AZ First Tech Challenge

2801 Izabel St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004               928-773-8200 x 6493
Oct. 14, 2014


  1. Scrimmage Time!
  2. It's not to late to Register your team
  3. Tournament Registration
  5. Tips from Rich the "Ref"
  6. Judges Corner
  7. Donation Destination

Time to plan a scrimmage in your area.
Please let us know what you have coming up!
Contact Susan Garduno for details

2. Register your team.
Teams must be registered with FIRST prior to registering for a tournament.

Qualifying Tournaments:
Sign up for your Qualifying Tournament while there is still room.

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.

4.  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 and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST

6.Judges Corner

We came for the robot and left a team.

Almost 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.

Sample Engineering Notebook

7. Donation Destination

The 2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program Sponsored by 3D Systems and Coca-Cola!
More information and the application can be found at:
If you have any questions, please email
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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