Thursday, August 18, 2022

Welcome back to the new school year! Are YOU ready to ENERGIZE????


Arizona Kickoff, September 10, 2022 at the ASU Memorial Union! 
Kickoff will feature the Power Play game reveal and numerous workshops for students and mentors to get your team ready for the new season! Doors will open at 7:30 AM with the game reveal at 9:00 AM and workshops right after. 

We are looking for teams to host 30-minute and 60-minute workshops on technical and non-technical topics. 

Please fill out the KICKOFF RSVP form letting us know your plans for Kickoff and if your team plans to host a workshop. DEADLINE for signing up to host a workshop is August 31.

Tool & Spare Part Drive at Kickoff!
Are you interested in helping out other teams? Is your workshop to cluttered with old tools and parts? We will be having a tool and parts drive at the FTC kickoff. Please bring any tools or parts that you no longer need. Thank you for your help.

Dear Arizona FIRST® Tech Challenge Community, 

We are excited about the upcoming 2022-2023 season, FIRST® ENERGIZESM presented by Qualcomm, and the FIRST Tech Challenge game, POWERPLAYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies.  Unfortunately, the REV Robotics Control Hub, a core component of the reusable FIRST Tech Challenge robot kit, is currently unavailable due to ongoing global supply chain disruptions. All efforts are being made to have Control Hubs in stock in time for kickoff in September. 

In the meantime, we are asking our existing teams to help rookie teams get started by sharing spare Control Hubs and/or Expansion Hubs with Android Phones.  Many teams have spare equipment or Expansion Hubs that they have replaced with Control Hubs.  If you can help “share the spare,” please reach out to your local and submit the form for Arizona.

Arizona Qualifying Tournaments
We anticipate running 8 qualifying tournaments in Arizona this year from November through early February, with the Arizona Championship in late February. We currently have 4 of the 8 events confirmed with schools and will post the schedule and open registration before Kickoff. Similar to last year, we will use a flat fee structure for competing in 2 or 3 events. We highly encourage every team to compete at least twice to maximize your season and your team's growth, learning, and fun! 

We're hoping to open tournament registration about 1 week prior to Kickoff. Stay tuned for the schedule and how to register. 

Grants Available
The FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants are now available, as well as grants for veteran teams through Boeing and Raytheon if your team has mentors from these companies. Check the grants page here and be sure to check back as the season get started for more funding opportunities. 

FTC Blog - Rules updates
Did you know that Game Manual Part 1 is already out? The most recent FIRST Tech Challenge Blog post outlines several rule changes for the upcoming season. These changes include rankings, electrical and mechanical, inspection, and team rules that are updated for the 2022-2023 season. Please be sure to Read the Blog here and read Game Manual Part 1 for the full set of competition rules. Game Manual Part 2 will have the game specific rules and will be available after the game is revealed on September 10. 

Updated Resources for Teams

Free SolidWorks License for FIRST Teams 
New this season! All FIRST Teams can receive a free license for the SolidWorks 3D modeling software! Check out the SolidWorks Robotics site to apply for yours!