FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-2016 season plan

(reprinted with permission)

From: Dr. Carter Tiernan
Subject: FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-2016 season plan
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:00:23 CDT

Dear coaches,

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.

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About Roboplex

Roboplex.org is dedicated to furthering competitive robotics, especially in the North Texas area.  The site is a collaborative workspace where robotics groups can share tips, events, guides, and other information.

If you would like to be a contributor to the site, register for an account and email us at roboplex@roboplex.org to ask for authorship and editing privileges.

 

2015 FTC Team Workshop for Android (Plano)

2015-08-29 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm, QD Academy

FLYSET.org and affiliated FTC team 8565 (TechnicBots) are hosting an FTC team workshop to help local FTC teams get acquainted with the new Android Technology platform and create an environment for FTC teams to share and learn. The workshop is going to be held on August 29, just in time before the next season Challenge to be released on September 12.

There will also be a station available in the afternoon where crimping tool and Anderson Connectors are provided for the teams to make their DC motor and legacy controller power wires compatible with Anderson connectors so they can be connected to the new motor controllers and power distribution module.

Sponsored by FIRST in Texas and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Slides from the workshop:

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FTC-workshop-software

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FTC-workshop-github

WebEx recordings (Both recordings missed the first few minutes of the sessions because of the late start on recording)

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

Apply for a FIRST in Texas grant by Sep 15

firstintexasAre you looking for funding for your team?  If you have a FIRST team in Texas, you should definitely apply for a grant from FIRST in Texas.

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.

UTD Coaches Clinic – Advanced FLL Programming

2015-10-17 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This is the second of two UTD clinics focusing on programming for FLL; see the 2015 FLL Programming Clinics page for topics to be covered and the registration form.

utd-parking-slc-3Location and Parking

This clinic will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas in room SLC 1.102.  If you attended the FLL Kickoff at UTD on Sep 26, it’s the same location.

Attendees may park in any GREEN parking spot on campus without needing a parking permit.  We recommend parking in either Lot H or the Parking Structure (PS3).  The easiest way to get to Lot H is from Waterview Pkwy on the west side of campus; once parked, follow the sidewalk just north of the Arts and Humanities building, cross Rutford Avenue, and the SLC building will be on your left.  To get to PS3, take Synergy Park Blvd on the north side of campus, then turn south onto Rutford Ave and then east onto Loop Road.

Lunch

For those people attending both the morning (Beginning) and afternoon (Advanced) programming clinics at UT-Dallas, there are a few on-campus dining options available.  See the available locations, hours, and menus.  Note that only certain on-campus locations are open on Saturdays.

You can of course go off-campus for lunch as well — the closest off-campus restaurants tend to be on Campbell Road either just west (Coit) or east (U.S. 75) of the UTD campus.

 

UTD Coaches Clinic – Beginning FLL Programming

2015-10-17 @ 9:00am - 11:30am, University of Texas at Dallas / SEEC

This is the first of two UTD clinics focusing on programming for FLL; see the 2015 FLL Programming Clinics page for topics to be covered and the registration form.

utd-parking-slc-3Location and Parking

This clinic will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas in room SLC 1.102.  If you attended the FLL Kickoff at UTD on Sep 26, it’s the same location.

Attendees may park in any GREEN parking spot on campus without needing a parking permit.  We recommend parking in either Lot H or the Parking Structure (PS3).  The easiest way to get to Lot H is from Waterview Pkwy on the west side of campus; once parked, follow the sidewalk just north of the Arts and Humanities building, cross Rutford Avenue, and the SLC building will be on your left.  To get to PS3, take Synergy Park Blvd on the north side of campus, then turn south onto Rutford Ave and then east onto Loop Road.

Lunch

For those people attending both the morning (Beginning) and afternoon (Advanced) programming clinics at UT-Dallas, there are a few on-campus dining options available.  See the available locations, hours, and menus.  Note that only certain on-campus locations are open on Saturdays.

You can of course go off-campus for lunch as well — the closest off-campus restaurants tend to be on Campbell Road either just west (Coit) or east (U.S. 75) of the UTD campus.

 

FIRST Tech Challenge

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 – Relic Recovery Season

Aug 26, 2017 (9:00a-5:00p): 2017 FLYSET FTC Workshop
Oct 21, 2017 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Clinic – Logistics (UME Prep), Dallas

Event results (via the Orange Alliance):

 

Previous FTC Events – Velocity Vortex Season

Aug 27, 2016 (8:00a-4:00p): PTC+FIRST Workshop for FTC Teams, Plano
Nov 19, 2016 (8:00a-5:00p): FTC Scrimmage at Hedrick Middle School
Feb 25, 2017 (8:00a-5:00p): North Texas FTC Regional Championship, Allen
May 13, 2017 (10:00a-4:00p): DPRG 22nd Roborama Competition, Carrollton

Previous FTC Events – Res-Q Season

Sep 12, 2015 (11:00a): FTC 2015 Game Reveal (online)
Sep 19, 2015 (9:00a-12:00p): FTC 2015 Season Kickoff, Dallas
Oct 10, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): CTC Robotics Kickoff (CANCELLED), Killeen
Dec 5, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Scrimmage, CTC
Dec 11, 2015 (6:00p-9:00p): FTC scrimmage at Greenhill School, Addison
Jan 16, 2016 (7:30a-6:00p): FTC Regional Qualifier, Wylie East HS, Wylie

Previous FTC Events – Cascade Effect Season