FTC PA 2023-24 Season Blast #18 – Dean’s List and FTC Championship

Hello Teams and Volunteers,

This is the eighteenth in the continuing series of Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics emails. Hopefully you received the last email #1 – Urgent call for volunteers. As always, previous emails can be found on our website in the COMMUNICATION Archives.

Dean’s List Interviews – Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd, 2024

As with previous years, the interviews will be virtual and scheduled and executed through the FTC Scoring System or equivalent. Interviews will primarily take place on Saturday and Sunday, Mar 2nd and 3rd, 2024. If other days or times needed to accommodate Interview Judges and Students, we will schedule accordingly.

Nominations by Coaches and Mentors are due to FIRST by February 15th, 2024 at 11:59pm at which time the system will not take additional submissions.

 Please reference the FTC Dean’s List Nomination Guide for student criteria and instructions for detailed information. You may nominate up to 2 students per team who would then become semi-finalist in PA.


We are also accepting volunteers for Dean’s List Interviewers who ideally would not be related to any of the student candidates or have a team associated with conflict of interest. If interested, please volunteer through your FIRST Inspires login and search for the FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List event in Pennsylvania.

Special Note: The nominator must be a mentor or coach of the team who is unrelated to the student being nominated. The official nominations must be submitted by the lead or secondary coach, however another adult mentor called Dean’ List Award Submitter can actually write up the nomination as long as they are attributed by name in essays!



Pennsylvania FTC Championship – Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th, 2024

Venue: Saucon Valley Middle School, 2095 Polk Valley Rd, Hellertown, PA 18055

This is the same event site as the last 2 season Championships. We are currently planning a 36 team, 2 field, single division event. Please see the special agenda posted on our website. Note the times on Saturday when we will expect Volunteers (10:30am), and then Teams (12:00 noon) to arrive. All Interviews, Robot and Field Inspections will be carried out in the afternoon and teams will play their first competition match as well. Additionally, we are planning to host a Team Social on Saturday evening.  Options and planning are underway, but we do endeavor to make this a super fun event for participating teams. More to come on this:

We will complete the field competitions, Awards and Closing Ceremonies on Sunday.


Please contact us at any time if you have any questions

ftc@pennfirst.org or Tom Zawislak at (302) 383-9925.

Tom and the PFR Team

Pennsylvania FIRST® Robotics
FIRST Tech Challenge® Program Delivery Partner
phone: (302) 383-9925
email: ftc@pennfirst.org
Website: www.FTCPenn.org