FTC Team Resources
FIRST and many other organizations, including other teams, provide a variety of resources and training for both veteran and rookie FIRST teams. This page contains links to manuals, documents and other resources that will increase your knowledge of FIRST and its various components.
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Coaches Newsletter - Sign up
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Coaches Newsletter - Archives; June 2016 - Present
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Google Group
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Newsletter - March 16, 2016
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Newsletter - November 5, 2015
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Newsletter - October 1, 2015
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Newsletter - September 14, 2015
- Maryland/DC FIRST Tech Challenge Team Leader Newsletter - August 21, 2015
- Math is Not a Four Letter Word - Presentation given by Andy Driesman, Mentor- 4318 Green Machine Reloaded at 2017 Kickoff
Covers questions like: How long should a “robot arm” be? Which gears should we use? In what combination? How do I stop burning up motors? How can we figure out what a robot will do without building it? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this session. Often teams take a “trial and error” approach to designing/building FTC robots. This is time intensive and can force teams into poor design solutions because they don’t have time to seek and implement better solutions. A basic understanding of physics and the judicious use of math will allow teams to quickly calculate how a robot will perform.
- Game and Season Materials - Current Season materials on the FIRSTinspires website
- Programming Resources - Up to date information of resources from FIRST
- Fundraising Toolkit - Set of resources to help your team come up with the documentation and pitch to raise funds
- Volunteer Resources - Includes Mentor Manual, updated legal/illegal parts lists, and more!
Fundraising and Grants
- Fundraising Ideas & Product Center - A collection of fundraising resources for non-profit organizations
- Fundraiser Help - A database of tips, tutorials, and ideas for school and non-profit fundraising
- Step By Step Fundraising - A cohesive listing of fundraising strategies, including a free monthly newsletter and e-book
- Maryland Community Foundations - Local foundations that may fund local education and STEM efforts.
- Sharkbiat Blog - 2017-18 Rookie Team's blog as they move through their rookie season.
- ASEE - The official website for the American Society of Engineering Education
- ASME - The official website for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- ASME Guide to Starting A FIRST Team
- Electrical Engineering School info - Online resource for Electrical Engineering undergrad programs.
- IEEE - The official website for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
- FIRST Community Alumni - Official community for alumni designed to increase continued support of FIRST.
- NASA Robotics Alliance - An educational program designed to increase robotics expertise in the U.S.
- NEMO - The official website for the FIRST Robotics Non-Engineering Mentor Organization, the support group and information exchange for adult mentors
- NSBE - The official website for the National Society of Black Engineers
- Robot Chicks Union - The official website for the Robot Chicks Union, advocates of the involvement of females in FIRST
- Science Resources - A non-profit organization that promotes quality science and engineering education
- SME - The official website for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
- SWE - The official website for the Society of Women Engineers, advocates for women achieving their full potential in engineering careers