Address: 1300 Silver Eagle Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL
Point of Contact – Andrew Schreiber (248) 202 7475 or email email@example.com
Parking is in any of the parking lots, suggested that teams bring their robot carts.
RVPS appreciated before Saturday!
Go! It will be good!
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The first ever Tampa Bay FIRST Benefit Showcase event, sponsored by USF Connect and the Florida High Tech Corridor and held February 3rd at the University of South Florida, brought area teams and members of the Tampa Bay business and technical community together to raise awareness about the academic and career readiness value of FIRST, and to build support for the Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition event.
FIRST founder Dean Kamen recorded a special message, just for our event, and FIRST alumni Barry Bohnsack, now with Lockheed Martin and an active FIRST volunteer, provided the keynote address, giving a powerful overview of FIRST and its proven relationship to academic achievement and workforce readiness. FIRST alumni Jessie Poen, a Dean’s List winner and FIRST Ambassador at both the Orlando Regional and the South Florida Regional, shared her experience, which included earning six community scholarships based on her FIRST involvement and a spot in the USF Honors College. And special guest Patricia Gehant, Director of Workforce Initiative with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum and the value of FIRST to help close the technology gap for students and satisfy workforce needs for Tampa Bay.
Area teams from Academy at the Lakes in Land O’Lakes, who brought their FLL & FRC Wired Wildcats teams, Middleton High School’s Minotaur FRC team and Palm Harbor University High School’s FTC team, Pandara did a fantastic job showcasing their work for event attendees. Showcase attendees were even treated to a great research presentation by the Wired Wildcats FLL team, that pretty much stole the show!
We’re deeply grateful to the business leaders and organizations that showed up on Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate a different kind of hero – youth and their mentors who are transforming our culture by creating the science and technology leaders we need in the world. In addition to representatives from USF Connect and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, we were happy to welcome business leaders from the Southeast Capital Equity Group, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Basler Electric, 2Z Consulting Inc. and Bar Camp Tampa Bay, among others.
The involvement of Florida FIRST Alumni was an especially powerful part of the program, giving guests an opportunity to meet and hear firsthand the personal experiences of former FIRST students and how FIRST paved the way for academic and career opportunities for them.
Thank you to all who made the Tampa Bay FIRST Benefit Showcase possible, and so enjoyable!
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To help celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Orlando FIRST Robotics Regional in March 2013, the Orlando Regional Planning Committee is conducting a contest to design a distinctive logo that reflects both the FIRST competition and our Central Florida heritage.
The Orlando Regional 15th Anniversary logo should incorporate the FIRST logo although there are restrictions fromFIRST about how it can be used (spacing, color, changing, etc.), outlined here.
The contest is open to individuals on FRC teams in the State of Florida, other teams that have competed in the Florida (now Orlando) Regional, and all Regional volunteers. Submittals should be sent electronically (.jpeg or .png) to the Fundraising Committee at OrlandoFIRSTRegional@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2012. The winning entry will be displayed on the Orlando Regional website following the winning selection. Please note that some additional editing of the winning logo may be applied before the logo is finalized. When sending your submittal, please include the following information in the email: your name, team name & number, email address, contact phone number and a paragraph on how you came up with the idea and your thoughts about the design. If you are able, please include a photo of yourself and your teammates with your logo design.
The winning entry and its designer(s) will be recognized at the March 2013 competition and in the Regional Program Book, and the logo will be used on 15th Anniversary t-shirts that will be available for pre-order, and delivered at the competition. It may also be used on other items in honor of the Anniversary.
It is possible that a version of the logo, without the 15th Anniversary reference, or one of the other submittals, may be used in future official Orlando FIRST Robotics items, correspondence, etc. A determination of whether to use the winning logo or an alternate will be made later, but this may help contest entrants in designing the 15th Anniversary Logo.
All 15th Anniversary logo submissions will be the sole property of the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation.
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Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer to the FIRST community in Florida, we’re delighted to welcome you to another great season of hands-on STEM fun and learning! Our progression of programs offers educational opportunities for K-12 youth in schools and community groups like 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Homeschool groups and more.
The attached companion information sheet provides a broad overview of the FIRST Family of Programs. We encourage you and your students to explore each progressively more challenging level of FIRST to maximize your students’ academic experience and to enjoy all that FIRST has to offer.
Jr. FIRST LEGO® League (Jr. FLL) starts youth as young as 6 on the road to critical thinking and problem solving, building simple models with LEGO elements and showing children how to do elementary research. The Jr. FLL challenge was released August 1, and the event season runs from November to the following May. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) kicks things up with a rigorous research project, an all autonomous robot build with LEGOs, and a fast paced table competition. The FLL challenge will be released August 28, with the program season running through January 2013.
Students aging out of FLL will find FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) an exciting next step. Building on the engineering and programming experiences they enjoyed in FLL, FTC employs the NXT brick familiar to FLL students, combined with the more robust TETRIX® build system and other materials. The FTC challenge will be revealed on September 8th, with qualifying events running into early 2013. FIRST Tech Challenge can function as a full scale high school program or, after experiencing FTC, students and teams might enjoy transitioning to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), posing a whole new set of exciting challenges with bigger teams, a much larger robot and a short, fixed build period that kicks off on January 5, 2013 and ends just six weeks later. All four of these programs build rigorously upon one other, and can create a seamless opportunity for unparalleled K-12 hands-on STEM learning, and come together in April in St. Louis, MO for the annual FIRST World Festival Invitational for FLL and FIRST World Championship for FTC and FRC.
