Freight Frenzy Coach Email Volume 9: 10/12/21 – Leagues have been posted
Greetings Coaches & Mentors!
If you are new to this email this is the place where you will find all of the Washington specific FIRST Tech Challenge information. Coaches in the FIRST system for the FREIGHT FRENZY season will be added weekly. Every email from me will be numbered and that number lets you know which update it is, if you miss an update you can find it on our website.
Here are the updates I have for you today.
- Leagues have ben posted
- Slides & Recording from the Oct 7 coaches chat are posted
- Invoices for FIRST Washington registration fees will go out the week of 10-25
- OSPI Grant Deadline, November 8
- Schedule for FTC Tuesday’s with Kevin
21/22 Leagues have been posted
Those teams that have registered both with FIRST HQ and FIRST Washington have been placed into leagues. You can view your league assignment here
All teams placed into leagues, should receive an email from their League Coordinator by the end of the week next week with more details as to their specific event.
Slides & Recording from the October 7 FTC Coaches Chat are posted!
If you missed the coaches chat last Thursday, we have posted the slides on our website. To view the slides & recording, click here. If you did not attend the meeting, I strongly recommend you at least look through the slide deck. There is a lot of important information as well as a preview to an upcoming change to our COVID policy in the next week.
Invoices for local participation fees will be sent out the week of October 25 to teams registered with FIRST Washington!
In order to participate in the events your team must be registered both with FIRST HQ (In New Hampshire) and FIRST Washington. Once you have registered with both organizations, your information will appear in the League list on our website (link above) In order to participate in your league event, you will need to secure your registration with either a check or po from your school. Payment instructions will be included with your invoice.
For those teams that registered prior to the updated grant cut off date of October 11, you will be considered for a FIRST Washington Grant to help reduce your local registration fees.
Public schools can apply for a grant through OSPI
If you are a public school, you can apply for an iGrant. The deadline to submit an application is November 8. Contact your school admin to find out how to apply for this grant.
FTC Tuesday’s With Kevin 5:00 – 6:30 pm every Tuesday
This year Kevin is plans to organize various topics for his Tuesday afternoon workshops and we plan to post those topics and descriptions at the end of our regular team blast. Here is the information for the this weeks Tuesday’s with Kevin!
On 10/12/21 at 5pm FTC Tuesdays with Kevin will be designing an arm for this year’s game. Starting with just a base design, we will consider options using a CAD program. We will determine the limits of the arm, consider some construction ideas. We will also how to calculate the loads, motor torque, and hopefully end up with a full arm design in about 45 minutes. This can be a useful exercise for your team.
On 10/19/21 at 5pm, FTC Tuesdays with Kevin will be talking about FTC judging and the FTC Engineering Portfolio vs the Engineering Notebook. If you want to do well at FTC judging, come hear about how the process works. Find out about how you can generate a good impression with the judges. You will be able to ask questions to a FTC World Judge Advisor.
Here is the link to join the meetings. The link will stay the same from week to week. Feel free to forward this info to the students & mentors on your team!
Important Dates & Deadlines
Nov 2: Coaches Chat
Nov 8: OSPI Grant closes (Public schools only)
Have a great week everyone!
FTC Program Delivery Partner
Director of Programs