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2018 State FTC Robotics Meet

 

Our final and biggest robotics meet is this coming up on February 16 and 17.  As usual Friday is just for check-in and judging and Saturday will be the robot competition.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.  Some may be staying in a hotel Friday night with their families.

 

Food

We are plumb out of money in our account so I can’t supply a group lunch.  Please bring your own lunch and some snacks to share.

 

Contact

My (Brian Mead) cell phone is 907-232-2264.  Please feel free to call or text me as necessary.

 

LOCATION

The State Championships will be held at the University of Alaska Anchorage Wells Fargo Gym and Student Union. Upon check-in, your team will be given a more detailed map of the event.

  •  Parking: You should park in the South Parking lot, across from the Wells Fargo Sports Complex & Bookstore. Parking is free on Friday and Saturday.
  •  Check-In: Team check-in will be located at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor in the Student Union. Use the entrance by the bookstore and look for FIRST signs. Please plan to arrive no later than 2:00 for team check-in on Friday (see detailed schedule below).

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, February 16, 2018  

Time Event Location
10:00 AM-1:00 PM UAA Tour, Demos,  & Planetarium Show Engineering & Computation Building
1:00 PM Team registration & Pits Open Student Union
2:30-3:00 UAA Recruitment Presentation Engineering & Computation Building
2:00-5:00 College Fair Student Union
3:00 PM Inspections Begin Wells Fargo Gym
5:00 PM Judging Begins Engineering and Computation Building
9:00 PM Pits Close Student Union

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Pits and Competition area Open Wells Fargo Gym & Student Union
8:30 AM Driver’s Meeting Wells Fargo Gym
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies Wells Fargo Gym
9:15 AM-

12:00 PM

12:30PM-3:00PM

Qualifying Rounds Wells Fargo Gym
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM UAA CoEng Student Club Fair Student Union
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break Wells Fargo Gym
3:15 Alliance Selection Wells Fargo Gym
3:30-4:45 Elimination Rounds Wells Fargo Gym
4:45-5:30 Closing Ceremonies Wells Fargo Gym

Note: we highly recommend that you plan to fly home on Sunday if possible. FTC tournaments sometimes run late, and it’s awful when teams have to leave early because of flights!

UAA ENGINEERING TOUR & PLANETARIUM SHOW

This is so much more than a tour! The UAA College of Engineering is offering a tour of their facilities, including stops with interactive demos, meeting with professors, and checking out labs and research. The tour includes lunch and an opportunity to meet and mingle with UAA Student Clubs such as robotics, rocketry, baja car, etc. We will also incorporate a stop at the Planetarium where we’ll be watching an engineering related film.

The tour will take place on Friday from 10:00-1:00. Your teams are strongly encouraged to participate in this tour! Please contact Vicki Nechodomu at vnechodomu@alaska.edu by Friday, Feb 9 to let her know how many students & chaperones she may expect from your team.

PIT DETAILS

Each team will have a 10 x 10 foot pit equipped with a 2 x 5 foot table and two chairs. The ceiling varies from 9-10 feet, depending on your pit’s location. Every pit will have access to 1 power outlet, so please bring a power strip.

Please show your team spirit and decorate to your heart’s content! Here are some photos (photo 1, photo 2, photo 3) that you can use for inspiration! The team that is voted #1 pit will leave with the “It’s the Pits!” Award. Pins & other tradable items are highly encouraged. One restriction – no latex balloons!

VOLUNTEER

We could use some help setting up on Thursday evening (starting at 5:00) setting up the gym and pits. If your team is willing to assist, please email Alyson Cooper, the volunteer coordinator, at acooper@jedc.org .

SOCIAL EVENT

Would your team be interested in a social event in order to meet and hang out with students from other teams? If so, what night and what activity would interest them? Please fill this form out by Monday, Feb 5 to help us gain an accurate picture of team interests and commitment level.

INSPECTIONS – Each team is responsible for completing a team inspection prior to going up for Robot and Field Inspections at the event.

COMPASS & PROMOTE VIDEOS

Compass and promote videos should be submitted on a thumb drive at the registration table by 4:45 PM. Thumb drives must be clearly labeled with your team # and will be returned during the day on Saturday. The judges’ preference is to receive files in an MP4 format. If you need to submit your video in a different format, please contact Judge Advisor Steve Ives (sives@alaska.net) to make sure it’s ok.

FOOD FOR VOLUNTEERS

We’re looking for some parents that would be willing to prep some food for our volunteers. We need to serve dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Crock pots of chili/curry/soup, cookies, brownies, veggies and hummus — we’ll take whatever folks can throw together! Please have interested parents contact Vicki Nechodomu to coordinate (vnechodomu@alaska.edu)

 

SOCIAL EVENT:

Thank you to all the teams who answered the questionnaire about the social event, and thank you team 9781 Gravity Check for taking on the organization and logistics!

 

Come celebrate the end of the State Championship tournament at Shockwave Trampoline Park on Saturday evening. The venue includes a room full of trampolines, obstacle courses, a rock wall, a laser room, trampoline volleyball, and concessions. Cafeteria seating also allows room on the side for students interested in bringing and playing board/card games.

