Rapid React Coach Email Volume 7: 9-21-21 – District Event schedule has been updated & posted to firstwa website.
If you are new to this email this is the place where you will find all of the Washington specific FIRST Robotics Competition information. Coaches in the FIRST system for the RAPID REACT season will be added once teams are able to register for events. 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 is what I have for you today:
- First FRC Coaches Chat scheduled for Thursday, Sept 23rd
- FRC District Event Schedule is now posted
- FIRST Washington Registration is open
- Off Season Event info – New info about an event in Bellevue!
- FTC Tuesday’s with Kevin – agenda for the week
First FRC Coaches Chat Scheduled for 7:00 pm, Thursday, Sept 23rd & 7:00 pm
Please join us for our first coaches chat of the season! We will be going over the event schedule, talking about event preferencing and how that works (for our new folks) and going over our current plan for the season based on what we know.
This is also an opportunity for FRC coaches to connect, check in with each other and problem solve as a group. Feel free to forward this information to any mentors you would like to attend.
Topic: FRC Coaches Chat
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FRC District Event Schedule for 21/22 is posted
The District event schedule has been posted and updated as of this morning. You can view that schedule on the FRC Program page of our website. Event preferencing will for first round of events will open October 14.
FIRST Washington Registration is Open
We have shifted gears a bit and changed our FIRST Washington Grant form to a FIRST Washington Registration form. We will still offer grants and there is a spot on the form where you can choose to be considered for a grant. It is important to capture certain demographic for all of our teams so we can continue to raise funds to support our teams as well as our programs which means we need all teams to fill out the registration form. This form will not close but to be considered for a grant, you must complete the form by October 29.
Registration link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/9dfebe9fcdac41d89994759f7150002f
Off Season Event Info
The event at Jackson High School (hosted by 2910) went off without a hitch last weekend! Seems like teams and volunteers alike were happy to finally get to be back together!
1) Robot Rodeo, Wilsonville, OR – Hosted by 1425 Oct 9:
Robot Rodeo – is a one-day event for the first 24 teams to sign up. It will be in the format of a District Qualifier on the real field, with scheduled matches and a playoff, to give teams the chance to roundup their robots and get their new drive team members familiar with the rhythm of a season event. The emphasis will be on getting every robot and drive team run time, so there will be plenty of help, patience and gracious professionalism available. Don’t worry if your drive team is new or your robot isn’t doing everything it was back in 2019. Get the straw out of that robot and come have some fun! In past years this has been a “Girls Gen” event, but this year in the spirit of helping all teams get “back in the saddle”, any and all drive team configurations are welcome. 2021 Infinite Recharge rules will apply.
Register to attend this event October 9th.
2) Robot Reboot Reborn!, Bellevue, WA: – New Information 2412, Robototes, has taken over the cancelled Auburn event with a few changes. The event date is now Oct 15-17 (potentially a 2 day event)
The Robototes, Team 2412 invites to you join us at Sammamish High School in Bellevue October 16 and 17, 2021! Our plan is for setup Friday night and Saturday AM with potential early load-in Friday night. Matches to run Saturday and Sunday. Cost will be $250 for the first robot, $100 for the second. If you are interested in coming to this event fill out our form at Infinite Reboot Reborn ASAP. We will take all teams registered for the Auburn event and then others as space is available up to 24 teams. First bots will be given preference. Payment details TBD. Concerns or questions: email Laura Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org .
*This event will be run based on current COVID Protocols and Policies. Masks will be required for all attendees and Team size may be limited.
4) Robot Rewind, Spokane, WA hosted by 2147 Oct 30:
“Robot Rewind” hosted by CHUCK Team 2147 is coming soon. The off-season event is a chance to play FIRST Infinite Recharge on the PNW District’s competition field. We do expect Robot Rewind to be competitive and FUN! This is a great training opportunity to get new team members involved early in the year, or another chance for your drivers to practice before the next season kicks off in January!
Where: West Valley High School -Spokane, WA- Centrally located within driving distance for teams in East/West Washington, Idaho, Montana, and maybe even Western Canada (“EH”).
When: October 30th 2021
Registration Fee: $250 first robot, $300 two robots, (Rookie Teams $0)
Event Website & Registration Link: chuck2147.com/robot-rewind
Questions/ Volunteer: email email@example.com
5) Storm Surge, Vancouver, WA hosted by 2811 Oct 30:
Come join the Skyview StormBots for StormSurge on October 30th. While it can be scary to try a new venue, we encourage you to bring your best costumes and candy to the north end of Vancouver, WA and graciously celebrate with us as we cooperatively compete together in Infinite Recharge!
Questions, to volunteer or register email: Lucas Glassett Lucas.Glassett@vansd.org
FTC Tuesday’s With Kevin 5-6:30 pm
Last year Kevin Ross started having online meetings for FTC students to help with their skill building. We realized that many FRC students could also benefit from these meetings since many of the skills are the same.
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 next two Tuesday’s with Kevin!
9-21: Kevin will be talking about how your team can use onshape CAD to design your robot. Onshape works very well with groups of students sharing CAD files. Come find out how it can work for you.
Who should attend: Your design & CAD team or anyone who wants to learn how to use Onsape to CAD. No experience needed!
9-28: Come listen to Mike Magruder who will talk about source code control. Come learn how your team can use git & github to make your programming efforts more efficient & safe.
Who should attend: Your Programming team or students who want to learn about programming. No experience needed!
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
Oct 21: FRC Coaches Chat
Nov 8: OSPI Grant closes (WA public school teams)
Have a great week!
Director of Programs