FTC-Iowa: Important Dates for 2014-2015

Beginning May 14: FIRST Registration opens to teams.

**However, teams need to apply and receive Rockwell Collins & John Deere funding prior to registering with FIRST.**

Mid-May May, 2014: Rockwell Collins Grants open.

June 6, 2014 - October 3, 2014: John Deere Inspire Grants - Accepting Applications

July 23-25, 2014: Professional Development in West Des Moines

  • Intended Audience: Rookie coaches, returning coaches and volunteers.
  • Goal: To give coaches and volunteers and opportunity to work together and learn about FIRST and the FTC Season. We will be doing role-playing activities as well as a mini robotics competition.
  • Pre-registration is required.

September 6, 2014: FIRST Tech Challenge Kick-Off

  • The game is revealed to teams and volunteers. The teams “build season” begins immediately.

September 9, 2014:

September 15, 2014:

Late September – November, 2014: Professional Development for Scale-Up recipients

  • Intended Audience: All Scale-Up FTC recipients
  • Goal: To educate the recipients about the tournament structure and the “tournament in a box” and how to host successful events. Also will be available to answer questions about the FTC Scale-Up process.
  • Locations: To be determined by each STEM Manager.
  • Dates: To be determined by each STEM Manager.
  • Before October 31, 2014: Equipment will be distributed to the funded LEAs. Large equipment will be directly shipped to the LEAs, the smaller (a.k.a. tournament in a box) will be distributed during the PD sessions in September/October.

November 8, 2014 – january 10, 2015: meet Season

  • Teams will have an opportunity of competing in at least three meet events.
  • Meets are coordinated by the leagues.

January 17, 2015 - February 14, 2015: League Championship Events

  • All teams will participate in a League Championship
  • No more than two League Championships will occur on the same day.
  • Teams will advance from the League Championship to the FTC-Iowa Championship

March 6-7, 2015: FTC-Iowa Championship at the Coralville Marriott, Coralville, Iowa.

  • The top 48 teams from Iowa will be invited to compete.

Late march- Early April, 2015: FTC North Super Regional

  • This event will pull in a total of 72 teams representing 15 states. Teams from Iowa advancing will be determined at the FTC-Iowa Championship in March, 2015.

April, 2015: Assessment will be conducted.