FLL Qualifier Registration now open

(republished from email sent by Kristi Cantu)

Hooray!

REGISTRATION FOR QUALIFIERS IS NOW OPEN!

**REGISTRATION FOR QUALIFIERS WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT 5:00PM.

Paying by credit card (preferred)

If you are paying by credit card, you must go ONLY to this website:  http://tickets.perotmuseum.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=13333. Every box must be filled out in order for your registration to be complete–you MUST pick FOUR choices or you will not be able to register. You must follow all of the steps, including creating an account, in order to register. Please do not try to register in any other website (TIMS, etc).

Please try to pay by credit card! That will vastly expedite the process!

Paying by other means

If you cannot pay by credit card, please email reserve@perotmuseum.org and CC ME (kristinecantu@perotmuseum.org) ON THE EMAIL! Include in the email:

  • Team name
  • Team number
  • Number of students
  • Number of adults
  • Team contacts (name, email, phone of both coaches)
  • FOUR choices of which qualifiers you’d like to attend

After the reservations department receives your email, they will send you an invoice.  If your district or someone else is paying via purchase order, make sure to send them the invoice as soon as you receive it, and remind them that the payment is needed as soon as possible in order to compete.

Full payments must be received no later than two weeks prior to your qualifier or you will be disqualified. Even if we have already sent you an invoice, that does not count as your registration-you still need to email reservations with the above information.

Other notes

  • If you have very special circumstances, such as needing multiple teams to go the site, or multiple teams that need to be split up, etc., please do not include that in your email to reservations. Just include your top four choices, and in a separate email to me you can explain your special circumstance to me and I’ll see what I can do to accommodate.
  • If you can be flexible in your dates and location choices, please show some nice Core Values and Gracious Professionalism and be flexible! A lot of teams have genuine difficulty securing transportation, funding, parental involvement, etc., so it makes it harder for them to be flexible.
  • There are many factors I have to consider in assigning teams to qualifiers, so I appreciate everyone’s patience and not expecting to get your first choice-all qualifier assignments will be final!
  • There are more competitions on Dec. 5th than any other day! If you can do the 5th, please do!
    • Don’t look at it as a disadvantage to compete early-you’ll be competing with other teams who have had the exact same amount of time to prepare as your team has, so everyone at your qualifier has the same chance of advancing.
    • Every coach I talk to says they don’t feel ready, they feel behind, etc. So you’re not alone! Remember that the competition aspect is just small part of the awesome FIRST experience-qualifiers are super-fun, exciting events even if your team doesn’t score a lot of points or do amazing in every judging session!
    • There is only one qualifier on the 19th, with very limited space, so if a ton of teams choose that as their first choice so that they “have more time,” a lot of them will not get it.
  • Advancement: I’ve almost confirmed two second-round qualifiers, so advancement will work like this:
    • Very top teams in all categories for each qualifier will advance straight to the Regional Championship on February 6.
    • Top teams in all categories for each qualifier will advance to one of two second-round qualifiers in January, and from there top teams will advance to Regional Championship.
    • The exact numbers advancing from each one will follow the advancement percentages set forth by FIRST and will be determined once I have made all of the assignments and know how many teams will be at each qualifier so we know proportionally how many to advance from each.
  • Once you have been assigned to a qualifier, I will notify you and you will be put in contact with the qualifier host. They will provide you with specific information such as lunch options, the general schedule for the day, and the detailed team schedule.

I think this is all for now, please let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!
KRISTI CANTU
Programs Educator/FIRST LEGO League North Texas Partner
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
P 214.756.5851 F 214.756.5890 | kristinecantu@perotmuseum.org

FTC Regional Qualifier, Nolan Catholic High School

2016-01-30, Nolan Catholic High School

We at Nolan Catholic High School are thrilled to be hosting the FTC qualifier on January 30th.

A tentative schedule (based on inspection progress) and detailed campus map are available.

