FIRST Tech Challenge Team Email Blast – September 30, 2011

Hello FTC Teams!

FTC Team email blasts contain information that we believe will help your team to be successful.

1 What’s New
2 FTC Tutorials
3 Senior Mentor Calls
4 FTC Getting Started Guide
5 Communication Survey

1 What’s New This Week: Check out our website for new updates, including:

2 FTC Tutorials – Do you want to learn how to set up your Samantha Module? Are you interested in learning about how to protect your robot from Electro Static Discharge? Check out our new FTC YouTube Channel for these topics and more. Do you want to contribute content? Send an email to with VideoContent as the subject.
3 Senior Mentor Calls – Each season FIRST’s dedicated team of Senior Mentors partner with program specialists to share helpful hints with teams. We have 3 calls scheduled for next week so be sure to mark your calendars.

For all 3 calls the Dial in Numbers are:
Toll Free 1-866-951-1151
Toll Number 1-201-590-2255
Conference Room: 7052714

Teams in Transition: FLL to FTC – what to expect, changes, challenges and what’s different

Host: Dennis Skurulsky
Experts: Tim Ewers and Cathy Swider
Date: October 3, 2011 at 7pm Eastern Time

Build Strategy: What to consider as you build your robot
Experts: Ronald Howard and Ron Pittswood
Date: October 4, 2011 at 7pm Eastern Time

Software Basics: What to expect at an event, focusing on inspection and field control.
Host: Mike Henry
Expert: Mike Nicolai
Date: October 6, 2011 at 7pm Eastern Time

For the full list of Senior Mentor Calls, please check here:

4 FTC Getting Started Guide – The New And Improved TETRIX Getting Started Guide is shipping now with Competition Kits. Using your kit from last year? Follow this link for the on-line version: After you’ve used the guide, go to our Curriculum and Classroom Resources Forum and tell us what you think.

5 Communication Survey – We’d love to know how best to reach you and your team. Please take a few moments to complete our communication survey:

~Go Team!
FTC Support
Ken, JoAnn, Lorrie, Brian, Nancy and Timm
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