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FIRST Re-ResQ Registration Open

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by Mannie Lowe

Registration is now open for the Inaugural Mississippi FTC Off-season event, FIRST Re-ResQ. For details, please visit this page.


Register for Kickoff Here

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Mannie Lowe

Click on this form to register for the 2015-16 Mississippi FTC Kickoff Event: Registration Link


Email Blast #02 – Nothing but Links

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Mannie Lowe
Nothing but Links - Screammage, Qual Registration, Kickoff presentations

** Nothing but Links

** A new way for you to get info
Okay - we're going to try something new for this email blast. Nothing but Links.  URL Links to information that you should be aware.  You'll be clicking away at everything.

** Upcoming Events
A list of upcoming events taking place in Mississippi and the surrounding areas.

FTC SCREAMmage - A working, building scrimmage on Saturday, October 31 at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Information and registration on our website at th (http://ftc.umcmse.com/2015-ftc-screammage/) is link (http://ftc.umcmse.com/2015-ftc-screammage/)

Qualifier Registration - Five Qualifying Tournaments to be held in December and January. You can register for one or two at this time!  Information and registration on our website at this link. (http://ftc.umcmse.com/2015-16-qualifier-registration/)

Training Opportunities - We're currently working on setting up different centralized locations for JAVA programming training.  Stay tuned to our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MississippiFTC) , Twitter (https://twitter.com/ms_ftc) , and Website (http://ftc.umcmse.com) updates for details. Also teams are able and eager to help everyone else succeed this year. You should collaborate on hosting a scrimmage or practice day and pool resources.

Arkansas FTC Championship - December 4-5, 2015 in Mountain Home, AR. Open for Wait List teams from outside Arkansas. Register at this link (http://arkansasftc.org/championship-registration.html) and possibly earn a spot to the South Super Regional (like FTC #3486 has done the past two years).

** Kickoff Presentations and Announcements
Some items of interest that you should be aware (in case you missed it, or forgot) from Kickoff:

Student Team Registration - ALL team members MUST be registered this year. Students register on the STIMS page (https://my.usfirst.org/stims/) and specify their team. Students will create an account and have the Consent & Release (C&R) form electronically signed.  Coaches: You MUST bring a copy of your team roster (retrieved from your TIMS account (https://my.usfirst.org/ftc/tims/site.lasso) ) to all events to show members that have signed C&R forms on file.

Dean's List - The Dean's List honors students' achievements throughout their FTC/FIRST career. Students are nominated by their team (up to two) and are interviewed and selected by Judges at Qualifiers.  At the Mississippi Championships, we will select two Finalists to represent the state at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Nominations are done through TIMS and MUST be uploaded at least 3 weeks before each qualifier. Details are available at the national FTC web site. (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/deans-list-award)

T-Shirt Design Competition - Hey Students! Design the Mississippi Championship Volunteer T-Shirt!!
1. Design could be on front, back, or both sides
2. Limit is 5 colors (plus shirt color)
3. Must incorporate the Game logo, the FTC logo, and one of the UM logos (Lyceum, CMSE, or script)
4. Deadline for designs is November 30, 2015.  Submit them via our website at this link. (http://ftc.umcmse.com/2015/10/10/2015-16-volunteer-t-shirt-design-contest/)
5. Voting will be done via the Internet and by the Planning Committee
6. Prizes will be shirts given to the winning team (limit of 18 shirts).  These will be printed on a different color shirt.  Sizes needed by 12/31/15.

** Links to the presentations given at Kickoff are located under the Resources tab (http://ftc.umcmse.com/resources/) on our web site.
* General Information (http://ftc.umcmse.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/07/KickoffPresentation.pdf) - by Mississippi FTC
* Cheat Sheet of Links (http://ftc.umcmse.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/07/Mississippi-FTC-Cheat-Sheet.pdf) and other Information - by Mississippi FTC
* Jobs on a Team (http://ftc.umcmse.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/07/8651-Kick-off-presentation.pdf) -  by FTC #8651-Wait For It

** Information Links
Links to lots of useful information
Mississippi Pages
* Mississippi’s FTC Website (http://ftc.umcmse.com/)
* Mississippi’s FTC Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/MississippiFTC)
* Mississippi’s FTC Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ms_ftc)  - @ms_ftc

National FTC Pages of Interest
The FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/first-future-innovator-award)  recognizes creativity in effectively solving a real-world, complex problem through the invention of a unique solution beyond the requirements of the FIRST competition season. Details available at the link above.

