Delaware FTC teams gathered at DSU last Saturday September 6, for the kick off of 2014-15 FTC completion challenge- Cascade Effect. The event was co sponsored by Diamond State FTC and Delaware State University.
DSFTC also announced its schedule of technical workshops, scrimmages, and competitions for the season. Online registration for Duel on the Delaware FTC Scrimmage will open on Oct. 1, 2014.
In a recent editorial in Delaware News Journal, Ted Kaufman, an engineer, former US senator and long-time advocate of STEM and engineering education, spotlights our organization– First State Robotics– along with Delaware Technology Student Association (DETSA) for providing opportunities for Delaware students to explore STEM as a possible career choice. Sen. Kauffman believes all students should learn that engineering can be fun; engineers make a difference; and anyone can become an engineer.
STEM programs show promise for future generations A new Brookings Institute report should encourage kids to consider a STEM education, career
Also of interest:
Brief video excerpt from C-SPAN of Sen. Kaufmann’s ‘First State Robotics’ Senate floor speech, given September 2009 (from University of Delaware Library Exhibits)
For the upcoming 2014- 2015 season, new FTC teams may be eligible for grants from FIRST. Grants are for $275 and cover first year registration fees. Teams are responsible for raising additional funds for robot kits, event registration, and any team expenses.
For more information and to apply:
FTC grant info
FTC sample budget 2014-15
Grant-related questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about Delaware team registration should be directed to FTCDSU@gmail.com.