Illinois FTC Email Blasts

The Illinois FTC Affiliate Partners send out timely Email Blasts to registered teams in order to communicate important information. Here are the latest email blasts for the 2015-2016 season:

 

E-mail Blast #5: September 1, 2015

Kickoff Season with Game Reveal, Sept. 12 RSVP by 9/8
Some events will have workshops. Contact hosts for details or look at Google forms.
http://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/ftc/events/2015-kick-off-events.html
 
Elgin

    Date: Sept. 12

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Location: Elgin Technology Center, 73 S Riverside Dr #200, Elgin, IL 60120

    Take elevator to floor 2 and follow signs.

    Contact:  m.mckellar@gotrobot.us 

    Limit: 15 teams so please RSVP by Tues., Sept. 8th

    Food: TBA

 

Highland Park

    Date: Sept. 12

    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Workshops

    Location: Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035

    Use main entrance and follow signs to science wing

    Questions? Contact:  jwftcil@gmail.com 

    Register by: Tues., Sept. 8th 

    Google team registration link:  https://goo.gl/jkDyl9  

    Limit: TBD 

  

Moline

  Date: Sept. 12, 2015 

  Time: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

   Workshops 

   Location: John Deere World Headquarters

                   1 John Deere Pl.

                   Moline, IL 61265

  Contact:    smithgregoryryan@gmail.com

  Limit: 24 Teams

  Register by: Tues., Sept. 8th

  Google team registration link: https://goo.gl/t4XcpE

  Event Site: http://goo.gl/SVihfA

  Sign up to volunteer: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1NjHhhsbnaBujSDlybEVYmHCayTvA9IHnuPfwfa_57c4/viewform

 

 

Peoria

   Date: Sept. 12, 2015

   Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

   Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St., Peoria, IL 61602

                 Giant Screen Theater

   Limit: 200 participants

  Contact: washingtonhosea69@gmail.com 

   RSVP by: Tues., Sept. 8th

   Tour Dinosaurs in Motion 10:00-10:30

 

Rockford

  Date: Sept. 12, 2015

  Contact:  info@rockfordrobotics.com

 

Other FTC Events with Workshops:

Sept. 19 Kickstart  Workshops - Decatur
Decatur: Workshops - Introductory FTC Topics and New Technology 
Date: Sat., Sept. 19
Time: 12:15 - 5:30 
Location: University of Illinois Extension Office - Macon county
              3351 N. President Howard Brown BLVD
               Decatur, IL 62521 
RSVP by Sept. 15
Limit: 65
 
 
Sept. 26 FTC  Workshops - Chicago
Date: Sept. 26
Time: TBA
Location: Ford City Mall
                7601 S. Cicero Ave. 
               Chicago, IL
RSVP by: Sept. 22
 
 
Demo Opportunity
Tues., Sept. 29 & Weds., Sept. 30
SMTA - Trade Show
Rosemont, IL

 

E-mail Blast #4: August 17, 2015

US FIRST Registration
FIRST Illinois Robotics Registration - Open - no fee to register
New Required Robot Control System - Specific Android Phones & Modern Robotics Electronics
New Required Java Programming -  Only Java JDK(Oracle), Android Studio or MIT App Inventor
Kickoff Events: Game Reveal & Workshop, Sept. 12
Kickstart Event: Decatur Sept. 19
Make FIRST Loud by Volunteering to Demo
SMTA Demo Sept. 29,30
Volunteer!
US FIRST Summer FLL Outreach Event Survey 
Song Parody Contest
PTC Grant Application Link due 9/19 
Evil Purple Sock Outreach sign up by 8/29
FTC in the Classroom - Standards Alignment, Summer Virtual Conference, Tetrix Mastery
FIRST Illinois Robotics FTC Team Blasts -Unsubscribe/changes/addition email: ftc-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org

US FIRST Registration
Begin by registering your FTC team with US FIRST 
To help you register your team this year, US FIRST has some helpful videos and PDF
The links can be found on the US FIRST website under Team or Mentor Resources
NOTE: Rookies need to apply for rookie grant & await notification before purchase
            Apply for rookie grant through TIMS
            Veteran Teams - some grants may still be available
All teams - Once you have team members, here is a video to help parents complete Invites for FIRST event team member roster:
 