Make it Loud and Join in on the FUN! - FIRST is looking for a brand new way to reach others outside of our community! Since parody (or imitation) is the sincerest form of flattery, we want you to re-create your favorite song — FIRST style! Make a video. Send us the link. Make it Loud! Check out the complete rules and details. (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/2015-video-parody)
* National FTC Website (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc)
* All about the game (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game)
* FTC Forum (http://ftcforum.usfirst.org/forum.php) - Game Q&A and Technology Info

That is all for this email blast.  Please check our Facebook page and Twitter accounts often for more information as well as our web site.
If you have any questions, please send them my way.  We are one month into the season and there have been lots of game questions and answers as well as some cool ideas posted out in the Internets. Go forth and conquer.

2015-16 Volunteer T-shirt Design Contest

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Mannie Lowe

Hey Students! Design the Mississippi Championship Volunteer T-Shirt!!

  1. Design could be on front, back, or both sides
  2. Limit is 5 colors (plus shirt color)
  3. Must incorporate the Game logo, the FTC logo, and one of the UM logos (Lyceum, CMSE, or script)
  4. Deadline for designs is November 30, 2015. Submit them via the entry form below the logos.
  5. Voting will be done via the Internet and by the Planning Committee
  6. Prizes will be shirts given to the winning team (limit of 18 shirts). These will be printed on a different color shirt. Sizes needed by 12/31/15

Here are the logos to use (let us know if you need a different version)

FTCicon_RGB    FIRST_ResQFNL    PrimaryHorizontal_strokeBlue2767-186red    Picture1     2015_CMSE Logo

Please fill out this form completely:

SCREAMmage and QT Registration Links

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Mannie Lowe

Get them while they’re hot:

SCREAMmage registration

2015-16 Qualifier Registration

2015-16 Email Blast #01 – Kickoff Information

Posted on: March 1st, 2015 by Mannie Lowe

** Are You Ready?   ** FTC is about to Kickoff!!!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Mississippi FIRST Tech Challenge season! I hope everyone is excited about another exciting FTC season in Mississippi. The FTC season will kick-off on September 12, 2015 with the announcement of the new game and rules. This will be very exciting season with significant changes – every team will feel like a rookie. “Why,” do you ask? Last February, FIRST announced that the FTC program will be switching to an Android-based control system this season. More details about the new system are available at this link (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/technology) .

** FTC Kickoff Details

On Saturday, September 12, the FIRST Tech Challenge will Kickoff their 10th full season with the release of …. Nope, can’t even give you the name yet. For Mississippi teams, you are all invited to come south to Wesson and the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The agenda is below and will include the popular Guess the Game Element drawing, Q&A about the game, walk around the field, and a couple of 45-60 minute breakout sessions to get you started on the right foot for the season.

Our hosts for the Kickoff are the award-winning CoLin Seawolves Underwater Robotics Engineering (http://www.colin.edu/94-news/667-seawolves-capture-fourth-in-international-competition) team. They will provide demos of their ROV as well as sell burgers, chips, and drinks for lunch ($7.00). We appreciate all their support and congratulate them on their great showing at the
14th Annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition. Please support their team by purchasing your lunch at the Kickoff.

