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2013 NorCal FTC Kickoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Edelman   
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:28

NorCal FTC Community -

Excitement is building for the FTC Kickoff on Saturday Sep. 7th at The
Play Space in San Jose!

We are planning for a day full of FTC Fun!

8:30am Doors Open
9:00am-11:00am Workshops (rookie team focus)

11:30am Game Unveil (open to all!)
Noon-1pm Open Forum Q&A

1:30pm-3:30pm Workshops

Teams that are registered with FIRST will be eligible to receive one of
the game elements
from this year's game! (Make sure that you know your official team number).

We are looking for a small number of teams willing to present workshops.
Suggested Topics:

- Working with RobotC (rookie focus)
- Working with LabVIEW (rookie focus)
- TETRIX Equipment
- Matrix Equipment
- Getting Started with PTC Creo
- Using the FTC Game Q&A
- Scouting at Tournaments
- Engineering Notebooks

Feel free to suggest additional topics!

If your team is willing to host a workshop, please send a short email to
ftc@playingatlearning.org detailing the workshop that your team is willing
to present.


Please note that we are targeting workshops for approximately 50 minutes in


The workshops will have limited attendance and we have set up a
registration system for teams interested in attending.


To register, go to http://2013norcalftc-kickoff.eventbrite.com


See you on the 7th!

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 13:20
Northern California honored to organize FTC West SuperRegional PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:26

Northern California is honored to be selected for the inaugural Super-Regional tournament to serve the FTC West Region which encompasses the western part of mainland US plus Hawaii and Alaska.  [Regions]

If you are on facebook, there is a FTC West SuperRegional group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTCWestSuperRegional  to be a gathering place for ideas, feedback and status.

Much help is needed!  If you can help specifically with planning, please let Mark or I know.  



FTC Community,

Thanks to the efforts of FIRST volunteers, FTC has seen strong program growth and a new level of competition is needed to give the growing number of teams more opportunities to participate.  The introduction of a new advancement tier allows FTC to maintain a sustainable event structure, continue offering merit-based advancement and increase the level of competition.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, FTC teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super-Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC World Championship.

The four Super-Regional tournaments will be hosted in Northern California, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania.  These locations were selected based on timing, accessibility, safety, local support, and resources to execute a strong event.

Super-Regionals are FIRST-endorsed events and are expected to expand outside of the U.S. in the future.  Please refer to the Super-Regionals FAQ page for more information.



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 Preliminary Championship Schedule:  
Saturday 2/22:
Event Setup starts ~5pm
TEAMS: Judging / Inspections 6-8pm

Sunday 2/23:

TEAMS: Pits open at 7:30am
Opening Ceremony at 10am
Qualifying Rounds  10:30am to 3pm
 Semi & Final Rounds start at 4pm  
Award Ceremony at 5:30pm
Packout and Doors close at 7pm



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Kit of Parts ordering is through the TIMS registration site.  Teams will be directed to a page with three options to order through:

  1. AndyMark:  to order Samantha module as well as other legal robot parts
  2. Matrix Robotics: Matrix kits
  3. Pitsco: Mindstorms / Tetrix kits

 When ordering additional Tetrix parts, you should order through parts.ftcrobots.com to get FTC team discount.

IMPORTANT:   The new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is not legal for FTC for the 2013-2014  season

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