AZ First Tech Challenge

2801 Izabel St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004               928-773-8200 x 6493
Sept. 23, 2014


  1. Demo opportunity!
  2. It's not to late to Register your team
  3. Tournament Registration
  4. Resources for  rookie teams
  5. Tips from Rich the "Ref"
  6. Judges Corner
  7. Donation Destination


1. Cocopah Middle school is looking for robots to demo for their Evening Under the Stars Earth and Space STEAM Night on Friday November 21

Looking for teams from FRC, FTC and FLL to go to the Scottsdale school,

This is what are trying to do
I would recommend the 6 -30 minute presentations.
2-FRC High School Robotics teams, describe and demo their full size robots
2-FTC High School Robotics teams, describe and demo their smaller carry-able robots
2-FLL Grade school Robotics teams, describe and demo their Lego built table top size robots

2. Register your team.

Teams must be registered with FIRST prior to registering for a tournament.

Register your team today!!!

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

Chandler (Nov. 22,2014)  --- 6 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---8 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---12 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---16 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---14 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015)  ---19 open slots

Open slots in
Qualifying Tournaments as of September 22, 2014.

Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.

October 7, 2014
Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.

4.     We have lots of great new resources for your rookie teams. Check out the following page:

You’ll find basic guides to build a simple TETRIX or MATRIX pushbot, live team training schedule, team registration (TIMS) guides and more. Bookmark this page!


5. Tips from "Ref" Rich

If you have not checked out the FTC Forum you are missing out on some great postings.


Check this FTC Forum often during the season.  The Game Rules and Game Play Forum is a valuable resource for clarity on issues affecting the field play.  Along with the Forum, make sure you are reading through the game manual.    Several questions posted are clearly covered in the game manual.


Posts of note for this week touch on:

-        Rolling Goals and Tubes (ie. Balls in the tubes and on the rolling goal are not counted in the 5 ball control rule, several posts concern tube contact/support.)  See Post #5, 17, & 23 for good info.

-        Kickstands are addressed in several posts, but #3 is very clear…

Here is the Forum link:

Submit Ref questions to and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST

6.Judges Corner

If your team would like to be competitive for a Judged Award please pay close attention to the game manual. Today I would like to focus on the Engineering Notebook, several awards require them. And frequently the final decision of recognition is based on the completeness and quality of information provided within the notebook.

Sample Engineering Notebook

7. Donation Destination

Apply for every grant you can find!!

APS Grant

aps - aps/phoenix suns stem mini-grants

STEM Superheroes

STEM Superhero Awards | Super Bowl


Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge  Web Site

Arizona FTC Web Site

Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA

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