 Start   End   What
  8:30  9:30   Team Check-in / Mix-n-Mingle
  9:30 10:15   Kickoff Presentation
 10:15 10:45   Game Reveal / Tour of the Playing Field
 10:45 11:30   Q&A
 11:30 12:30   Lunch - Presented by CoLin Seawolves ($7.00)
 12:30  1:30   Breakout Session One
  1:30  2:30   Breakout Session Two
  2:30  2:45   Wrap-up and Close
  3:30  7:00   Team Social in McComb - Presented by Blue Crew teams

Campus map located at this link.  
Lunch Menu – Flat cost $7.00 – Choice of Hamburger or Hot Dog – Chips, Drink, and Cookie. (Drinks, chips, coffee and candy will be sold throughout the day). Proceeds benefit the Copiah-Lincoln S.U.R.E. Team.

On the Kickoff Registration form, you will have the opportunity to sign your team members up to each of the following sessions. For example, if you bring 8 members, you can send 2 to each session.

Breakout Session Classes
Session One (12:30 – 1:30)
* Drive Train Design – led by Techno Warriors Advanced
* Setting up your ZTE Speed Phones – led by Blue Crew
* Android Studio Setup – led by Dr. Kevin McKone
* Git, GitHub, and Version Control – led by Jacob Mason

Session Two (1:30 – 2:30)
* Robot Build Brainstorming – led by Blue Crew, Too – everyone participates
* How to Build with Extruded Aluminum (e.g. 80/20, Rev) – led by Techno Warriors Advanced
* Java Programming using the FTC SDK – led by Mannie Lowe, Kevin McKone, and Jacob Mason
* Other Jobs to be done on a Team – led by Wait For It

We are asking ALL teams to register (whether they are attending or not) so we can get a sense of how much food to provide and how many will be going to each Breakout Session. Please fill out the form located here: http://ftc.umcmse.com/kickoff-registration-form/.
After we are finished at CoLin, all teams are invited by FTC Teams #7398 (Blue Crew) and #8609 (Blue Crew, Too) to their location in McComb for food, fun, drinks, socializing, and volleyball. Come tour their facility and enjoy the camaraderie. Directions will be available at the Kickoff, but it’s staight south on I-55 to McComb.

** Important Reminder!

Please register your FTC Team as soon as possible. Right now, we only have 10 teams registered. We have five qualifiers (and perhaps a sixth) booked on the calendar. We need all our teams and several new teams to get going so we can max out the QTs. Register your team at https://my.usfirst.org/ftc/tims/site.lasso today!

That is all for this email blast. There will be more shortly discussing the Calendar of Qualifiers along with when you can register, a possible training schedule with the new platform, and other events and news that you should be aware of.  If you have any questions, please send them my way. I hope the school year has started on the right foot. The FTC Season is going to be a great one!

Welcome to Mississippi’s FIRST Tech Challenge

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by Mannie Lowe

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an amazing competition for students ready to take on high-school-level robotics. Students experience the power, excitement, and fun of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with hands-on, minds-on activities – all with robots!

Teams of middle- and high-school students design, build, and program robots with both autonomous and driver-controlled modes. They take these robots to local and regional tournaments, competing as Alliances against other teams. The tournaments feature the same excitement and pressure experienced in more traditional high-school athletics. Teams that win at the Championship level advance to the FTC World Championship.

FTC teams are adult-led and student-driven, allowing each student on a team to actively participate and engage in the engineering process. Students work with a re-usable robotics kit to design, build, and program robots. FTC empowers students, building confidence, critical decision-making, leadership, and teamwork.

FTC participants are introduced to the engineering process and create and maintain an Engineering Notebook. They develop hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience, and learn the value of problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. FTC also creates powerful relationships between the young people who compete and the Volunteers and Mentors who participate. FTC students are eligible for more than $18 million in college scholarships.

Competition kits are reusable and affordable. Teams can be school-based, homeschool-based, part of an afterschool program, or organized by community groups such as 4-H, the Girl Scouts, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. FTC kits can also be used in the classroom as a great learning tool.

There are numerous ways to get involved in FTC. Individuals can mentor teams, volunteer at events, or join committees to help organize FTC events. FTC is supported by a growing network of Sponsors that provide funding, mentorship, time, talent, equipment, and more to make FTC a reality. FTC is privileged to have the support of some of the most respected organizations in the world. They understand the importance of nurturing the next generation of technology leaders!

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Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Adam Grace

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