            
FIRST Illinois Robotics Registration
Next register with Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge
Illinois FTC registration is open.
There is no fee to register an Illinois FTC team 
You will login to IL Registration site later in September to register team for qualifiers. 
More info and registration link found here:


New Required Competition Robot Control System
FIRST Tech Challenge will no longer allow the use of NXT Mindstorm brick/controller to control robots. 
All 2015-16 competition robots must use the new robot control system hardware, software, and Java.
The new system should be ordered when registering your team on US FIRST.
Basically the system consists of:
Specific type of Android phones - Only - Android Boost Mobile, ZTE Speed, OS Jelly Bean
           Additional phones can be purchased from other providers such as Best Buy  & Amazon
Modern Robotics Hardware
Veteran teams can us the Legacy Module to continue using HiTech motor & servo controller, and NXT sensors
 
FTC New Control System Overview by Intelitek for FTC teams Unit 1

General New Technology information:
 
The most up to date information & Questions - FTC Technology Forum:
 
 
Required Java Programming
All 2015-16 competition robots must use Java.
Directions for setting up phones and downloading required software can be found by going to USFIRST.org/FTC/Team Resources/ Pushbot, Set up starts on page 52
Link: 
Be sure to first install the Java Development Kit (JDK) and follow the manual's instructions. Links for other downloads for FTC programming set up are included in instructions.
Phone set up videos are also available at the above Technology Forum linked above.

NOTE:  BETA  available now for Android Studio & MIT App inventor software 
Teams will need to update after game release Sept. 12th.

Inteliteck will be releasing more training units later this month and in September. Look for links in the team blasts.
            
 
Kickoff Season with Game Reveal, Sept. 12 RSVP by 9/8
Some events will have workshops. Contact hosts for details or look at Google forms.
Elgin

    Date: Sept. 12

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Location: Elgin Technology Center, 73 S Riverside Dr #200, Elgin, IL 60120

    Take elevator to floor 2 and follow signs.

    Contact:  m.mckellar@gotrobot.us 

    Limit: 15 teams so please RSVP by Tues., Sept. 8th

    Food: TBA

 

Highland Park

    Date: Sept. 12

    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location: Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035

    Use main entrance and follow signs to science wing

    Questions? Contact:  jwftcil@gmail.com 

    Register by Tues., Sept. 8th 

    Goggle registration link:  https://goo.gl/jkDyl9  

    Limit: TBD 

   

Peoria

   Date: Sept. 12, 2015

   Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

   Location:Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St., Peoria, IL 61602

                 Giant Screen Theater

   Limit: 200 participants

   Contact: ftc-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org

   RSVP by Tues., Sept. 8th

   Tour Dinosaurs in Motion 10:00-10:30

 

Moline

  Date: Sept. 12, 2015 

  Time: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

   Location: John Deere World Headquarters

                   1 John Deere Pl.

                   Moline, IL 61265

  Contact:    smithgregoryryan@gmail.com

  Limit: 24 Teams

  Register by: Tues., Sept. 8th

  Goggle registration link: https://goo.gl/t4XcpE


Rockford

  Date: Sept. 12, 2015

  Contact:  info@rockfordrobotics.com


Sept. 19 Kickstart Event
 
Decatur: Workshops - Introductory FTC Topics and New Technology 
Date: Sat., Sept. 19
Time: 12:15 - 5:30 
Location University of Illinois Extension Office - Macon county
              3351 N. President Howard Brown BLVD
               Decatur, IL 62521 
RSVP by Sept. 15
Limit: 65



Make FIRST Loud by Volunteering to Demo
Throughout the year FIRST teams are asked to demo at other FIRST events, trade shows, and other locations. We are looking for teams to demo at 26 FLL tournaments FLL Qualifying Tournaments and the SMTA trade show Sept. 29 & 30. 
Is your team interested in learning more about these opportunities? 


