FTC Team Blast - 01/09/14

FTC Team E-Blast!

Contents:

    1. It's All FIRST to Me: Transitioning from FLL to FTC virtual conference
    2. FIRST is accepting proposals for World Championship Robotics Workshop
    3. Engaging Girls in STEM Hangout
    4. FLL to FTC Graduation Grants remain
    5. Team T-shirt Design Contest
    6. Check out some awesome volunteers!
    7. FTC Team featured in Robot Mag

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                FIRST Vistas in Boston

                  1.  We're hosting a virtual conference titled “It’s All FIRST To Me: Transitioning from FLL® To FTC®” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1-5 p.m. EST. Sessions include “FTC in a Nutshell,” “Starting an FTC Team,” “Finding Resources,” and “Transitioning Teams Successfully.”

                  FTC Teams (FLL graduates!) will present the workshops and Ken Johnson and Woodie Flowers will speak. If you're a new FTC Team, Mentor an FLL Team or know of an FLL Team that would make a good FTC Team, then check out the full schedule and sign up to attend on the Google+ Event Page.

                  FIRST VISTAs Ashley Brueske and Jason Barnes were photographed by the folks at PortraitsofBoston.com.  Hats off to our VISTAs for the great work they do! 

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                  2.  2014 FIRST Championship Conferences - Call for Proposals

                  FIRST is seeking presentation proposals for the eleventh annual FIRST Championship Conference.  We are looking for 45-minute workshops on topics of interest to FIRST Robotics (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams, coaches, mentors, students and prospective leaders - including, but not limited to, fundraising, sponsorship, team business planning, team sustainability, strategy, design, and programming.  Please note that travel and accommodations will not be provided by FIRST.  The deadline to submit is Monday, February 17th. For the submission form, please visit this link.

                  3.  The gap in the number of women in STEM careers is a problem many are working to solve.  On January 16, at 7 pm ET, we will hold a Live Google Hangout talking about the best strategies for engaging, mentoring and inspiring more young women to pursue STEM careers.  Register to attend on the FTC Google+ Event Page.

                  4.  There are 8 remaining FLL to FTC Graduation Grants.  Learn more here: www.usfirst.org/ftc/grow

                   
                  5.  Voting is now open for the first ever FTC T-shirt Design Contest!  Visit the photo section of the FTC Facebook page to vote for your favorites!

                  6.  FTC has awesome volunteers and we've been highlighting some in weekly blog posts.  These Volunteers have great stories and you can read all about them on the Outstanding FTC Volunteers page
                  7.  FTC Team Antipodes was featured in the most recent edition of Robot Magazine.  Congratulations Team Antipodes on your great outreach efforts!  You can get a copy of Robot Magazine here.