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) ---7 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---7 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---13 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---10 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015) ---18 open slots
Open slots in Qualifying Tournaments as of September 29, 2014.
Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.
October 7, 2014 Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.
We have lots of great new resources for your rookie teams. Check out the following page:
find basic guides to build a simple TETRIX or MATRIX pushbot, live team
training schedule, team registration (TIMS) guides and more. Bookmark
5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
I hope your teams are
progressing well. As you work on your designs, don’t forget to pay
attention to Robot Rules <RG04>, <RG05> and <RG07>
found in Game Manual Part 1.
These are a few of the key rules that refs will be looking at when you place your robots on the field.
With <RG04>, proper sizing also includes any use of “Alignment
Jigs”. Jigs must be self contained as part of the robot and fit into
the 18 in. cube dimension.
For <RG05> and <RG06> it helps to just print out an extra
page from the game manual and cut out the “Warning” and the “Power”
labels and affix them to your robot. These are more easy for inspectors
and refs to recognize and make for smoother flow as the teams prepare
to compete in the field.
Best wishes as you move forward into the season!
Submit Ref questions to SGarduno@USFIRST.org and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST
6.Judges Corner Are you ready for your 15 minutes of fame?
presentation is your chance to shine as a team. This will be the only
time that you have one on one uninterrupted time with the judges to
discuss your robot, interesting stories about your journey as a team,
community outreach, and anything else that sets you apart from the
competition. A script is not necessary if that is not how your team
functions best, but it is a good idea to have a list
of points that you would like to make sure the judges hear.
7. Donation Destination
Did you know that FIRST has a Fundraising "Toolkit"
- aps/phoenix suns stem mini-grants
Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Web Site
Arizona FTC Web Site
Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA
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