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)

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!


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

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.


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!)