Hello Teams and Volunteers,
This is the fifth in the continuing series of Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics emails. Previous emails can be found on our website in the COMMUNICATION Archives. Also note that we have added scheduled FTC EVENTS in the form of Workshops and Scrimmages. See below for registration details.
Thank you to all of those teams that attended our in-person and virtual Kick-Off events! We are sure that you are well into the brainstorming and perhaps the building process right now, but we still wanted to share the resources from the 10th as reference in case you were not able to attend or wanted a refresher. We apologize for the quality of the FIRST Kick-off video feed on the 10th as well. The issue was on our production end and not related to the FIRST supplied video at all. So please go directly to the You Tube video that FIRST provided.
Attached you will also find a copy of the Power Point presentation with PA FTC specific introductory materials that I presented in the first 45 minutes of the kick-off. Let me know if you have any questions or require clarification.
Additionally, and as stated during kickoff, many of the key Resources such as Game Manuals, have been updated and released. This was communicated in a Team Email Blast directly from FIRST (dated Thursday, Sep 15th). The FIRST Tech Challenge Software Development Kit (SDK) has also been released. If you did not get this email, please let me know and I will forward it, however you should be able to access it yourself in the FIRST FTC Email Archives.
We continue to update our website with newly planned events for the season. There are still many more events to add and update, however we are happy to announce that Workshop and Scrimmage Registrations are now open. We plan on adding more of these as well as the season progresses.
Note that you may also be able to access QUALIFIER Registrations. We are not yet accepting registration for Qualifiers as we lock down details and work to add one additional Qualifier event (TBD) for a total of nine (9). If you do try to register for a Qualifier, we will cancel your request. Rest assured, we let teams know with at least 3 days advance notice before Qualifier registration opens up so every team has fair and timely access.
Coaches Calls – These calls are open to all coaches who may have questions about our PA Season, access to understanding resources, guidance for team development or just general clarification on any issues relative to your team. It is an open forum, and we invite veterans as well as new coaches to join. Please join in on Wednesday Sept 21st and/or 28th. Time: 7:30PM, both evenings.
Registration is NOT required. Please access through the following GoToMeeitng link. Note that the EVENT page with Coaches Call details is not up to date but will be. In the meantime, use the link below.
Coaches Call #1 and #2
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
Access Code: 130-503-733
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
Again, please be sure to look out for an email advising that Qualifier Registration will open on a specific date and time in the near future. We apologize for not having these locked down yet but are diligently working on schedule completion.
All the best,
Tom and the FTC PA Team!
Pennsylvania FIRST® Robotics
FIRST Tech Challenge® Program Delivery Partner
phone: (302) 383-9925