2. Dean's List Submissions
New for this Year!
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of
most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th
grade students called the
Dean's List Award. The students who earn FIRST
Dean’s List status as either a Semi-finalist, Finalist or Winner, will
not only be great examples of current student leaders who have led their
teams and communities to increased awareness
and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is the goal of
that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders of the ever growing
student alumni. More information at the Dean's List page:
Sign up for your Qualifying Tournament while there is still room.
3. Qualifying Tournaments:
Chandler (Nov. 22,2014) --- 3 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---5 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---3 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---6 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---1 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015) ---8 open slots
Open slots in Qualifying Tournaments as of November, 2014.
Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.
October 7, 2014 Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.
5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
Here is this week's input:
“Let’s talk about controlling the white things that
roll around trying to get in your way, hitch a ride, jump into the path
or harass your robot… (yes, I’m talking about the balls)
Per the definition of “Control/Controlling” driving
through the balls is allowed and if it looks like you have a couple of
extra “hitch hikers” you will not get a penalty for controlling more
than 5 balls…
however, once you drive through, if you have picked up
some extras, you need to take action to get rid of the extras,
otherwise, the balls could be considered to be “controlled” or “guided”
and you will get a penalty,
unless it is obvious to the refs that you are trying to
take action to get rid of extra balls that get “trapped” in order to
control only 5 balls maximum. In this case the refs should give you the
benefit of doubt without assessing a penalty.
We will look for intentions of the drivers on this call.
Here is the kicker though… if you do end up with more than 5 balls that the robot has driven through,
do not attempt to score any of the balls until you get rid of
excess. If you do try to score, you are open for a Double Minor
Penalty… See rule <GS1> and FTC Forum-Games Rules and Game Play
#37 posted on 9-21-2014.
Another way to look at this is similar to question
#80 posted on 10-20-2014 re. “Balls Fall in Robot” answers A2 and A3 are
similar and applicable. In both cases the robot has more balls “jump
on” for a ride… if no action is made by the
team to dislodge the extras, and the team goes for a goal, there will
I look forward to seeing the action in a couple of
weeks and hope you all are doing well and getting ready to have some
FUN! I know I am!
Submit Ref questions to
SGarduno@USFIRST.org and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST
The PTC Design Award
The intent of the PTC Design Award is to expand the challenge, inspiring
Teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots. These
elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to
the tasks, the look and feel of the robot, and how
the design allows us to think of robots in new ways. The Design aspect
must serve a function – but they should also differentiate the robot in a
unique fashion – not an easy task with a limited set of parts and game
7. Donation Destination
Attention: Southern AZ
We now have Abbot Grants available for the
2014-2015 season! Please find the list of Abbot locations attached.
Teams in and around these areas may apply for a $1,000 re-grant from
Abbott. This funding is unrestricted and may be used for
travel and team costs. Here is the link to apply:
http://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/0cbfe043-d364-4c77-855c-df9ae539668f. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Web Site
Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA
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