Welcome to the Pennsylvania
FIRST Tech Challenge!
FIRST Tech Challenge is an amazing robotics program for middle and high school students. Experience the power, excitement and fun of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on, minds-on activities - all with robots!
- PTC offers free Product Development Software to all FIRST teams - PTC software will enable collaboration, increase efficiency, and enhance accuracy during your team’s Robot Design Process. To help get your team started, PTC runs a weekly webinar series called Robotalk. Robotalk gives an in-depth introduction to PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad, and PTC Windchill. Webinar replays are available on the PTC FIRST Community Site. For more information on software offerings, grant sponsorships, online training and hands-on workshops, please visit: www.ptc.com/go/first<http://www.ptc.com/go/first.
- Autodesk - To make it easier for teams to design the next great robot, FIRST has partnered
with Autodesk, to provide Autodesk® Design Academy 2014 software licenses to schools who have a FIRST program. The Autodesk grant
program is designed to help inspire students to develop a lifelong love for
design and prepare them for successful careers. The software will be available
free to schools that have an active and registered FIRST team for the 2013/2014
competition year. The grant provides access to Autodesk software that can be
used to support extracurricular competition programs as well as in classroom
use. Teachers can apply for an Autodesk software grant on behalf of their school by
completing a simple grant request form or to learn
more about the Autodesk grant program read the Autodesk Grant Resource Guide.
To see additional resources available to FIRST teams visit http://www.autodesk.com/first. Students
and faculty can also download free Autodesk software for their personal
computers at Autodesk’s Education Community.
- Let us know know are we doing - Enjoy an event? Do you see areas where we can improve? Let us know what you thought of your FTC Event experience by taking the FTC Event Satisfaction Survey. This survey will take less than 5 minutes of your time and your feedback will help us improve the FTC Event experience in the future. You can take the survey on SurveyMonkey.
- ROBOTC is excited to announce the FTC BLOCK PARTY! Competition for Robot Virtual Worlds. There will be prizes give at the end to the students with the highest scores. Check out the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy blog for all the details: http://www.robotics-academy.org/blog/2013/11/20/rvw_ftc_cs2n/.
- FLL to FTC Graduation Grants - There are fewer than 20 FLL to FTC Graduation Grants remaining. Visit www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/grow
to see if you or someone you know qualifies!
- STIMS – for students
under 13 - STIMS will not accept students in the system under the age of 13 years. Students under the age of 13 will need to complete a paper copy of the Consent
and Release form. Team mentors will need to
provide any paper copy forms, along with their team rosters, at the event(s)
they attend. Mentors can write-in any names of
students or mentors submitting a paper copy on their printed team roster. This information has
been updated on the “What is STIMS” page on the FIRST website (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/stims).
- Promote your team! - Is your team on facebook or does it have a website? Share it on the 2013-2014 Teams page!