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2014 NorCal FTCquel at the Maker Faire - Thanks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Edelman   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00


A huge thanks to our 12 competing FTC teams for a great off-season event.

Winning Alliance :  4800 & 5157

Finalist Alliance:  7303 & 6002


And we received an Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon!

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 09:33
2015-sponsor PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Sunday, 01 September 2013 16:25

NorCal FTC is
sponsored by


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:00
Northern California honored to organize FTC West SuperRegional PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:26

Northern California is honored to be selected for the inaugural Super-Regional tournament to serve the FTC West Region which encompasses the western part of mainland US plus Hawaii and Alaska.  [Regions]

If you are on facebook, there is a FTC West SuperRegional group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTCWestSuperRegional  to be a gathering place for ideas, feedback and status.

Much help is needed!  If you can help specifically with planning, please let Mark or I know.  



FTC Community,

Thanks to the efforts of FIRST volunteers, FTC has seen strong program growth and a new level of competition is needed to give the growing number of teams more opportunities to participate.  The introduction of a new advancement tier allows FTC to maintain a sustainable event structure, continue offering merit-based advancement and increase the level of competition.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, FTC teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super-Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC World Championship.

The four Super-Regional tournaments will be hosted in Northern California, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania.  These locations were selected based on timing, accessibility, safety, local support, and resources to execute a strong event.

Super-Regionals are FIRST-endorsed events and are expected to expand outside of the U.S. in the future.  Please refer to the Super-Regionals FAQ page for more information.


FLL to FTC Graduation Grants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Edelman   
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10:53

For the 2012-2013 season, there are two grant programs that apply to
rookie FIRST Tech Challenge teams that form with one or more team members
that participated in FIRST LEGO League.


The 1st program "FIRST Graduation Grants" provides a waiver of the FTC
Team registration fee ($275) as well as $300 towards parts and materials.

The 2nd program "LEGO Foundation Grant" provides $100 per FLL graduate
(max of $300 per team) towards an FTC Competition kit.

Teams can apply for either or both of these grants!

The 1st program requires teams to have an affiliation with a non-profit
that will accept the funds on the team's behalf.

Playing At Learning is willing to provide this affiliation to NorCal FTC teams,
subject to a few conditions:

  • Teams that are applying for the grant and wanting Playing At Learning's support must send a short email to ftc@playingatlearning.org including the team name/number and complete contact information for an adult coach.

  • Teams must agree to provide Playing At Learning a signed W-9 form for the designated recipient of the check.

  • Teams must complete a Playing At Learning re-granting form (form will be published shortly)

We are hopeful that many of our graduating FLL students will find
creative ways to take advantage of this grant opportunity!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:58
2012 NorCal FTCquel at the Maker Faire! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Edelman   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:15

We are excited to let you know that Team Registration is open for the 2012 Maker Faire FTCquel !  

Maker Faire is a weekend commitment!   It is May 18-20   at San Mateo Fairgrounds.    Setup and robot inspection is required starting at Friday afternoon and teams will participate in matches throughout the weekend - and help with packout on Sunday.     We will include time "off" for both Saturday and Sunday for teams to go out and enjoy Maker Faire   - it is crazy fun.

Your $125 Team Registration includes weekend entry for team members (up to 4 student team members) plus 1 adult mentor or coach. Also, includes 1 weekend parking pass as well as shirts and pins for each person.  You will be able to add additional team members and additional adults in the payment section.   In addition,  we will need a signed Maker Faire  release form from all team members and adults participating and we will need names of everyone participating.

Note that we have set registration to 18 teams and will know soon if we can add 6 more teams (depends on how much space that the Maker folks will give us for teams).

To register:   http://www.playingatlearning.org/FTC/MakerReg/Maker_Registration.php   
To pay:  http://www.playingatlearning.org/FTC/MakerReg/pay_MF.html      

Teams that register (and pay) before May 1st will receive an individual, custom Maker Faire commemorative "Maker Poster".     

Not sure what Maker Faire is all about - check out their website at  http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2012/

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 July 2012 20:37

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