Team Blast - 09-05-13

FTC Team E-Blast!

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  1. Kickoff is this Saturday!
  2. PTC offers weekly CAD webinar series
  3. 2013-14 LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS Toolkit is now available
  4. Live, online trainings start next Monday (09-09-13)
  5. Rookie Mentor/Coach video training now available
  6. AUTODESK webinar schedule
  7. FTC Forum open date
  8. Mentor/Coach appreciation certificate

Online game material release on Sept. 7 @ 3pm:

  1. The 2013-14 FTC Kickoff is this Saturday, Sept. 7.  The new game will be unveiled at local kickoff events and the game animation and all season materials will be released publicly at at 3 p.m. (EDT).  Find a local event at

    If you plan to attend a local kickoff, we’d love to see your photos.  Please share them with us via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or Google +!
Kickoff is coming

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2. PTC will be kicking off their weekly webinar series called Robotalk in September!

Robotalk is designed for FIRST Teams and will cover topics such as improving program management of your team, conceptual design, and documentation and calculation tips.

The webinar is open to all FRC and FTC teams. Robotalk will run every Wednesday at 7:00 pm EST through November 2013.

3.  Important!:  The updated LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS FTC Toolkit is now available for download.  For full instructions on how to setup the LVLM software and to download the toolkit, visit:


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4.  During the 2013-14 FTC Season, we will offer a series of monthly team training Hangouts on Google+.  Visit the FTC Google+ page to let us know you’ll be coming!  Here’s a list of upcoming trainings:

  • FTC Mentor 101 - Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
  • LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2012 for FTC – Sept. 19, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
  • ROBOTC programming for FTC – Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Fundraising for FIRST Teams – October 17, 7:00 p.m. (ET)

More trainings will be scheduled soon!

5.  New!  For Rookie Mentors and Coaches trying to figure out what to expect throughout the FTC season, there is now an 8-part video series on YouTube covering different portions of the season.  Find the playlist at:


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6.  Autodesk is offering monthly training webinars.  Use the links below to register:

  • Title: Introduction to Inventor: Dynamic Simulation

    Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PST

    Reserve your Webinar seat now  
  • Title: Introduction to Inventor: Finite Element Analysis

    Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PST

    Reserve your Webinar seat now

For more info and previously recorded webinars, visit:

For support, e-mail:

7.  FTC Forum Game and Robot Build Q&A is set to open Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. (ET).  This is where teams can ask the Game Design Committee for clarification on Game Rule and Robot Rule questions.  To access the FTC Forum, Coaches can find their teams official forum username and password in TIMS on the right hand side of the Team Summary page. Forum
Mentor Coach 7.  Coaches, be sure to invite all of your FTC Mentors to register in TIMS for their 2013 recognition certificate and pin to be sent in January during National Mentor Month.  In order for team Mentors to receive their recognition items, they must register in TIMS by Friday, December 16th. To invite Mentors, head to the Team Profile section of your TIMS account! FTC TIMS Questions? Email