FTC Teams Update – July 2, 2012


  1. Air Force Leadership Training Program selectees announced
  2. 2.       Participate in the Kick-off video for the new season
  3. Save the Date: FIRST Women in Science and Technology Forum
  4. Be a Mentor.  Start a team.  Get involved with FIRST LEGO League (FLL)!
  5. 2012 MoonBots Challenge
  6. FIRST/Brandeis Longitudinal Study
  7. The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of great character and vision. This summer, a select group of 24 FRC and FTC mentors will participate in a training opportunity to further develop the leadership skills that will help them inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.

This group of mentors was selected by a FIRST committee, which carefully reviewed approximately 250 applications submitted prior to the 5/18/12 deadline. To qualify for consideration, FRC and FTC mentors had to be K-12 teachers and describe the innovative techniques they use in the classroom to get students excited about science and technology.
The U.S. Air Force and FIRST congratulate the following mentors who have been selected to participate:

  • Christopher Andros, Phoenix, AZ
  • Julia Barry, Marietta, GA
  • David Beatley, Monroe, OR
  • Wayne Borr, Niles, MI
  • Mustafa Boyar, Tucson, AZ
  • Justin Brown, Kailua-Kona, HI
  • Lindsey Cofer, Atlanta, GA
  • Daniel Dickey, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Clayton Edwards, Ada, OK
  • Bryan Field, Jaffrey, NH
  • Ty Fredriks, Orcutt, CA
  • Aileen Hahne, Annapolis, MD
  • Eric Harper, Griffin, GA
  • David Hicks, Sun Valley, CA
  • Michael Holst, Chehalis, WA
  • Brian Huang, Aurora, CO
  • Jon Huber, Burnsville, MN
  • Ryan Johnston, Ottumwa, IA
  • Pam Kraus, Salina, KS
  • Mark Nance, Sitka, AK
  • Theresa Richards, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Luther Richardson, Columbus, GA
  • Steven Smitka, Waterford, MI
  • Erin Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  1. Do you want to be part of the Kick-off video for the 2012-2013 season?

FTC is looking for stories of FTC Alumni doing cool stuff at the collegiate level.  If you know someone who is doing work in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or Design, e-mail ftcteams@usfirst.org and use the subject line “Kick-off Video”.

  1. The 2012 FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2012 at FIRST Place and the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.  For more info, visit the WIST page.
  2. Need a Summer Robot Fix?  Be a Mentor. Start a team. Get involved with FIRST LEGO League (FLL)!  Rookie (& veteran!) FLL teams need your help! Coaching a robotics team may seem like a daunting task to them, but you know how amazing it can be. Consider lending your expertise and Gracious Professional spirit to a team near you!  Plus, it’s a great way to fine-tune your team’s engineering, teamwork, and mentoring skills. And in a few years maybe you’ll find that these FLL teams will be rookie members of your FIRST Tech Challenge team!

    Find FLL teams in your area through FIRST TeamUp.  Basics of starting an FLL team.

  3. Need something to do this summer?  Then sign up for the Google Lunar X Prize LEGO® MINDSTORMS® MoonBots 2012 Challenge.  It’s free!  Learn more at www.moonbots.org
  4. FIRST/Brandeis Longitudinal study.  Read on for more information:

This summer FIRST and the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management are joining together to launch a multi-year longitudinal study of three of FIRST’s national robotics programs:  the FIRST® LEGO League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and the FIRST® Robotics Competition.  The goals of the study are to examine the impacts of FIRST’s programs by following approximately 300-400 new participants in each program (1000 team members in all) over a period of up to five years and comparing changes in key outcomes to those of a comparison group of young people who are not involved in FIRST.  Key outcomes for the study include interest in STEM and STEM-related careers, college-going, pursuit of STEM-related college majors and careers, and development of 21st century personal and workplace-related skills.   The study will focus on a nationally representative sample of teams drawn from 10 states:  California, Texas, New York, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, Florida, Washington, and New Jersey.   FIRST and Brandeis will be contacting teams in those states over the summer to solicit their interest in participating in the study.  If contacted for the study, we hope that you will make every effort to participate in this important initiative.
Stay tuned… we will provide updates on the study as it moves forward.


Ken, JoAnn, Nancy, Mary, Lorrie, Timm and Tom


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