Team Blast - 10-31-13

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  1. 35 FLL to FTC Grants now available
  2. Game Manual Part 1 updated
  3. FIRST Fundraising Toolkit update
  4. Rockwell AUtomation Engineering Our Future video contest deadline extension
  5. Don't forget your software templates and other useful FTC Blog content
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    1.  We have 35 FLL to FTC Graduation Grants available! If you previously graduated from FLL you are eligible for our FLL to FTC Graduation Grant. This grant is for rookie teams that have not yet registered for the season. This Graduation Grant will cover the cost of registration ($275.00), the Samantha Module + shipping and handling ($90.95) and the Mindstorms kit + shipping and handling ($285.00), for a total value of $650.95.  

    We only have 35 available, so register soon!

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    2. The FTC Game Manual Part 1 was revised on Oct. 30.  Revision 1.1 contains the following changes:

    • Section 3.2 – Additional Tournament definitions
    • Section 3.6.7 – Clarified RP received in the event of a tie match
    • Section 3.9 – Added Rule <T7>
    • Section 5.2.2 – Clarification to rule <R05>d – servo blocks listed are the only allowed servo blocks
    • Section 5.2.2 – Rule <R05>o – Added information about legal wheel hubs 

    Download the latest copy from

    4. FIRST Fundraising Toolkit update:  Please note that Section 4 – Organizing A Presentation, the 4th in a total of 8 Sections of the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit, has just been completed by Renee Becker, FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA/FIRST Fundraising Toolkit Coordinator, and is now posted to the FIRST website at

    Sections 5, 6, 7 & 8 are in progress and are expected to be complete in November.  Continued thanks to The Argosy Foundation/John Abele and all the FRC/FTC Teams who contributed materials for this important resource.  Have questions/feedback regarding the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit? Contact Renee at

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    Engineering Our Future Video Contest

    5.  What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?

    FIRST teams can submit their answers to the Engineering Our Future™ video contest, and get the chance to win money for their projects. 

    New Deadline: November 11

    Get details and submit your video here:

    6.  Do you read the FTC Blog?  If not, you should!  It’s packed with the latest FTC news, helpful tips for building your robot and more.  Here’s a sampling of the enlightening content you’ll find on the FTC Blog:

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