Many teams have already begun the competition season, while others are still excitedly waiting for event day. Regardless of where you are at, this information is to highlight some specific resources that get your team ready for their next competition.
- Preparing for Event Day – You will find everything you need for the season here, including a list of what to do and expect on event day. This page is linked from the Team Management Resource page. Also, review blog posts:
- Judging Process – Events above the meet level all include a judging Interview for teams. We have created a Team Self-Reflection Checklist.
- Programming Resources – Still need help with your robot programming? Review our resources and take a look at what our FIRST Tech Challenge engineer has to say on which programming development tool you should be utilizing.
- FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List – Do you have 10th and 11th graders on your team? We encourage you to recognize their amazing efforts over the year(s) with this outstanding award. Applications are due every 15th the month before your event (if you have an event in December, you have until midnight EST today to apply). Review the submission guidelines here.
As you prepare for the season ahead, in all the excitement of getting ready (building, programming, engineering notebook making, outreach, etc.), we wanted to take a moment to share some great tips experienced coaches/mentors have shared with us over the years.
- STAY CALM. It might feel like there is so much to do before the competition, but just know, you are doing an amazing job.
- You MUST have ANSI Z87.1 certified safety glasses for every team member and guest (including parents).
- Even if your robot is not competition ready, GO TO YOUR EVENT. Attending an event is the best way for your team to learn from other teams, ask for help from volunteers, and learn from their fellow FIRST Tech Challenge participants.
- Learn when to STOP ADDING FUNCTIONALITY to your robot. It is better for your robot to be consistent when it arrives at competition. A week or two before your event, have your team work on practicing, testing, more testing, and more practicing. Last minute adds may not benefit your robot as much as spending time testing, practicing, and packing.
- PRACTICE YOUR JUDGE INTERVIEW. FIRST is More than RobotsSM. All events above a Meet level has a Judge Interview component (Game Manual Part 1, Section 5.4 and Section 10.3). Please review the Game Manual to ensure your team understands what to expect during the interview. FIRST has also created a Team Judging Self-Reflection Worksheet (under Preparing for Competition). Practice sharing your experiences over this season (both ups and downs) and explaining how your robot works. Try to ensure that everyone on the team understands how your robot works and can navigate your Engineering Notebook.
Email provided by:
Tina De Giso
FIRST Tech Challenge Program Coordinator
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
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