Registration for teams is currently open for Jr. FLL, FLL and FTC. FRC registration opens September 27, 2012. Rookie team grants may be available for FLL, FTC and FRC teams. Additionally, FIRST Graduation Grants are available for FLL teams transitioning to FTC. To be eligible for the grant, FTC rookie teams must have at least one FLL graduate. The grant covers the FTC team registration fee of $275 and provides $300 towards parts and materials for the competition. Visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/grow for more information.
All programs welcome volunteers for upcoming tournaments and meets, for everything from sign-in to judging. Contact individual Florida program organizers for information about funding support that may be available, or to volunteer as a mentor, coach or at an event, or if you’re interested in being a community liaison:
- Laura Melnik, FIRST LEGO League/Jr. FIRST LEGO League Partner: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Coleman, FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner: email@example.com
- Sandra Contreras, FIRST Regional Director/South Florida FRC Regional : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Theresa Willingham, FIRST Regional Director/Central Florida/Orlando Regional: email@example.com
- Chuck Kennedy, FIRST Regional Director/North Florida & GA, TN, AR, AL: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are FIRST, and we’re glad you are, too!
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The Orlando FIRST Regional Planning Committee (RPC) is reaching out into the Florida FIRST community seeking new committee members and volunteers from among team mentors, supporters and alumni. Please reply to Ms. Harer at the address below by Thursday, July 19, if you’ d like to volunteer with the committee, and attend the July 21st meeting in Orlando, or if you have any questions about the Orlando Regional Planning Committee.
The Orlando FIRST Regional Planning Committee (RPC) is gearing up for another exciting year of robotics, culminating in the March 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regional Competition at the University of Central Florida Arena. We are seeking new members of the Committee to help with planning this annual event so we can continue to make it the success it has been over the years.
2013 will be our 15th anniversary of holding a Regional in Florida. Our first ones were at Kennedy Space Center before moving to our current location. FIRST continues to grow and we now have a second Regional in South Florida, while the number of high school FRC teams in our State also continues to grow. The Orlando Regional is very popular among the teams and fills up to the maximum 63 team very early in the registration process. Teams come from throughout the US as well as from other countries. This past year, we had teams from Germany, Australia and the Dominican Republic.
Some of you have worked with teams for a number of years but have also expressed an interest in becoming more involved in the Regional Competition planning as well. You are familiar with the concentrated effort required to put on the 3-day event. The Committee works all year round to assure it is a positive experience for the teams, team mentors, the public and volunteers alike. If you would like to become involved with that effort, we would like to have you join the Committee.
We are planning a meeting for Saturday, July 21, at one of the Disney facilities. We will start at noon with sandwiches and drinks provided by the RPC to discuss plans for the coming year and the outlying years. We have a number of topics listed on the application form that we will be brainstorming ideas for, which is why I’ve asked for your preferences in areas to work. We will be breaking down into smaller groups for the brainstorming sessions and having several running concurrently. Each attendee will be able to participate in at least 2 sessions. Each group will prioritize their ideas and report back to the full group. Each participant will be asked to serve on at least one of the RPC subcommittees at that point, based on what you’ve heard about RPC activities and what your interests are. We should finish around 3:00-4:00.
Finally, we want to make more of an effort to involve team alumni in Regional planning activities. If you keep a contact list of your recent graduates, we would like to invite them to participate in the July 21 meeting as well. The students have a lot to offer and we want to keep them involved as much as possible while they pursue their educational goals.
I know giving up a Saturday is a significant donation of time, especially during the summer, so I want to thank you in advance for doing this. I look forward to working with you on the Committee.
Orlando FIRST Regional Planning Committee
It was the first day of game play today at the Orlando Regional at the University of Central Florida. 63 teams in various stages of readiness but collectively energetic and enthusiastic filled the UCF Arena with power tools and cheers as robots took to the field in this year’s Rebound Rumble.
The Orlando Regional was awash in Gracious Professionalism as veteran teams piled into rookie team pits to help with everything from building to programming.
Match play resumes Saturday, with the final round of awards. Check out the Florida FRC Facebook page for photos and
first hand accounts, and look for a slide show here at FIRST in Florida later next week.
Visit FIRST Chat for Orlando Regional teams specs and stats!
From Bill’s Blog: “TIMS is now scheduled to open for Event Registration on Thursday, September 29th. As of this morning, 341 FRC teams have completed the pre-registration process in TIMS and are ready for Registration. Are you ready?”
Florida has two – count ‘em! Two! – regionals this year:
- Orlando Regional on March 8-10, 2012 and
- South Florida Regional in Boca Raton March 29-31, 2012
Read the full blog for lots more information and to see the current roster of events at http://frcdirector.blogspot.com/2011/09/list-new-region.html