FRC Blog: Volume 16

Coaches Chat Thursday Feb. 15th at 7:00pm

Our next Coaches Chat is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 pm. It is important you have an adult in attendance at this meeting. We will be going over our events at a high level and talking about when you will be receiving event specific information for each of your events.

Your team is responsible to know this information.

Event Accommodations

In the PNW we work very hard to accommodate the needs of our students and Mentors.  We can’t always accommodate everythign but we work hard to come up with the best solution possible so every participant can have a great experience. 

To do this, we need your help.  We can’t accommodate things we don’t know about AND it is very difficult for us to make plans for accommodations once our FRC event season has started.   To help ensure a great experience for everyone, we have come up with a form that teams can fill it ouf they have participants that need specific accommodations.  Please fill out this form to let us know about any accommodations you team may have. 

Again, I would like to reiterate, we can’t promise we can accommodate every need but we will make every effort. 

Workshops & Quiet Rooms at Events

I know many of our teams look forward to hosting workshops at events which we think is outstanding but takes a bit of planning on our part. The window is closing for submitting to host a workshop at an event this season.

Note: If you are interested in presenting at DCMP, feel free to enter that here, if you don’t qualify, we will confirm with you prior to scheduling your workshop.

We are still looking for quiet room hosts for all of our FRC events this season. 5588 provides a tote that rides on the truck with quiet room supplies.

We ask that our host be willing to set up the quiet room and make sure it is manned with 2 adults during the period of time that it is open. Many of our hosts will work with other teams to staff the quiet room so their adults are not responsible to staff it for the entire event. If you are interested in being a quiet room host, please fill out this form. In the event we get two teams willing to host, we will connect them so they can work together to provide a quiet space for our participants.

This form will close on Feb 13 and you will no longer be able to sign up to host a workshop.

Menstrual Equity at Events

What is Menstrual Equity?

Menstrual Equity refers to the idea that everyone should be provided access to affordable menstrual hygiene products. Lack of access to products can cause discomfort and health risks such as reproductive tract infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome.

The goal of m.e. FIRST is to provide everybody with free pads and tampons at FRC competitions to remove the financial barriers related to menstruation.

How to Help?

Your team can help with this project by signing up as a m.e. FIRST Ambassador to assist in providing menstrual products available at your events. This includes placing menstrual products in the bathrooms and making care packages for teams to keep with them throughout the event. If you’re interested or have any questions, please reach out to 2980m.e@gmail.com.

Submit a Thank You Video to the Washington State Legislature

FIRST Washington is hosting a Legislative Day on February 20th at the capitol building, where board members and staff will be advocating for STEAM funding on behalf of FIRST Washington teams. But we need your help!

We need teams from all over the state to submit impactful videos showing the legislature why FIRST Washington programs are important to you!

Your video does not have to be fancy, and we encourage everyone to get creative!

But it should include the details below –

Your team saying “Thank you to our State Legislators ______ and Governor Inslee for supporting FIRST Washington!”
We are FIRST Washington team NAME, NUMBER, from SCHOOL in CITY.
What does FIRST Washington mean to us?
Show what your team has been doing this season and how support from the legislature has helped your team.
The video should be no longer than 5 minutes.

 Please send a shareable link with the video file to Outreach Manager Adrianna Miller adriannam@firstwa.org by February 14th at 5:00pm.

The email should contain your – Program, team number, team name, school, city.

It helps if you post your video on your team’s YouTube page and share the link with us, or have it online somewhere. This will be easier for us to show the videos to your legislators.

Event Pages are LIVE!

Our event pages are live! Currently, we have the event location, schedule and team list posted but more information will be added as we get closer to the events.  You can access that information on our website here:  https://firstwa.org/competitions/  

FTC Blog: Volume 20

Every team is invited to submit for the Promote and Compass award

Every team is invited to submit for the Promote and Compass award.

For many of you, the official robot play has ended for the season.  There are two awards that are judged at state, however, that all teams are eligible to submit for, the Promote and Compass Awards.
You can find more information on these awards in the Game Manual Part 1  If your team is interested in submitting for either of these awards, you will need to fill out the submission form by 5 pm Wednesday, January 31st.  You can access the submission form here. You must submit a separate entry for each award.
 
Please note, you do not need to be present to win the award but all teams are welcome to attend our State Championship event at Amazon.  If your team did not qualify and is interested in attending, please contact me. 

Submit a video thank you to the Washington State Legislature

FIRST Washington is hosting a Legislative Day on February 20th at the capitol building, where board members and staff will be advocating for STEAM funding on behalf of FIRST Washington teams. But we need your help! 

Interested in helping out? We need teams from all over the state to submit impactful videos showing the legislature why FIRST Washington programs are important to you! 

Your video does not have to be fancy, and we encourage everyone to get creative! 

But it should include the details below –

  1. Your team saying “Thank you to our State Legislators ______ and Governor Inslee for supporting FIRST Washington!”
  2. We are FIRST Washington team NAME, NUMBER, from SCHOOL in CITY.
  3. What does FIRST Washington mean to us? 
  4. Show what your team has been doing this season and how support from the legislature has helped your team. 

The video should be no longer than 5 minutes. Please send a shareable link with the video file to Outreach Manager Adrianna Miller adriannam@firstwa.org by February 14th at 5:00pm.

The email should contain your – Program, team number, team name, school, city. 