SMTA, Surface Mount Technology Association - Electronics Trade Show
Tues., Sept. 29 & Weds., Sept. 30
Donald Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
Demo your robot, check out the trade show & Robot Alley & 4-H Robotics/Engineering
Shifts available


Volunteer for FIRST Events!
A whole host of volunteers will be needed again this year. Make this a team activity and learn about meets and qualifiers from the inside out. Recruit parents and your community to volunteer at FIRST events. Great outreach activity
Sign up on the US FIRST Volunteer Information Matching System (VIMS)


2015-16 PTC Grant Application
Apply before Sept. 18, 2015

FLL Summer Camp Outreach US FIRST Survey

Does your team or FIRST organization offer FIRST LEGO League summer workshops or camps? If so, we'd like to hear from you! Please complete this very short survey to tell us about the summer camps that you offer in your region so that we can learn more about these opportunities and work to support your efforts!


2015 FIRST Song Parody Competition

Upload by Mon., Nov., 30, 2015
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/2015-video-parody


The Evil Purple Sox - Sock Outreach Project

Contact team by Sat., Aug. 29th
This is the second annual socks for The Evil Purple Sox outreach event. We are reaching out to teams across the country and asking them to think of the individuals in their communities that may be heat challenged. 
We want to partner with teams to help make a difference in their communities. We ask that starting in mid to early September and running through early December teams reach out to their community, schools, etc.. and ask for the donation of new pairs of socks. These socks will be donated to the heat challenged in their area. We will support each team by providing you with promotional flyers and by contacting your local red cross and/or salvation army to identify pick up/drop off locations in your community. We will host Google hangouts with teams throughout the donation period to get updates on progress as well as to give teams an opportunity to collaborate throughout the build season. Please let us know if you are interested in taking part in this outreach opportunity.

Thank you,
The Evil Purple Sox
evilpurplesox5@gmail.com

FTC in the Classroom - Standards Alignment, Tetrix Guide, and more Videos - Link

Videos:

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/gear-up-with-ftc

FTC in the Classroom - Scroll to bottom of page

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/mentors

 

Volunteering together,

Jonathan Weiland, and Sue Kunzeman,  Illinois FTC Copartners

Sravan Suryadevara, Jr. Illinois FTC Copartner

 

Social Medial: 

Illinois FTC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FTCillinois

Illinois FTC on Twitter: @FTCillinois

US FTC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FTCTeams

US FTC on Twitter: @FTC teams

 

E-mail Blast #3: July 21, 2015

Teams, 
 
Indiana FTC is hosting a day of workshops in Jasper, IN, and they are inviting Illinois teams to participate.

See the following announcement: 


SI FTC Forums – Saturday, August 15th
 
            Everyone is invited!  Rookies, Veterans, Mentors, Coaches, etc., be sure to make plans to attend the inaugural Southern Indiana FTC Forums for a day that promises to be filled with learning, information, discussions, new friends and lots of fun!
 
            Location:  Jasper, Indiana
 
              Vincennes University Jasper Campus - Center for Technology, Innovation & Manufacturing
 
              850 College Avenue
 
             Jasper, Indiana
           
            Time:  10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST
 
            Lunch:  On your own.  There will be a list of local restaurants on hand that you can order from, or you can brown-bag it.  Vending machines are located within the facility for beverages and snacks and we are also working on possibly having one of the campus student groups set up a concession stand.
 
            Cost:  $10.00 per team
 
Registration – Opens July 15, 2015! To Register Go to - 
 
https://sites.google.com/site/indianaftc/indiana-off-season-events
 
Make Checks payable to Purdue University
 
Mail to:  
 
                                    Purdue University
 
                                    Mechanical Engineering Building Room G027
 
                                    585 Purdue Mall
 
                                    West Lafayette, IN  47907-2088
 
                                    ATTN:  Steve Florence
 
            Tentative Schedule – (subject to change, will be finalized closer to event)
 
Time
 
 
 
10:00 – 10:30 am
Check-In - Welcome
 
 
 
 
 
Room 1
Room 2
Common Area
10:30 – 11:15 am
Android Studio Programming
Engineering Notebook
Community Presentation – What is FIRST and FIRST Tech Challenge
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Android Studio Programming
Business Planning / Fundraising
FTC Demo
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Android Studio Programming
TBD
Possibly game strategy? Judging?
OPEN
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Android Studio Programming
Robot Design Principles
OPEN
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Closing Wrap-up
 
Teams – As you can see we have a TBD and a couple of OPENs.  We are still seeking additional students and mentors who would like to present a session topic.  If you are interested in presenting or have an idea for a topic you would like to see, please email Nicole Mauntel (nmauntel@usfirst.org) or Lori Hall (norinftc4u@gmail.com)
 
Also we are planning on inviting area LEGO teams and members of the community to “Come and See” what FTC is all about and the amazing things our students are doing!  If you are able to bring a bot for demostrations, please let Nicole know (nmauntel@usfirst.org) – it would be greatly appreciated!!
 
