Thursday, July 23, 2020

ULTIMATE GOAL Season Information

This week, FIRST released a lot of important information about the upcoming season. Please read the following information carefully as you prepare to return to school and make plans for your team. 

Please help us plan the season by completing this survey.

We know a lot of your schools are asking questions about what FTC will look like this season. Please use these resources, and the letter from Dave and Christine, to help facilitate that conversation. As always, we are committed to providing a high-quality program that inspires youth, while maintaining safety in these challenging times. 

Letter from Dave and Christine about Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge 

Game Manual Part 1
Game Manual Part 1 - Remote Events
Remote Events FAQ
Field Purchasing Information
Coach's Playbook - 12 week timeline for managing your team from the robot to Dean's List


Ken Johnson, Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, describes the Remote event format:

KICKOFF- September 12!
We look forward to Kickoff every year, and we know you love coming together with us to celebrate the start of a new season. While we can't have everyone under the same roof this year, we are planning a Kickoff event that will provide teams with valuable information, workshops, and the opportunity to see the field in person while still maintaining social-distancing requirements. The key elements of this year's Kickoff will be: 

  • Pre-recorded workshops provided by our Planning Committee and teams
  • Live Q & A sessions with the Partners, Head Referees, Lead Judge Advisors, and FTAs via video chat
  • AND...4 statewide locations for teams to come and see the new field in person! Teams will also each receive one game element for the new season, courtesy of the CocoNuts! 
Whether your team can gather together in person, or has to be together while apart, Kickoff will be an exciting learning experience for all! Stay tuned for the schedule, the list of workshops, locations to see the field, and how to sign up for your field-viewing time slot. 

Leveraging FIRST® to Boost Your Career
Companies seek FIRST talent! It’s more important than ever to know how to leverage your FIRST experience in the workforce.
Join us on July 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time for an interactive discussion, featuring key FIRST Supporters BAE Systems, BOSCH, and Rockwell Automation, on turning your FIRST skills into career success. Whether you’re in school, searching for your first job, or have years of experience under your belt, learn about the recruiting priorities at top companies, as well as guidance to best leverage your FIRST skills. Register today!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Professional Development Opportunities for FTC

Professional Development Opportunities for FIRST Tech Challenge Coaches

We have several opportunities for you to learn and earn professional development hours coming up. 

Northern Arizona University:
Wednesday, July 29, 3PM - FIRST in Class & FIRST @ Home: Find out more about the Class Pack option for schools, which offers in-class learning through FIRST, available for grades PreK - 12. Learn more about the resources on the FIRST @ Home page to offer to students learning at home. 

Wednesday, July 29, 4:30 PM - Arizona Robotics Listening Session: We want to hear from you - what's worked connecting with your students, what is the current state of your school or district, what can we do to support you this season. 

For more information, see the flyer. To Register, click here. Sessions are free, and PD certificates are available from NAU by request. 

University of Iowa:
Offered virtually through the University of Iowa (the program delivery organization for FTC in Iowa), this series of workshops is available to all North America coaches and mentors, and will be offered all five Saturdays in August. Two times will be offered for each workshop: 8:00AM - 12:45PM  OR 1:30PM - 5:00 PM (all times are Central time, 2 hours ahead of Arizona)

August 1: New/Rookie Coaches (ideal for those who received Jump Start grants or coaches who still feel like rookies!)
August 8: Judging and the Engineering Notebook
August 15: Fundraising and Outreach
August 22: Building and Programming Resources
August 29: The Other Stuff

For more information or to register, visit their website. 

Team Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams for the 2020/2021 season! Go to and log in to your dashboard to register your team for next season. 

Class Packs
New this season, FIRST is offering in-classroom options for FIRST Lego League (grades PreK-8) and FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12). Class packs include materials for students and teachers, curriculum resources, and what you need to run an in-school event. Visit the FIRST educator resources page to find out about all that FIRST offers for schools, including professional development opportunities. The school formats are great options for schools wanting to incorporate STEM education into the regular school day, or schools that may not be able to offer after-school activities or field trips this year due to continuing restrictions because of COVID-19.