08.14.19 Team Eblast

FIRST FTC (HQ) has released Game Manual Part 1. This is a critical must-read doc for all teams and team members. It can be found on FIRST FTC’s game page: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info. Don’t be confused that the website page title still says ROVER RUCKUS.

The FIRST in Michigan FTC website has a new blog category where teams can share tips and resources with our FIRST in Michigan FTC community. Visit the blog from the Team Eblast page or directly via this link:  https://firstnh.org/main/category/team-talk/. Those wishing to share a topic-specific, constructive post with our FTC community should email their entry to michiganftc@gmail.com for consideration. Please put “Team Talk Submission” in the subject line of your email.

Thank you to FTC 5385/5391 Coach Dressel for the idea and for sharing our first entry about accessing early game information!

For the 2019-2020 Skystone Season, REV will sponsor 50+ veteran teams from a variety of regions (our region is “Michigan-FiM”) with $250 store credit for use on REV products. The sponsorship is intended for veteran teams that excel on the playing field while being good stewards of their local FIRST community through sharing their knowledge with other teams.

Fill out the form embedded on this page: http://www.revrobotics.com/team-sponsorship/.  Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, September 30, 2019. Teams must be registered for the current season.

FIRST has announced FTC Class Packs which is a non-competitive FTC platform for educators wishing to implement STEM/robotics in their classrooms. FIRST Class Packs provide educators with materials to support 30 students.

The Class Pack coupled with an after school competitive FTC team provides the best of both worlds to students. An in-class experience to introduce STEM robotics to all students plus an after school competitive team (with a free kit) for those students who catch the “robotics bug” and want to take it to the next level. Similar to taking basketball in gym class and having the opportunity to play on the competitive school team.

The competitive FTC team(s) are eligible for all FIRST, FIRST in Michigan, MDE (team grant and stipend; still in legislation), and sponsor specific grants. Class Packs aren’t eligible for FIRST in Michigan team grants but schools are able to apply for ESSA/Perkins funds or other classroom-based STEM programming funding or grants (like MISTEM Advisory Council Grants) to cover the investment.

If you’d like more information on the Class Pack or starting a competitive team, please reach out to FIRST in Michigan FTC at michiganftc@gmail.com.

FIRST in Michigan is taking steps towards connecting the FTC experience to middle school curriculum standards. The current Schoology curriculum is more of a “how to” guide and is geared towards high school teams. Our approach will utilize currently existing materials and resources, fit them to middle school curriculum standards, and develop the necessary materials/resources to “fill the holes” and create a cohesive, quality product that can be used both in and out of the classroom.

If you are an educator or curriculum person and would like to be a contributor on the investigative stage of the initiative, please fill out this FTC Curriculum Survey.


  • SKYSTONE game elements are available for pre-order from AndyMark.
  • Veteran teams are able but not required to purchase FTC Kit of Parts components through the FTC Storefront. Storefront purchases are limited to once per season per component category.
  • Discount codes for REV and Pitsco are available through the FTC Storefront. From the FTC Storefront, click on the “SUPPORT” link on the top right corner. Once redirected, scroll down the site page and click on “How to Order Extra Parts” link in the leftmost sidebar. REV offers a 15% discount and Pitsco offers 25%.