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FIRST Tech Challenge Newsletter – October 2022

11.10.2022

In this Team Update:

  • 2022 – 2023 Registration
  • NEW FIRST® Tech Challenge Community Platform
  • FIRST® Tech Challenge KAHOOT
  • Season Grants Information

Remember to Register for the Upcoming Season!

From the machines that move us to the food that sustains us to the wireless technologies that connect us, energy plays an essential role in keeping our world running. During our 2022-2023 robotics season, FIRST® ENERGIZE℠ presented by Qualcomm, FIRST® in Texas teams will reimagine the future of sustainable energy and power their ideas forward. CLICK HERE to register today!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  FIRST® does not allow teams to compete unless you are PAID with them and FIRST® in Texas. Please ensure you are event ready before attending an event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Area Coordinator.

 

If you have any questions please reach out to your Area Coordinator:

Central Texas: Joseph Beckman – joseph.beckman@firstintexas.org
North Texas: Lon Cherryholmes – lon.cherryholmes@firstintexas.org
South Texas: Sammy Rivera – Sammy.rivera@firstintexas.org
West Texas/ Panhandle: – Heather Sherrill – heather.sherrill@firstintexas.org

 

Introducing the FIRST® Tech Challenge Community Platform

The FIRST® Tech Challenge Community is a platform intended to replace the aging ftcforum where teams can ask/ answer questions and give/ receive feedback about non-game-specific topics. These topics include the official FIRST Tech Challenge Software Development Kit (SDK), programming their robot, using the Machine Learning Toolchain, and more! This resource is intended for all levels, from students to mentors!

The platform can be accessed here.

The login on this forum uses the FIRST Dashboard Single Sign-On (SSO). To create an account:

  1. Go to the https://www.firstinspires.org/ website and click on the “Register” button in the upper-right corner of the webpage. Note that if you’re a team coach, mentor, or student you likely already have a FIRST account that you used to register with a team.
  2. Use that account to log in to the FIRST Tech Challenge Community Platform!

FIRST® Tech Challenge Kahoot

New FIRST® Tech Challenge Kahoot series are now available on the FIRST® Official Kahoot Channel! These Kahoots are for both students and adults (coaches, mentors, parents, volunteers) who want to learn more about and FTC and the main components of the programs. These Kahoot are evergreen and are a great way to engage current and prospective customers. Links to the new courses are provided below.

 

FIRST® Tech Challenge Kahoot Course

 

Grants Info and Application

Award notifications for Round 1 went out on September 30th! If you were awarded a grant, please make sure to submit any additional forms that were requested to ensure that your grant money is processed by Friday, October 28th.

TWC Recipients, please make sure the following has been submitted:

  • Team Roster
  • Extended Demographics
  • GETTWC$
    • Please submit receipts if requesting reimbursements.

If you were not awarded a grant, your application is open for editing. Please update if there have been any changes to your team. Your application will be reviewed for the second round of awards.  You do not need to submit a new application.

We encourage teams in all regions to apply since more opportunities can become available. There are two more rounds, with the second-round closing October 21st. Please see the Grant Calendar for more information.

The grant application is available at http://www.firstintexas.org/grants.

 

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