FTC Blog: Volume 24

Review our 2024-25 Season Changes

We are excited to share with you the changes coming to the event structure in Washington next season.  Please watch the recording of the coaches chat to learn more. 

We will continue to talk about these changes as we prepare for the season, but I strongly encourage adult leadership to thouroughly watch the video so it isn’t a shock when the season starts. 

Please fill out our end of year survey

We had a great season last year and are so excited with the growth we saw in FTC. 

This is the time of year where we reflect on last season and figure out how to do even better next season!  Your input is very important to that process.  Please take a moment to fill out our end of year survey so we can include your feedback as we look ahead to the 2024/25 season. 

FTC Blog: Volume 23

Join the Coaches Chat tonight at 7:00pm!

We are excited to share with you the changes coming to the event structure in Washington next season.  Do to that, we will be having a coaches chat.  I strongly recommend that you have one adult from your team attend this meeting so you will be prepared for the changes moving forward.  Meeting info below:

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 219 652 997 344

Passcode: fNEfTb

Please fill out our end of year survey

We had a great season last year and are so excited with the growth we saw in FTC. 

This is the time of year where we reflect on last season and figure out how to do even better next season!  Your input is very important to that process.  Please take a moment to fill out our end of year survey so we can include your feedback as we look ahead to the 2024/25 season. 

FTC Blog: Volume 22

Some big changes are coming to the event structure for the 2024/25 season!

We are excited to share with you the changes coming to the event structure in Washington next season.  Do to that, we will be having a coaches chat.  I strongly recommend that you have one adult from your team attend this meeting so you will be prepared for the changes moving forward.  Meeting info below:

What:  FTC Coaches Chat

When:  Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm

Meeting link: Join the meeting now

 

Please fill out our end of year survey

We had a great season last year and are so excited with the growth we saw in FTC.  This is the time of year where we reflect on last season and figure out how to do even better next season!  Your input is very important to that process.  Please take a moment to fill out our end of year survey so we can include your feedback as we look ahead to the 2024/25 season.  Click here to access the survey

Some big changes are coming to the event structure for the 2024/25 season!

We are excited to share with you the changes coming to the event structure in Washington next season.  Do to that, we will be having a coaches chat.  I strongly recommend that you have one adult from your team attend this meeting so you will be prepared for the changes moving forward.  Meeting info below:

What:  FTC Coaches Chat

When:  Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm

Meeting link: Join the meeting now

 

Please fill out our end of year survey

We had a great season last year and are so excited with the growth we saw in FTC.  This is the time of year where we reflect on last season and figure out how to do even better next season!  Your input is very important to that process.  Please take a moment to fill out our end of year survey so we can include your feedback as we look ahead to the 2024/25 season.  Click here to access the survey

FTC Blog: Volume 21

End of year OSPI Reports are due March 31

It is time to login and complete your mandatory year-end report for your FTC OSPI grant award! 

The person with access to the report will be the one who created the login and submitted the grant application(s). If you are not the primary applicant, please coordinate with the person who does need to submit the report through the grant portal.  

You can log in here: https://webportalapp.com/sp/firstwa_ftc 

This report will be due Mar 31, 2024, for all FTC schools. 

As a reminder, completion of this report is a requirement for eligibility to receive this grant funding in the 2024-25 school year.  

Thank you for your support and for your honest feedback while completing the report. 

 If you have any questions, need help, or feel like you are not able to meet the due date due to extenuating circumstances please contact grants@firstwa.org. 

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.