 

We ask that teams remain after the closing ceremonies to clean up their pits and contribute to teardown. The social will then kick off around 7:00 at Shockwave, which is less than 10 minutes from UAA. Teams are responsible for their own transportation and entrance costs. Standard costs are listed below. However, if we have enough teams interested, we may be able to get a group rate. Please RSVP here!

  • $15 first hour
  • $7 additional hours
  • $3 jump socks

 

STUDENT AMBASSADORS:
We would like to make tours available to VIP guests throughout the tournament and are seeking student ambassadors who are well-spoken and knowledgable about the FIRST programs. Student ambassadors may provide tours on Friday and/or Saturday. Any student interested in serving as an ambassador should meet Becca at the information table at 3:00 PM on Friday. 

 

JUDGING SCHEDULE:

The schedule has been slightly shifted so judging will begin at 6 on Friday rather than at 5:00. I have also attached the judging schedule that shows each team’s time slot and room location.

 

FOOD & CAFFEINE ACCESS:

  • YES–you’re team may bring in outside food at the tournament. Keep your team fed and hydrated!
  • There will be several food and caffienation options available throughout the tournament:

UAA Student Union Kiosk 

Open: All day Friday & Saturday

Serves:  snacks, chips, candy, bottled/canned drinks, microwavable snacks

 

UAA Student Union Coffee Shop 

Open: Friday till 6:00

Serves: Full coffee shop, some pastry options

 

UAA Bookstore Coffee Shop 

Open: Friday till 5:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00

Serves: Full coffee shop. They’re also working on creating a special robotics-themed drink and extending their hours just for this occasion! Snacks can also be purchased here.

 

Wolf Bites

Open: Saturday, 8:00-5:00

Serves: Concession stand food and coffee

 

Local Restaurants: There are also a number of nearby restaurants that offer delivery. Take out menus will be available at the tournament.

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As a refresher, here’s a copy of Part 1 email that was sent out a couple weeks ago:

 

LOCATION

The State Championships will be held at the University of Alaska Anchorage Wells Fargo Gym and Student Union. Upon check-in, your team will be given a more detailed map of the event.

 

  • Parking: You should park in the South Parking lot, across from the Wells Fargo Sports Complex & Bookstore. Parking is free on Friday and Saturday.
  • Check-In: Team check-in will be located at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor in the Student Union. Use the entrance by the bookstore and look for FIRST signs. Please plan to arrive no later than 2:00 for team check-in on Friday (see detailed schedule below).

 

EVENT SCHEDULE 

 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Time Event Location
10:00 AM-1:00 PM UAA Tour, Demos,  & Planetarium Show Engineering & Computation Building
1:00 PM Team registration & Pits Open Student Union
2:30-3:00 UAA Recruitment Presentation Engineering & Computation Building
2:00-5:00 College Fair Student Union
3:00 PM Inspections Begin Wells Fargo Gym
6:00 PM Judging Begins Engineering and Computation Building
9:00 PM Pits Close Student Union

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Time Event Location
8:00 AM Pits and Competition area Open Wells Fargo Gym & Student Union
8:30 AM Driver’s Meeting Wells Fargo Gym
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies Wells Fargo Gym
9:15 AM-

12:00 PM

 

12:30PM-3:00PM

Qualifying Rounds Wells Fargo Gym
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM UAA CoEng Student Club Fair Student Union
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break Wells Fargo Gym
3:15 Alliance Selection Wells Fargo Gym
3:30-4:45 Elimination Rounds Wells Fargo Gym
4:45-5:30 Closing Ceremonies Wells Fargo Gym

 

Note: we highly recommend that you plan to fly home on Sunday if possible. FTC tournaments sometimes run late, and it’s awful when teams have to leave early because of flights!

 

PIT DETAILS

Each team will have a 10 x 10 foot pit equipped with a 2 x 5 foot table and two chairs. The ceiling varies from 9-10 feet, depending on your pit’s location. Every pit will have access to 1 power outlet, so please bring a power strip.

 

Please show your team spirit and decorate to your heart’s content! Here are some photos (photo 1, photo 2, photo 3) that you can use for inspiration! The team that is voted #1 pit will leave with the “It’s the Pits!” Award. Pins & other tradable items are highly encouraged. One restriction – no latex balloons!

 

VOLUNTEER

We could use some help setting up on Thursday evening (starting at 5:00) setting up the gym and pits. If your team is willing to assist, please email Alyson Cooper, the volunteer coordinator, at acooper@jedc.org .

 

INSPECTIONS – Each team is responsible for completing a team inspection prior to going up for Robot and Field Inspections at the event.

 

COMPASS & PROMOTE VIDEOS

Compass and promote videos should be submitted on a thumb drive at the registration table by 4:45 PM. Thumb drives must be clearly labeled with your team # and will be returned during the day on Saturday. The judges’ preference is to receive files in an MP4 format. If you need to submit your video in a different format, please contact Judge Advisor Steve Ives (sives@alaska.net) to make sure it’s ok.

 

FOOD FOR VOLUNTEERS

We’re looking for some parents that would be willing to prep some food for our volunteers. We need to serve dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Crock pots of chili/curry/soup, cookies, brownies, veggies and hummus — we’ll take whatever folks can throw together! Please have interested parents contact Vicki Nechodomu to coordinate (vnechodomu@alaska.edu)