Team Blast - 08-28-14

FTC Team E-mail Blast

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Contents:

  1. FTC Kickoff is 8 Days Away!
  2. Lab VIEW Coming Soon!
  3. PTC Team Grants Available! 
  4. AndyMark Will Now be the Source for New FTC Fields and Game Elements! 
  5. New Team Reflection Resources! 

    


1.  Are you excited for the brand new 2014-2015 FTC Game Release on Saturday, September 6th? Find a Kickoff event near you! 


2. LabVIEW for the 2014-2015 Season

National Instruments generously donates LabVIEW for Lego Mindstorms to all FTC Teams. Access to the free download will be available on 9/2/2014 through National Instrument’s website. A link to the site will be made available after your team has followed all requirements to register for the season, and only valid FTC Teams are able to request a serial number for the full version of the software. Mac users must request a copy of the DVD, and the option to request it will also be on National Instrument’s website.

If you are a returning team, and still have last season’s DVD and serial number, you may continue to use that throughout the 2014-2015 season. 


3.  Our generous CAD and Collaboration Sponsor, PTC has an exciting new FTC Grant Opportunity! The deadline for the PTC Grant application is September 12th, so apply soon. You can find the PTC Grant Application here! Learn more about PTC Grant opportunities here


4.  AndyMark will now be the source for new FTC Fields and Game Elements! This means that you can now purchase a full FTC field or half field set right from AndyMark after Kickoff on 9/6/14. We will also have a DIY guide available after 9/6/14 so that you are able to also build your own practice fields. This will be located on our FTC Game Page,  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game. 


5.  Self-Reflection is an essential life skill and we've developed a brand new resource to help you be more successful! Read more about our Team Judging Session Self-Reflection Sheet on our Blog! You can find a copy of our Team Judging Self-Reflection Sheet on our FTC Team Resources webpage. 

Find all of our Virtual Summer Conference presentations here! 

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