WRIC 8 "Dozens of High Schools Battle in Robot Competition" [video]
WUSA 9 "Robots Take Over Alexandria Competition" [video]
Richmond Times-Dispatch "Richmond area High Schools Competing in Robotics Competition This Weekend" [article]
The Virginian-Pilot "Local teens battle for glory at regional robotics competition in Portsmouth" [article]
The Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship Fund provides funding to undergraduate students pursuing biomedical engineering or pre-medical degrees.
Deadline: February 1st
For more information and a link to the application go to: https://www.firstinspires.org/scholarships/blog/dr-bart-kamen-scholarship
From FIRST Tech Challenge firstinspires.org
TensorFlow Machine Learning is now Available
Teams participating in the FIRST® Tech Challenge can now use Google’s TensorFlow Machine Learning technology to detect and track Gold and Silver game elements. Teams can access Google’s TensorFlow technology through Blocks or Java programming. TensorFlow can identify Gold and Silver game elements using either the built in camera on an Android device or through an externally connected camera. For more information check out our latest blog post!
Dean’s List Deadlines
Do you have an outstanding student on your team that embodies leadership, entrepreneurship, technical expertise and a passion to spread the word about FIRST®? Make sure to nominate them for the Dean’s List Award! November 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET will be the final time teams in West Virginia, Montana, Washington, Alaska, and Australia can make their nominations. Make sure to read the Dean’s List Nomination Guide and submit your nomination today!
Why Are You Playing With Robots?
Ken Johnson, Director of FIRST Tech Challenge, dives into why FIRST Tech Challenge is awesome, and why it’s important to help people understand what we’re all about.
“FIRST Tech Challenge is one of the only teams you can start where every single participant can ‘go pro’ at competitive salaries – all while making the world a better place. That’s what I’d tell them”. – Read more on our blog!
Rookie Grant Thank You
If your team received a grant this season, we want to hear from you! We hope the FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grant helped your team get a head start for our ROVER RUCKUS Presented by Qualcomm season! This grant wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors. This grant was funded by the DEKA Foundation and our season presenting sponsor, Qualcomm.
As part of accepting the funds for our Rookie Team Grant, we ask that you send a thank you note to your sponsors. Letters, cards, notes, pictures (and whatever else you can think of) can be sent to the following address:
Attn: FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grants
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101
You can also email us, send us a snail mail thank you, thank your sponsors on Facebook and Twitter (please remember to tag FIRST Tech Challenge and use the hashtag #SponsorThanks). Thank you in advance for sharing your season and thanks with our sponsors. We wouldn’t be here without their generous support.
Software Release Correction
Correction: The FIRST Tech Challenge Robot Controller and Driver Station software versions 4.3 have been released, not 4.2. The updated software development kit (SDK) is available at the following GitHub repository: https://github.com/ftctechnh/
The "friendly" FIRST Tech Challenge scrimmage event (originally to be held at the new Peninsula STEM Gym) on Nov 14th from 6:30-8:30 PM is being moved to Hines Middle School at 561 McLawhorne Dr. in Newport News due to an enthusiastic turn-out of teams.
Team sign up here https://goo.gl/forms/
Deadline: December 1st
Payment by check preferred, day of event
Check the event pages frequently for new information. Here are some recent updates:
- FTC Christiansburg Qualifier will now be held at the Auburn Middle School- 4163 Riner Road, Riner, VA 24149