New usfirst.org site PDF Print E-mail
Written by jw   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 12:50
FIRST has rolled out a new site today - looks great and hopefully folks like the new navigation!  The downside is that it broke many existing links.   I just started fixing links - please email me if you find any more broken links.  Thanks.
Process to Register for NorCal FTC Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:24




There are 3 requirements for each team participating in NorCal FTC Championship.

1. Complete registration form  < - this is needed ASAP for tournament program book

2. Pay

3. Provide at least 1 ADULT volunteer (not the coach) for a "full" tournament day - this can be in 1 all day role or 2 half day roles or similar combination of roles (on Saturday or Sunday).


Check your team's status 

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 16:23
Robot Mechanisms and Manipulators... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Wilker   
Sunday, 06 June 2010 06:06

Some resources to help new teams...

While the robots discussed in these presentations and resources are focused on the FIRST Robotics Competition, and therefore much larger than a Tetrix / FTC robot, the principles are the same.   The first is a powerpoint presentation that describes various lifting mechanisms.   Another powerpoint presentation goes a bit more into the various mechanisms that can be used to collect and manipulate game pieces.   Additional resources


Last Updated on Sunday, 25 July 2010 16:36
2014 NorCal FTCquel at the Maker Faire - Thanks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Edelman   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00


A huge thanks to our 12 competing FTC teams for a great off-season event.

Winning Alliance :  4800 & 5157

Finalist Alliance:  7303 & 6002


And we received an Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon!

  mf14-flier-image1            mf14 editorschoice ribbon


Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 09:33
2012-2103 Championship Team Information Form PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:05

Deadline to submit team information is Wednesday 2/20 at 4pm!


Competing Team List and  Status Table


There is an ONLINE FORM where you will be asked to confirm:


 . Adult Coach information   < - this must be a supervising adult who is present at the tournament.

 . Team information   (team size, home city, sponsors)

 .  Provide details on the team's  availability on Saturday for judging and inspection

 .  Submit your team's Tournament Program book entry. You will submit 1 item for the program book.  


Here are the tournament programs from 20102011 to give you some example entries to see how teams' use this to express their personality.

More Details : the entire area that you have to work with is 3.2” h x 3.8” w                 

This single item can be a picture (jpg, gif, png) or edit the "More Details" RTF link above and save as PDF or Word doc.   The entire space that you have is 3.2" high by 3.8" wide.  


And do not email me this (to jillw or teaminfo or any other email address)  -  please submit only via the form.    



Finally, each team is expected to provide at least 1 ADULT volunteer for the entire tournament day - this can be in 1 all day role or 2 half day roles (Saturday or Sunday) (or 4 quarter day roles - you get the idea).  

Note that a half day is 4 or more hours in one role (ie one person).   A full day shift is 7 or more hours in one role (ie one person).  There are some roles with 2 or 3 hour shifts -  these count only as a "0.25" volunteer.        VOLUNTEER



Problems/questions:  Send email to teaminfo@playingatlearning.org 

Please do not EMAIL your information above - fill out the form as it populates a google drive folder that makes it easier for us to use/share  (and not lose) your information.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 13:21

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