From the October 2015 issue of the FIRST in Texas Newsletter:
Just Two Weeks to Apply
The final deadline is almost here! Submit your completed applications by October 15 at 5pm CST.
What is a completed application? Make sure you:
- Submit our Team Grant Application
- Upload Photo Release forms for each team member
- Upload an Eligibility Form for Texas high school teams
Mark your calendars and ask your questions now! For other details on the grant process, like a timeline on notifications and awards, visit our Grant Calendar.
The color sensor claims to support a passive mode, which allows it to detect color from an external light source (such as the LEDs of the Res-Q game beacons). It also supports an active mode, where the sensor has its own light emitter to detect the color of a reflected target (similar to how the LEGO Mindstorms and HiTechnic color sensors work). The color sensor is available now, but as of Sep 21, 2015 the FTC Robot Controller App doesn’t have libraries to support the sensor.
The gyro sensor is a 3-axis gyro that does onboard integration of the z-axis, thus it can be used to calculate heading with greater accuracy than if the calculation is performed on an Android or PC host. The gyro is slated to be available for sale by mid October 2015.
Last updated: 2015.10.28
Overview of this document
This page attempts to document what is known (and not known) about League Play and Qualifying Tournaments in the North Texas FTC Region for the 2015-2016 season. This page is not an official document; the statements below are simply opinions and citations from various sources, and they do not represent official rulings from the regional organizers. Where possible, we will attempt to link to or cite official sources for each of the answers below.
Patrick Michaud (Pm) is the primary maintainer for this page. If you have further questions, suggestions, additions, corrections, or alterations for this page, please send them to email@example.com or post them to the NorthTexasFTC Google Group. (more…)
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From: Dr. Carter Tiernan
Subject: FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-2016 season plan
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:00:23 CDT
I hope your school year is starting off very well. This message will give you an overview of the plan for the FIRST Tech Challenge season in North Texas including the structure, a few dates, and some future year plans as well.
As most of you know, US FIRST is moving the FTC competition structure from the previous format of qualifier competitions only to a format of league play. We had hoped to start large-scale implementation of leagues this season. However, there is a state-level effort in Texas that is expected to have a big impact on teams and participation in FTC starting this year and this effort has changed our planning regarding league implementation.
Therefore, for the 2015-2016 FTC season we in North Texas we will be using a blended format of both qualifiers and leagues. As the default, we will be continuing to implement FTC with first level qualifier tournaments that will have space for all teams to compete in. The Southwest Regional Championship at UT Arlington is scheduled for February 20, 2016. The qualifier tournaments are expected to be held in December and January. Dates and details will be given as they become available. Teams that compete in qualifiers will advance from a qualifier tournament to the Southwest Regional Championship.
FIRST in Texas is a foundation that channels grant funding from organizations to FIRST teams in Texas. The grants can often be in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The application process is quite simple — it’s an online form. Teams in all FIRST programs (FRC, FTC, FLL, and JrFLL) should apply.
Apply by September 15 to be included in the first round of evaluations.
On this page we keep links and references to various North Texas FIRST Tech Challenge competition resources, to make them easy for us and others to locate quickly later. Where possible we try to link directly to official pages and notifications; but we’re definitely not the official source for any of this. If in doubt — double check the official sources!
Feel free to suggest additional links or resources that should appear here, or to let us know of errors or things that shouldn’t be here.
Join the NorthTexasFTC Google Group to receive announcements of upcoming events and to network with other coaches and teams!
The FTC hardware, tools, and tips page contains suggestions for things to have beyond the basic FTC robotics kits.
Upcoming FTC Events
Previous FTC Events – Skystone Season
Previous FTC Events – Rover Ruckus Season
Previous FTC Events – Relic Recovery Season
Event results (via the Orange Alliance):
- Nov 4 – Jesuit Prep Qualifier, Dallas
- Nov 11 – Greenhill Qualifier, Addison
- Dec 2 – Allen HS Qualifier, Allen
- Dec 16 – Townview Qualifier, Dallas
- Jan 6 – Trinity River Qualifier, TCC, Fort Worth
- Jan 13 – Wylie East Qualifier, Wylie
- Jan 20 – Hedrick “Mech Madness” Qualifier, Lewisville
- Jan 27 – Bethesda Christian School Qualifier, Fort Worth
- Jan 27 – Williams HS Qualifier, Plano
- Jan 20 – El Dorado League Tournament, Arlington
- Jan 20 – Waco League Tournament, Arlington
Previous FTC Events – Velocity Vortex Season
Previous FTC Events – Res-Q Season
Previous FTC Events – Cascade Effect Season