June 9, 2017

06.19.17 Team Eblast

06.09.17 Team Eblast - MDE Grant l Kickoff l Mentor Camp l Reminders

May 25, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Season!

Thanks for your interest in forming a MI Middle School FTC team! In Michigan, we run a slightly different progression of programs from FIRST national. FIRST in Michigan (FiM) FTC is a middle school only program with teams comprised solely of MI middle school aged/grade team members. Teams must be properly aligned in order to be eligible for FiM FTC grants and to participate in FiM FTC events. 

Velocity Vortex Certificates

Certificates of Participation and Appreciation for the 2016-2017 FTC Velocity Vortex season are linked below. Thanks to all for a great season!

Certificate of Participation (Team Members)

Certificate of Appreciation (Mentors, Volunteers, etc.)

May 19, 2017

05.19.17 Team Eblast

05.19.17 Team Eblast

March 25, 2017

03.17.17 Team Eblast

We have two FIRST in Michigan FTC spring events on the docket: Agendas and Event Information are updated often. Please bookmark and check back often.

May 5-6, 2017
Vassar Middle/High High School
220 Athletic Street
Vassar, MI 48768

May 12-13, 2017
McCollough Unis Middle School
7801 Maple St.
Dearborn, MI 48126

January 1, 2017

FLL to Middle School FTC Transition

Welcome to our MI middle school FLL teams looking to transition to middle school FTC! A synopsis of the program is below followed by info on available grants. It's a bit long of a read but worth it!

FIRST In Michigan FTC is a middle school only program giving this age group their own "turf" on which to learn and play. FTC has proven to be a great fit for middle school students - keeping them engaged in STEM while building 21st century skills like programming in Java, app development, metal TETRIX build platform, and they control their robots with Smart Phones! Our middle school FTC students take their applicable skills and hit the ground running when they join their high school FRC teams. Visit our MI FTC State Championship photos to see our teams and program in action.

The 2016-2017 Team Start Up Guide  provides an overview of the program and answers many FAQs. An often asked question is the appropriateness of the program for 6th grade students. We currently have many 6th graders on middle school FTC teams; a mixed age team works best as the older students can help bridge the knowledge gap of the younger ones. Plus, then your team will only need to re-populate the 8th graders year to year. Great sustainability plan!

August 29, 2016

FTC Season Kickoff Sept. 10th, 12pm!

The 2016-2017 FTC season will kickoff on Sept. 10th with an online "reveal' of new game. Visit the FIRST FTC (national) game page at 12pm (noon) to view the game animation and to access the all important Game Manual 2 containing the rules and details of this season's challenge. Game Manual 1 has already been published and can be accessed at: http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info.