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Block Party! PA FTC Kick-Off Events

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!

East Super-Regional Championship Tournament


72 teams from Maine through Virginia will compete in the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. It will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania - see http://www.ftceast.org for complete details.  

We are honored to host the East Super-Regional in its inaugural year in Pennsylvania.  The success of the Pennsylvania FTC program is due to the great support from our volunteers and teams in Pennsylvania and our neighbors in New Jersey and Delaware. We would love to see you at the East Super-Regional as a volunteer (http://www.ftceast.org/volunteer) or cheering your favorite teams!

9 top teams from the Pennsylvania FTC Championship Tournament will advance to the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament. Good luck teams!

Pennsylvania teams 4856 Minnie MASH and 4999 Imagine It, and New Jersey team 5169 Watts Up? were the first teams to advance to the East Super-Regional Championship Tournament.  These three great teams advanced through the Diamond State Championship Tournament held in Dover, Delaware on February 1, 2014. 


Team #NameSchool / OrganizationLocationAdvancement Award

4856Minnie MASHFriends of 401West Vincent Township, PAInspire Award Winner

5169Watts Up?Say Watt RoboticsEdison, NJWinning Alliance Captain

4999Imagine ItImagine It RoboticsPalmyra, PAWinning Alliance 1st Pick

  • 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!