Teams will be served two complementary pizzas and 8 waters for lunch.  They are 14″ Papa John’s pizzas (pepperoni or cheese.)  Coaches have received an ordering form via email for ordering pizzas.

Please read On site and reminders for coaches with important reminders and preparation details for the event.  See also the document at http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/preparing-for-competition .

Lastly, print out a Team Roster through the Team Information Management System. Be sure every team member has parental Consent & Release, either through the Youth Team Member Registration System or a printed form.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Robert Scheer at Nolan Catholic High School.

FTC Regional Qualifier, Wylie East HS

2016-01-16 @ 7:30am - 6:00pm, Wylie East High School

The Wylie East FTC Qualifying Tournament is Saturday, January 16th, at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas.  The address for Wylie East High School is 3000 Wylie E Dr, Wylie, Texas, 75098.

IF YOUR TEAM IS ATTENDING THIS EVENT, please send us a head count of team members, coaches, and mentors if you haven’t done so already.

The pit areas and registration officially open at 8:00am, and a tentative schedule for the day is available.

As of 2016-01-14 there are 30 teams registered.

Judging interviews and Robot Inspection will begin at 8:30am. It is very important that your robot be ready for hardware and software inspection when you arrive. We need to complete judging and robot inspections for all teams by 10:30am in order to get matches started before lunch.

We will be providing pizza lunch for teams, but you’re welcome to bring your own lunch as well. We’re intentionally overlapping lunch with early-round matches to some extent, but we will make sure all teams are given adequate time for lunch. There will also be a concession stand available throughout most of the day.

All times on the schedule are tentative — for example, we will proceed directly into alliance selection after qualification matches end, even if that is before 3:30pm.

All teams must bring a printed team roster from FIRST (available via TIMS) at registration. In addition, if any team members, coaches, or mentors have not completed a consent and release form electronically, we need a printed 2015-2016 FIRST CONSENT AND RELEASE AGREEMENT for them.

Remember that all persons in the Pit Area and Competition Area (fields) must have safety eyewear. Standard eyeglasses are not sufficient (eyeglasses with side shields may be acceptable).

More notes to prepare for the event will be posted here and sent to registered teams shortly.


The following teams (30) are fully registered for the Wylie East qualifier:

2927 Cold Steel
3734 Imperial Robotics
4747 Glitch Mafia
5970 Ambassadors
6832 Iron Reign
8130 Lamar Robotics
8204 Wylie East Robotics
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists
8657 ReBoot
8757 SavageSquad
9010 Robotic Rangers
9015 Brobots
9038 Mission Control
9167 Robosapiens
9511 Pollybot
9545 Crestbots Team Alpha
9582 DeSoto Robotics
9717 Crestbots Team Bravo
9745 Robo Campus Plano
10073 Home School
10417 Syntax Error
10443 Tech Vikes
10487 LunaTechs
10572 Bear Essentials
10573 GTech Robotics
10576 Hard Manual Reset
10577 Thunder Chicks
10657 Error Conflict
10890 E-bots
10926 LibertyHigh Robotics

FLL 2015 Scrimmage at Cross Timbers Middle School

2015-11-14 @ 7:00am - 2:00pm, Cross Timbers Middle School

16 teams maximum

Registration will open this Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9:00am and close on Monday, Nov. 2, at 5:00pm or once filled.
To register (starting Saturday), go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054dada628a57-first.

Overview

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD FLL Teams will be hosting an FLL TRASH TREK Robot Games scrimmage on Saturday, November 14th at Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Rd., Grapevine, TX, 76051. A maximum of 16 additional teams from other areas will be allowed to participate in the scrimmage in addition to the 8 FLL teams from GCISD which will also be participating in the scrimmage. Sign-up for the scrimmage is first-come, first served, and once all slots are filled there are no more slots available.  Admission is free and non-participating teams and other spectators are welcome to come and watch as well.

Please complete the sign up page to reserve your spot.

The scrimmage will consist of Robot Games only and each team will have a minimum of three matches.

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