Additional Qualifier - January 28, Microchip in Chandler
You may know that our January and February qualifiers are full...like, bursting at the seams beyond full! Thanks to our partnership with AZFIRST and Microchip, we are excited to announce a 9th qualifying tournament for Arizona teams. This event will take place at the Microchip facility in Chandler on January 28 (same day as the Copper event in Queen Creek).
Any teams that would like to switch into this event because the date or location is better, or to add a 3rd event to your season schedule, please email Christine AND firstname.lastname@example.org. We're hoping that by shifting up to 20 teams to this event that we can alleviate some of the strain on the larger events and at the same time open up some availability at other events.
It's pretty exciting that we have so many teams that want to play!
Microchip Technology Inc.
2355 West Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, Arizona, USA 85224
January 28, 2023
Taking Flight Event at EVIT
Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Check out Taking Flight, hosted by STEM+C! Flying contraptions, robots, and more!
Electrostatic Mitigation Reminder
As the weather gets colder and the air gets drier (and when is the air NOT dry in Arizona?), electrostatic discharge (ESD) issues could arise during practice and more crucially at your event which may affect your robot’s ability to compete at peak performance. Teams are reminded that there are several things you can do to minimize the effects of ESD on your robot, which are explained in our Managing Electrostatic Discharge Effects document on ftc-docs. You can also find additional mitigation techniques for both the robot and the Driver Station in the FIRST® Tech Challenge Robot Wiring Guide.
Pro-tip – Official Game Q&A Forum
“We’d like to remind all teams that in order to receive official answers about robot construction rules, game rules, etc., you will need to use the official Game Q&A forum. Each team has an account where they may ask questions and receive official answers. The rulings from the official Game Q&A forum are the only FTC Forum rulings that may be brought to a tournament to question a gameplay ruling or show the legality of a part.
Our community forum offers a section for teams to discuss hardware design, 3D printing, CAD, etc. This particular section of the forum is for teams to help teams, and is not in any way an official source to prove legality of parts at an actual tournament.
For more information on the forums FTC offers, please check out our Forum Blog: https://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/2022/10/forum-blog.html”