568, Vibrant Robotics

Motivate Award: 15430, ACE Robotics

Control Award: 10984, Beep Patrol

Promote Award: 12568, Vibrant Robotics

Compass Award: Matt Nilsen, 4216, Rise of Hephaestus

Judges Award (Enchantment): 2944, TREX

Judges Award (Grand Canyon): 12241, Paragon Panthers

Gracious Professionalism Award (Presented by CocoNuts): 7582, Griffin Eagles

Team Spirit Award (Presented by CocoNuts): 12241, Paragon Panthers

Teams Advancing to the FIRST World Championship: 
15430, ACE Robotics
12767, Catholic Master Builders
10111, Herberger Javelinas
8081, Knights of the Lab Table

Teams that competed and previously advanced to the FIRST World Championship: 
4216, Rise of Hephaestus
6929, Data Force

Friday, March 22, 2019

AZ & NM Championship Live Streams!

Arizona and New Mexico Championship Live Stream!!!

Good luck to all the teams competing tomorrow at the Championship!!! Four teams will advance to the FIRST World Championship...who will it be? Find out by tuning in to the live streams and cheering your teams on! 





Thursday, February 28, 2019

Opportunities to Learn & Compete

There are lots of events coming up before and after World Championship, more opportunities to compete with this year's robot, and chances for coaches and students to travel to conferences. These events are in chronological order. Read on! 


Space Station Downlink Call at Coconino High School
Coconino High School, home of the CocoNuts, in collaboration with Lowell Observatory has been selected to host a NASA Downlink and talk LIVE to the International Space Station next week! You can tune in for free on NASA TV and watch students from Flagstaff schools get their questions answered by astronaut Anne McClain as she orbits in the Space Station. 

Date: March 6, 2019
Time: 11:25 am - 11:45 am Arizona Time
NASA TV Link


FIRST Tech Challenge Skirmish
Looking for a chance to practice before the Championship? Are you refereeing and need some extra field time? Head over to the Dragon's Lair for a Skirmish! 

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Where: American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School Cafeteria
23908 S. Hawes Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Contact: Please contact David Doig directly if your team would like to participate. 


Sierra Nevada Robotics Showcase
March 16, 2019
Carson City Nevada
Cost: $100 for FIRST Tech Challenge Teams, $25 for FIRST Lego League Teams
Limited to the 1st 25 teams from each program to register - See the flyer for more information.


FIRST National Advocacy Conference
June 23-25, 2019
Washington, DC
FIRST Teams are invited to come and learn how to advocate for STEM education and FIRST and meet with their congressmen in person. 
Register by April 1 and get a game piece signed by Dean & Woodie!


Maryland Tech Invitational
June 29-30, 2019
John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
Teams are invited via an application process. Applications are due March 23. See the MTI website for more details


Air Force Leadership Training for FIRST Mentors
July 14-18, 2019
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH
Applications due May 10, 2019

This all-expenses-paid experience is excellent! Christine went last year and highly recommends it!!!


Lunar Legacy Invitational
July 19 & 20, 2019 
Northern Arizona University Fieldhouse, Flagstaff, AZ

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing by testing your robot where NASA tested theirs! This 2-day invitational event will feature three robotics events: FIRST Lego League "Into Orbit", FIRST Tech Challenge "Rover Ruckus," and the "Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge "ANGLeS" (a drone & robotics challenge designed to replicate the lunar landing). 

FIRST teams are encouraged to start ANGLeS teams and bring them to compete in Flagstaff...what a great way to get new students interested in robotics! 

In addition to competing, teams will tour Lowell Observatory and visit the sites in Flagstaff where NASA tested the Apollo lunar rover and trained astronauts to go to the Moon! Teams will also have the option of staying in the dorms on the NAU campus. 

This event will be opened to robotics teams from all over the country! We're working out pricing and registration details and will get more information out to you all soon.