Gear Up with FTC!

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The FIRST Tech Challenge Virtual Summer Conference: Gear Up with FTC in the Classroom!

The FIRST Tech Challenge Virtual Summer Conference brings together FTC mentors, coaches, and teams with experts, vendors, and sponsors. Gear Up with FTC goes beyond the robot basics to the bigger picture. It connects experts and teams from around the world. It helps FTC mentors, coaches, and teams take their skills to the next level.

For 2015, the Gear Up with FTC conference was focused on the theme of FTC in the Classroom, and while the content was focused on classroom content and for educators, there was be useful information for the entire FTC community as well. You can access presentations and the slides by clicking on the links under "Presentation Materials" below.

EST Time Zone

Wed., July 15

Presentation Description

Presentation Materials

3:00 pm

The FIRST Education Strategy

presented by Jamie Sachs, Director of Digital Learning Solutions, FIRST

Find out about the new initiatives FIRST is working on to enable teachers to bring robotics into their classroom with ease and support. Watch on YouTube | Presentation Slides (pdf)
4:00 pm

FIRST in the Classroom

presented by Shelly Gaydos, Hammond High Magnet School FTC Teams #9661 and #8647

This presentation is for teachers and mentors who want to expand the program into the high school or junior high curriculum. Watch on YouTube | Presentation Slides (pdf)
5:00 pm

TETRIX Robotics and Blended Learning

presented by Doug Alexander & Lincoln School Team #2963

Teaching TETRIX Online: Self-Paced Robotics & Blended Learning Watch on YouTube | Presentation Slides (pdf)
6:00 pm

Our Rookie Year

presented by Keira Ahem & Boston Collegiate Charter School Team Technado

The rookie year in FIRST Tech Challenge can be difficult, but it is so worth it! Learn about some strategies and tips that may be able to help rookie teams on their journey. Watch on YouTube | Presentation Slides (pdf)
7:00 pm

More Than Robots

presented by FTC Team #3595, FTC Team #5972, FTC Team #4082, and FRC Team #3132

Gear up with the creators of three online robotics communities as they talk about the benefits both in and out of the classroom! Join FTC Team #5972 the Patronum Bots, FTC Team #4082 RoboSpartans, FTC Team #3595 Schrödinger’s Hat, and FRC Team #3132 Thunder Down Under to learn about how educators and team members can become involved with the global FIRST community. Watch on YouTube | Presentation Slides (pdf)


Gear Up with FTC! Archives

All the 2014 Gear Up with FTC! videos can be watched via the FIRST Tech Challenge YouTube Channel Gear Up with FTC! 2014 Virtual Summer Conference playlist. Presentation details and material links are available on the 2014 Gear Up with FTC! Archive document.