Sign up for your Qualifying Tournament while there is still room.
3. Qualifying Tournaments:
Chandler (Nov. 22,2014) --- 4 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---3 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---3 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---6 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---5 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015) ---14 open slots
Open slots in Qualifying Tournaments as of
October 6, 2014.
Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.
October 7, 2014
Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.
FIRST Dean's List
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of
FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th
or 11th grade students called the
FIRST Dean's List Award.
New for this Year, FTC teams are eligible to nominate two team members for 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 for
FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment, but it is the goal of
FIRST that all Dean’s List Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners will continue on, post award, as great leaders
of the ever growing FIRST student alumni.
Read more here:
5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
Here is this week's input:
“Teams should review the sequence of events from
pre-staging for the field matches through the completion of the match. I
recommend preparing a checklist so that you don’t forget to do
something and end up causing a delay… For the pre-match
period, start out by making sure your batteries are charged, then look
at the pre-match items in the game manual. Some common errors I have
seen in the past are: Alliance Flags not mounted, the robot not turned
on, Samantha module has come unplugged, no
program or the wrong program selected… prior planning and rehearsal
before tournament day helps shake off the jitters and results in less
stress when it is your time on the field.
Keep having fun and stay Safe!
Submit Ref questions to
SGarduno@USFIRST.org and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST
We came for the robot and left a team.
every FIRST student came to the first meeting because they heard
something about robots. But the real magic of learning and FIRST lays
within the way all
those individuals become a team. The judges love to hear about a teams
origin story. We want to hear about hurdles you had and how you dealt
with them as a team. We also want to know what plans you have for the
future and what you would have done differently.
7. Donation Destination
The 2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program Sponsored by 3D Systems and Coca-Cola!
Stay tuned to the FIRST
social media channels, as we will be sharing this exciting news with the greater
FIRST Community in the coming weeks – we encourage you to then share these posts/tweets with your audiences on social media as well!
Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Web Site
Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA
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