It helps if you post your video on your team’s YouTube page and share the link with us, or have it online somewhere. This will be easier for us to show the videos to your legislators. 

 

FTC Blog: Volume 19

Every team is invited to submit for the Promote and Compass award

For Many of you, the official robot play has ended for the season.  There are two awards that are judged at state, however, that all teams are eligible to submit for, the Promote and Compass Awards.  You can find more information on these awards in the Game Manual Part 1  If your team is interested in submitting for either of these awards, you will need to fill out the submission form by 5 pm Wednesday, January 31st.  You can access the submission form here  You must submit a separate entry for each award. 

 Please note, you do not need to be present to win the award but all teams are welcome to attend our State Championship event at Amazon.  If your team did not qualify and is interested in attending, please contact me  

 

FTC Washington State Championship

We are two weeks away from the FTC Washington State Championship, which will take place at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle.

Almost all volunteer positions are filled for this event, but we do have room for a few more Judges! If you’re interested in joining, follow the steps below to sign up. 

Remember, if your team is competing that event, you cannot Judge. If your team did not advance to the Championship, we highly reccomend Judging, as it’s a great way to learn how our highest caliber teams operate. There are only a few spots left, so sign up today!

 

Judge Role Description:

The primary role of a Judge is to interview teams, and to decide which teams deserve an award based on team interviews, the robot, match play, and the engineering portfolio.  Judges are paired in groups of 2 – 3 to interview a set number of teams before the competition begins as well as interviews in the pit area.

Prerequisite: FIRST experience. BlueVolt training courses. Minimum Age Requirement: 18+ and post high school or equivalent allowed to serve in this role with HQ approval, 21 preferred.

How to  Register as an Event Volunteer:

1. Log in to your FIRST dashboard.

2. Once you’ve logged in, select Volunteer Registration on your Dashboard.

3. Then select Event Volunteering. On Event Filters, pick the program you wish to volunteer with (FTC).

4. Select the event you wish to volunteer at (Washington State Championship – FTC).

5. Under Volunteer Roles, select the role you wish to fill (Judge).

6. For the Dates Available field select all dates. (this is a one day event)

7. Lastly, select the Begin Youth Protection Screening button and follow the prompts to submit your free-of-charge background check. If you’re a coach or registered mentor, you’ve likely already completed this step. 

FRC Blog: Volume 15

Coaches Chat Canceled this Thursday (1/18)

I do not have anything that I can’t send via email and I know you are all busy working with your students on your robot.  Make sure you attend our February Coaches Chat, we will be talking about the March events during that meeting

Event Accommodations

In the PNW we work very hard to accommodate the needs of our students and Mentors.  We can’t always accommodate everythign but we work hard to come up with the best solution possible so every participant can have a great experience. 

To do this, we need your help.  We can’t accommodate things we don’t know about AND it is very difficult for us to make plans for accommodations once our FRC event season has started.   To help ensure a great experience for everyone, we have come up with a form that teams can fill it ouf they have participants that need specific accommodations.  Please fill out this form to let us know about any accommodations you team may have. 

Again, I would like to reiterate, we can’t promise we can accommodate every need but we will make every effort. 

Workshops & Quiet Rooms at Events

It seems we went back to a more Pre-COVID style of events last season which was outstanding!!! I had many teams reach out about hosting workshops or special activities at events AND we had a quiet room at almost all of our events which is fantastic!!

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in hosting the quiet room or a workshop at your events. Feel free to include District Championships if you like, we will not expect you to host if you do not qualify for the event. This form must be filled out by February 13th for you to be considered for hosting a workshop. Please do not reach out to the event hosts directly, all workshops or activities need to be coordinated through the FIRSTWA staff.

Washington State STEM Advocacy Conference hosted by 2412

On March 9th, the 2412 Robototes testified in favor of a bill that they crafted with the help of Sen. Lisa Wellman in front of the Washington State.

This bill has since passed and is now Washington State Law. We want to provide you with the strategies and resources to do the same, which is why we’re hosting our first Annual STEM Advocacy Conference.

This conference will be held Saturday, January 20th from 5-8pm and is open to all PNW teams. Teams that attend will be given the opportunity to work with former legislator Chad Magendanz and current Bellevue School Board Member Jane Aras to learn and improve strategies to better advocate for the resources that you need to strive as a PNW team.

Click the button to sign up. All students from all teams welcome!

Got Questions? robototesadvocacy@robototes.com 

FTC Blog: Volume 18

Advancement from this weekends’ Interleague Events are LIVE!

Congratulations to all teams that competed this weekend, this was a tough challenge and you all rose to the occasion and did a fantastic job! 

32 teams will move on to your State Championship event on February 3rd at the Amazon Meeting Center. Because Watt was postponed, we have advancement for 26 of the 32 teams after this weekend.  

To see which teams advanced, click the button below. 

The Championship event at Amazon is a public event but we do have to do a bit of work ahead of time to make things easier for teams to enter quickly upon arrival. For those teams advancing, watch for an email from me next week with more info. For teams that want to attend just to watch, reach out to me and I can include you in the info I send to our advancing teams. 

 

FTC Watt Interleague Reschedule

The FTC Watt Interleague was originally supposed to take place last weekend, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. The event was rescheduled and will take place on Sunday, January 21st at Capitol High School.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Marak@firstwa.org.

Scrimmage Opportunity: