08.22.19 Team Eblast

There will be a first come-first served giveaway of last season’s ROVER RUCKUS game elements this Sunday, August 25th. There are landers, craters, balls, cubes available. Think prototyping material! Details:

Arconic Grant – open, closes Aug. 30
This grant is open to FIRST Tech Challenge teams for the 2019-2020 season. A submission does not guarantee funding.

  • Team must be located within a 25-mile radius of the Arconic locations within the United States. Link to Argosy locations.
  • In Michigan, the Arconic locations are in Farmington Hills and Whitehall
This grant is re-grantable and will be awarded as follows:
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Rookies – $1,000
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Veterans – $500
The application for this grant is now open and will close August 30, 2019. Teams will receive information via the coach’s email on the status of their application on September 6. If you have any questions regarding this grant, please reach out to ftcgrants@firstinspires.org.

Visit the GRANTS page of the FIRST in Michigan FTC website for details.  Direct link: Argosy Grant Application

DonorsChoose: Special offer Aug 18-24
Attention Teachers: From August 18-24 only, when you submit your first DonorsChoose.org classroom project, your project will receive an automatic $50 kickoff donation from the DonorsChoose.org Team. You’ll also receive a shareable promo code, doubling additional donations made during your project’s first week on the site.

You can create projects for Pitsco and/or Andy Mark materials or robot parts, tools, laptops, tablets, 3D printers, or any other related team materials. Get started here.

AndyMark Sweepstakes – closes Sept. 4
FIRST has announced a sweepstakes sponsored by AndyMark. FTC teams registered for the season by September 4, 11:59 p.m. ET will be entered to win one of these three prizes: a REV Competition Kit, a TETRIX competition kit, or a full SKYSTONE game field set. All details, official rules, and link to the no-purchase entry form are on the FIRST Tech Challenge 2019 Kickoff Sweepstakes landing page. All winners will be announced during the Kickoff celebration on FIRSTtv.

REV Robotics Veteran Team Sponsorship Opportunity – closes Sept. 30
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 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. To explore the sample first unit of the curriculum and provide feedback: FTC Drivetrain and Gearing Sample Unit.

Visit the FIRST in Michigan GRANTS website page for the latest available grant opportunities. Key elements for most grants:

  • Teams must be comprised solely of middle school grade team members.
  • Affiliated with a school or established youth enrichment 501(c)(3) organization. A school affiliation maximizes the use of available grants.
  • Must compete in a FIRST in Michigan sanctioned event in the given season.
  • New teams are eligible for rookie grants when all existing team(s) out of the same school/organization are registered for the current season.
    • The intent of the grant funding is to assist a new team with their initial start up costs (FTC registration fee and reusable kit of parts).
    • Team members and mentors may move through the program but the team number and kit of parts stay with the school/organization for reuse year to year.


  • 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%.