*** Special Note to those planning on attending the Android Studio Programming Sessions
 
Please try to do as many of the items listed below as possible before arriving for the workshop.  
           
            1. Charge your main and cell phone batteries.  Bring your computers, robots, batteries, chargers, joysticks, hubs and spare parts too.
 
            2. Set up your cell phones per this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n597U6rcl2Y
 
            3. Download and Install the robot controller and the driver’s station on the phones, per instructions on pages 53-62 of the training manual instructions available here:  https://github.com/ftctechnh/ftc_app.
(Click on the download zip in lower right corner, unzip it and proceed to ftc_app_master/doc/tutorial.)
 
            4. Download and Install the Java JDK, Android Studio and update the SDK per the instructions on pages 14-26 of the training manual instructions.  
 
            5. Build the k9bot robot (or something similar) per the build guide.  Build instructions are included in the same folder as the training manual in the zip file.
 
If you have technical questions or questions on the above list, please contact Keith Hall at khall@usfirst.org or call at 219-381-4116.  For all other questions on the Event, please email Nicole Mauntel (nmauntel@usfirst.org) or Lori Hall (norinftc4u@gmail.com)
 
Hope to see you on August 15th!
 
Best to all.
Indiana FTC
 

E-mail Blast #2: July 1, 2015

 Teams,

1.  ServoCity
2.  Sunday, 7/12 - FIRST Teams at the Kane County Cougars Baseball Game, reserve tickets by 7/9
3.  Reminder State Championship will be a 2 day event1. 
4.  New Technology Information & Updates 
5.  Wednesday, 7/15 Gear Up with FTC Summer Virtual Conference
6. Saturday, 7/27, Teams needed to demo at Rockford Off Season Competition

1. ServoCity announces their support of FIRST Tech Challenge Teams.
For those of you who might not know, ServoCity sells many parts and servos that are allowed under the Robot Rules in Game Manual Part 1. The 2015-16 Game Manual Part 1 will be available around July 7th on the USFIRST.org site
ServoCity is ....
 
Visit the Actobotics FIRST Hub to learn more:
 
NOTE: Again be sure to check 15-16 Game Manual Part 1 Robot Rules before purchasing any parts that are not Tetrix or Matrix. When in doubt post a question on the Question and Answer forum before purchasing. 2015-16 Game Manual Part 1 should be released next week.

2. Sun., 7/12 ,1:00 p.m.- FIRST Teams at the Kane County Cougars Baseball Game - 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, IL
Gear It Forward, FRC #2338 is hosting their 2nd annual FIRST at the Kane County Cougars game on July 12.  
Gates open 12:00
Reserve tickets by emailing: Ksknopf@yahool.com by July 9th
All levels of FIRST teams in the area, their families, and fans are invited to come out for a fun day of FIRST and baseball. Tickets are $5 each. 
It’s Kids Eat Free day, and all children between 3-10 will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and small soda.
 
 
3. 2016 Illinois State Championship - 2 Day event
Reminder - the Illinois State Leadership Team is making plans to increase the number of teams at the championship.
This means teams should plan on a day and 1/2 event with Friday night inspections and judging  - and Saturday matches.
Most likely will cost $200/team
 
4. New Technology Information & Updates
Be sure to check the FTC Technology Forum for updates and information
First new platform training module released
www.first.intelitek.com
 
5. Wednesday, 7/15, TBA, Gear Up with FTC in the Classroom - Virtual Conference
For 2015, the Gear Up with FTC conference is focused on the theme of FTC in the Classroom, and while the content will be focused on classroom content and for educators, there will be useful information for the entire FTC community as well.
The time has not been announced. Check this link for the time. The workshops will be recorded and posted at this link, too. 
 
