FIRST Tech Challenge Louisiana – 2018 Kickoff info

Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge Coaches,
I’m just getting this out just ahead of the Twitch pre-kickoff show in a few minutes –
– Our season Kickoff for the 2018-2019 game ROVER RUCKUS presented by Qualcomm is this Saturday, September 8, at the University of New Orleans at the Engineering Building on the main campus (see below).
– Here is a link to a Google form to register for the Kickoff.  It’s not mandatory, but it’ll help us plan if you can respond to it by Thursday afternoon just so I have a count – I plan to have game elements and printed game info for each team there.  Here’s the link:  The UNO robotics team will be helping us with lunch again, so there’s a count for that as well.  Thanks!
– The planned schedule is below, with at least six presentation/workshops, plus time to see/touch/walk the field for ROVER RUCKUS and ask our head ref questions about the game rules.
– Do you know a prospective rookie coach who’s on the fence about starting a team?  Please let me know – I have two $500 grants toward registration and parts to give away (to rookies only, that have not yet registered or already have a FIRST rookie grant).  And invite them to Kickoff, please!
– Is anyone interested in test-driving their robot on the field on Saturday?  Your previous season bot or a new chassis?  Indicate that on the Google form, and I’ll let you know by Friday if we think we can make it possible (subject to inspection for no-field-damage rules).
– If your team (or your members) are on social media, bring your phones and let’s plan to make the Kickoff loud online.  We’ll announce the tags to use at the intro Saturday morning.
I’ll send one more email with any updates on Friday.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!
8:30         Arrive
8:30-9:00    Sign in / teams mingle / pay for lunches
9:00-9:15    Welcome and introductions
9:30-10:30   Workshops/panels
Robot build:  Parts options, dos and most importantly DON’Ts
Intro to the Engineering Notebook
Intro to Java and Onbot Java programming
10:45-11:15  Season intro and game videos
11:15-12:00  Field walk-around and Q&A
11:30-1:00   Lunch
1:00-2:00    Workshops/panels
Effective FTC Autonomous Programming
Rookie teams – where do you start?
The Judges’ Interview
2:00-3:00    Field walk-around and Q&A / Brainstorming and strategy discussion
2:00-2:30    Mentor roundtable
3:00         Depart
Clark Rowley
Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge Partner Representative

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