Team Blast - 11-14-13

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  1. Robot self-inspection worksheet now available
  2. Important update for LVLM 2012 MINDSTORMS Competition Toolkit
  3. PTC Robotalk webinar series
  4. New scholarships available to students!
  5. Connect with FTC Headquarters

Hanging robot at Linn-Marr, IA, Qualifying Tournament

A robot hangs during the end game portion of a qualifying match at the Linn-Marr, IA, Qualifying Tournament, Nov. 9.

    1.  The FTC Game Manual Part 1 stipulates that teams are to self-inspect their robots prior to competition (RG02).  To make that process simpler, we've created the FTC Team Robot Inspection Checklist.  Following this checklist will help you identify problem areas ahead of time and speed your time through inspection on event day.  

    Teams must perform a robot self-inspection

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    2.  Important LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS 2012 Competition Toolkit Update is now out. This update includes a new f3 patch and fixes issues with autonomous code generation. Get the update from the NI FTC Community

    3.  PTC offers free Product Development Software to all FIRST teams. PTC software will enable collaboration, increase efficiency, and enhance accuracy during your team’s Robot Design Process. To help get your team started, PTC runs a weekly webinar series called, Robotalk.  Robotalk gives an in-depth introduction to PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad, and PTC Windchill. Webinar replays are available on the PTC FIRST Community Site.

    For more information on software offerings, grant sponsorships, online training and hands-on workshops, please visit:

    PTC - FTC CAD and Collaboration Sponsor

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    4.  Check out the latest FIRST Scholarship news, including the addition of three new scholarships!  

    FIRST Scholarship News

    5.  Don't forget to check out the FTC Blog at  It's published weekly and covers topics relevant to teams, including resources, training, news and more!  

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