FIRST has partnered with the crowdsourcing organization DonorsChoose.org. Partial funding for FIRST team materials is now available to U.S. public and charter school teachers, thanks to #NewsCorp & #DonorsChoose. Teachers can receive funding for robot parts, tools, 3D printers, or any other team materials! Learn more.
This opportunity is open to any educator in a public or public charter school located in the United States who is employed full time by the school or school district and works directly with students at least 75 percent of the time. In the spirit of the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding model, this campaign will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project.
Priority for funding is given to registered FIRST teams, schools, and school districts that demonstrate and support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion efforts from FIRST.
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TODAY at 1pm ET, the STEM in 30 page will host a “Robotics Live Chat” Facebook Live featuring the National Air and Space Museum’s robotics expert Paul Ceruzzi and two FIRST participants from the teams featured in the main episode: Dishaa Bhat from FIRST LEGO League team Cascades Thunderbots (Facebook), and Emma Holincheck from FIRST Robotics Competition Aegis Robotics (Facebook: Centreville Robotics), who is also an alum of and mentor of a FIRST Tech Challenge team.
The error messages on the FIRST Tech Challenge events pages have been resolved. The pages are up and functioning.
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STEM in 30 is an interactive classroom program consisting of 30-minute webcasts that engage middle school students in STEM topics ranging from WWI airplanes to rovers on Mars.
Their first episode of the season, "Robotics: FIRST There Were People, Then There Were Machines," features FIRST teams from both FIRST Chesapeake and Virginia Washington DC FIRST LEGO League!
This episode will be available for viewing beginning Thursday September 13th at 11 am. https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30
Thank you VA-DC FLL for your assistance in the filming of this episode.
The 2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Workshop Presentation folders are now available to teams. They can also be found on the FTC Kick Off and Workshops Sponsored by ECPI University webpage.
Blocky Programming: https://drive.google.com/open?
OnBot Java Tutorial by Absolute Zero: https://drive.google.com/open?
Session 3 Authonomous Block Programming: https://drive.google.com/open?
Can't make it to a FIRST Tech Challenge kickoff event? Make your own! Grab your #STEMsquad and watch Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires for the live game reveal. Show starts Saturday September 8th at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Watch the FIRST Chesapeake blog for more information later this week about Saturday's events!
This season FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshops sponsor ECPI has generously made their technology available for teams to share several of the presentations in an online format. Teams who are unable to attend in person are able to watch the sessions listed below. We are excited to be able to offer this to our teams and welcome your feedback as to what we can do to provide more resources like this to teams in the future.
FTC Welcome - https://ecpi.zoom.us/j/783847487
10:30am Diversity in FIRST - https://ecpi.zoom.us/j/261716854
12:30pm Programming Java – https://ecpi.zoom.us/j/541102210
2:00pm Fundraising and Sustainability - https://ecpi.zoom.us/j/873737587
3:30pm World Championship Inspire Team Round Table - https://ecpi.zoom.us/j/726673559
For descriptions of the workshop sessions, click here.
For workshop schedule, click here.