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2013
-
2014 Minnesota FTC Kickoff
Announcements

Scott McDowell

Volunteer Head Official for FTC

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New FTC Affiliate Partner for MN, (July 2013)


Thanks to: Joe
Passofaro

& FRC 2169


KING
TeC


FLL Affiliate Partner for MN since 1998 pilot year


Expect close to 600 FLL teams in MN this year


19 Tournaments planned


http://www.hightechkids.org
/


Keep up to date by signing up for their FTC newsletter!


MN Renewable Energy Challenge


Cheryl Moeller is the Executive Director


Vicki
Coaty

is the Programs Manager


Bethany
Juhnke

is the new Program Assistant


Evan
Hoel

is a FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA assigned to MN

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HTK Mission Statement

High Tech Kids delivers fun, hands
-
on science,
engineering and technology programs and
events that inspire Minnesota kids in their
formative years.


We inspire kids
to

BUILD

confidence,

CREATE

opportunities
and

THRIVE

in the 21st century.


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Minnesota FTC Sponsors

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Minnesota FTC Teams


36 Teams last year


18 Rookies & 18 Veterans


18 Middle School & 18 High School


40 Teams, so far this year


25 Rookies & 15 Veterans


25 Middle School & 15 High School


Approx. 18 More Veteran teams yet to register


New unregistered teams still forming in schools

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FTC Grants


FTC Rookie Team Grants


$500 for Rookie FTC teams


1000 grants on a first come first served basis


1500 teams registered, 780 veterans


National Instruments
FIRST

Robotics Grant


Up to $1,500 for FTC teams


November 1, 2013 deadline


Must use
LabVIEW

for
Mindstorms

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Qualifying Tournaments


Tournament Dates (tentative)


November 16
th



Eagan


December 7
th



Lakeville


December 14
th



**


January 5
th



Elk River


January 11
th



**


January 25
th



**

**Tentative
-

Keep an eye on HTK Tournament Page


Registration will open in October


$100 to $150 Registration Fee per tournament


Up to 24 teams per Qualifier


6 to 8 teams will advance to MN FTC Championship

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Advancement Criteria

1.
Qualifier Host Team

2.
Inspire Award Winner

3.
Winning Alliance Captain

4.
Inspire Award 2nd place

5.
Winning Alliance, 1st team selected

6.
Inspire Award 3rd place

7.
Winning Alliance, 2nd team selected

8.
Think Award Winner

9.
Finalist Alliance Captain

10.
Connect Award Winner

11.
Finalist Alliance, 1st team selected

12.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner

13.
Finalist Alliance, 2nd team selected

14.
PTC Design Award Winner

15.
Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced

16.
Motivate Award Winner

17.
Highest Ranked Team not previously advanced


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Stratasys

Minnesota FTC
Championship Tournament


Prior Lake High School


Saturday, February 22, 2013


30
-

36 teams


$275 Registration Fee


4
-

6 teams will advance to the North Super
-
Regional

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North Super
-
Regional


Carver Hawkeye Arena


Iowa City, IA


April 3
-
5, 2014


72 teams


2 Divisions


20
-
25 will advance to the FTC World
Championships in St. Louis, MO on April 23
-
26, 2014

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200 Volunteers Needed!


20 Trained and Certified Key Volunteers


4 Judge Advisor (Head Judge)


4 Head Referee


4 Field Technical Advisor (FTA)


4 Head Scorekeeper


4 Head Hardware and Software Inspectors


100 Trained Volunteers


35 Judges, 25 Referees, 10 Scorekeepers, 10 Inspectors,


10 Field Control Operators, 10 FTA Assistants


80 Volunteers


20 Judge Assistants, 20 Field Reset, 20 Team Queuing,


20 Pit Administration

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Volunteer Training


2 Hours after work or evening


Dates


Nov
7
th

6:30
-
9:00pm in Bloomington


Nov 18
th

(Tentative) at PTC in Blain


Nov
20
th

6:30
-
9:00pm at
GoFIRST

@
UofM

12

MN FTC “Showcase Teams”


Florida & New Jersey


Outreach Events


Volunteering


Showcase Blue Ribbon for your pit


Recognized on High Tech Kids Web page


Showcase Icon for your website and
promotional materials


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Leonardo’s Basement


Leonardo's Basement has been a long time partner of
High Tech Kids


We are asking FTC coaches and mentors to help us
identify your fabrication, 3D printing and workshop
needs


Depending on the interest of coaches and mentors we
will be offering time at their facility and/or training
classes designed specifically for FTC teams


We are encouraging all teams to fill out the survey and
chat with Steve Jevning or Cheryl Moeller while you are
here today



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Stratasys

3D Printing


In addition to
Stratasys

providing financial
support for Minnesota FTC, we are also piloting a
BETA program with Minnesota FTC teams and 3D
printing


If your team does not have access to a 3D printer,
FTC teams will have access to the soon to be
Stratasys

3D printer at Leonardo's basement


More information will be on the High Tech Kids
website as details are still being finalized



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Stratasys

Award


Best use of 3D printed part at the Minnesota
State Championship


More information will be on the High Tech
Kids website as details are still being finalized

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Control Award

The Control Award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to
enhance the robot’s functionality on the field. This award is given to the team
that demonstrates innovative thinking in the control system to solve game
challenges such as autonomous operation, enhancing mechanical systems
with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results on the field.
The control component should work consistently on the field. The team’s
Engineering Notebook should contain details about the implementation of
the software, sensors, and mechanical control.


Guidelines for the Control Award:


Control Components must enhance the functionality of the robot on the
field


Control Components must work reliably


Teams are encouraged to demonstrate control components to the Judges


Advanced software techniques and algorithms are encouraged


Prototyped sensors and custom hardware are encouraged


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Evan Hochstein

MN
FIRST

Senior Mentor

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Colton
Mehlhoff

Keynote Speaker

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2013
-
2014 FTC Game Reveal

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