 
6. Sat., 7/27, Demo at Rockford FRC Off - Season Competition, 
 9-5:30
Contact Chris McGee for more information:  chris.magee@rps205.com
2 hour shifts 

Finally, 
 
Sue Kunzeman & Jonathan Weiland
Illinois FIRST FTC Copartners
 
Sravan Suryadevara
Jr. FTC Partner
 

Email Blast #1: May 28, 2015

Summary(not links to paragraphs):
Outreach Opportunities
US FTC Registration Open
US FTC Grants
New Platform Information
Summer Workshops
2015-16 Illinois League Play - Northern Illinois
            League Play is coming to Chicago
2015-16 Illinois Qualifier Dates 
2016      Illinois State Championship
 
Outreach Opportunities:  Looking for FTC Teams to Demo If your team is available to demo at any of these events, email: ftc-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org
·         June 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Grayslake, College of Lake Country, Robotics Festival
·         June 25 & 26 Techweek- Chicago, Merchandise Mart,
o   Slots  (choose 1 or both)
o   9 AM - 1 PM and 1 PM - 5 PM. contact Mari Miller <mmiller@usfirst.org>
·         Chicago Children's Museum. Thursday Nights –with FLL teams contact Katrina Adams kadams@usfirst.org  Arrive 4:30 until 8
o   June 18th
o    July 16th
o   August 20th
·         July 27-Rockford –Rock the River
·         Aug. 22, TBD, Springfield, State Fair
·         Sept. 29 & 30, TBD, Rosemont, SMTA, Trade Show with Robot Alley- contact Katrina Adams kadams@usfirst.org
 
 
Help Wanted - FTC Teams to Demo 
Would your team and robot be available to demo this summer?
Contact us and we will put your team on a demo email list. 
 
US FTC Registration
Registration is now open.
"FTC Storefront Walkthrough" video will take you through the registration process and pricing.
 
NOTE: 
1.      Apply for grants first.
2.      Next 2 coaches must pass YPP screening.
3.      Be ready to pay for everything at one time.
 
US FTC Grants
Apply now
Rookies - $575 (covers $275 registration + $300 product cost)
Veteran Teams - $275 (covers registration)
 
 
New Platform Info 
The FTC Forum: FTC Technology page is a good resource 
For a more in-depth video about platform check out this video recording of Thomas Eng, FTC Engineer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5omOF2WvI8M#t=2619
Java Programming Training:
Specific FTC training is coming
FREE Java Tutorials are available on Oracle's website:
Thomas recommended doing at least the first three under "Trails Covering the Basics."
 
 
Summer FTC Workshops
Starting July 11  sign up https://goo.gl/HDj8lJ
Later this summer after the new platform equipment becomes available, we will be working on arranging workshops around the state for mentors and team members. 
 
2015-16 Illinois League Play - Northern Illinois
League Play FAQ
What is league play- https://goo.gl/D0F87D
Indicate league play interest by filling out this Google form: http://goo.gl/TyPmBs
 
2015-16 Illinois FTC Qualifiers
Most likely will cost $150/qualifier
Looking for 1-2 more qualifier organizers for Northern Illinois
Apply using this Google form: http://goo.gl/MtzMcE
NOTE: The below dates are subject to change. Official announcement will be made in August/September.
 
Tentative League/Qualifier Schedule
 
November 14/24 
  First Round of League Play
December
                Second Round of League Play
Dec. 5    Qualifier Peoria - Manual High School, Central Illinois
Dec. ?    Qualifier Chicago Event Needed-likely needed
Dec 19   Qualifier/Meet? Highland Park High School
January
                 League Championship
Jan. 23    Qualifier CMSA - Chicago
Jan. 30    Qualifier Batavia - Chicago West Suburb
Jan. 30    Qualifier SIU Carbondale, Southern Illinois
February
Feb. 6      Qualifier Decatur - Hope Academy, Central Illinois
State Championship          
 
2016 Illinois State Championship
The Illinois State Leadership Team is making plans for a 40 team state championship.
This means teams should plan on a day and 1/2 event with Friday night inspections and judging and Saturday matches.
Most likely will cost $200/team
 
Questions?

Have a great summer!

Jonathan Weiland & Sue Kunzeman
Sravan Suryadevara
Illinois FTC Leadership Team 
 
 

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