back throughout the season as we add resources for education and research for
JFLL, FLL, and FTC challenges.
Scroll down for lots of resources . Get them now!
Team Info Sheets, Maps, Rules, Worksheets, Rulers and
NOTE: IT IS BEST TO 'RIGHT CLICK' ON THE LINKS BELOW AND
CHOOSE "Save Target As..." to download the documents.
OUR FTC ROBOT THROWING OUT THE
FIRST PITCH AT AN IRONBIRDS GAME...
A Note about Printing Elements at Kinkos or
Some stores have refused to print our documents based on Kinkos corporate
copyright policy. However, the documents below do not fall under the policy. If
you have a problem just print out the
FLL Communications Page at this link and show them you are authorized to use
FLL and US FIRST Graphics.
A Note about Acrobat Files for MAC/LINUX
The files below are in Acrobat 8 format for high quality reproduction.
If you are on an older Mac or Linux system you may have problems opening them.
Sometimes the MAC native PDF viewer does not show complex PDFs correctly. You
should install the actual ACROBAT READER to view them.
You can download the latest Acrobat Reader from Adobe at
However, Acrobat Reader 8&9 is not available for all platforms.
A Note about Downloading Files:
It is always preferable to use the HTTP download method rather than
just clicking on a file link. All you need to do is right-click on a link (on
most computers) or click and hold on older Mac and choose the 'save as...'
option. Depending on your browser this will read: "Save Target As..." or "Save
Link As..." or "Save File As..." You can then save the file to your desktop or
other location for use instead of opening it directly into your browser.
US FIRST RESOURCES: READ EVERYTHING AT THE
CHALLENGE PAGES. DON'T SKIP ONE DOCUMENT.
FTC Getting Started
FIRST TM (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Cool FTC Controller Overlay
Many teams saw the
controller overlays that FTC 7 had in
Atlanta. We are making the core
Photoshop file available to all FTC
download file below is a layered
Photoshop file (illustrated to the
right). See the notes below and have
- You will need
Photoshop CS3 or higher to manage
- You must have
some proficiency in Photoshop to use
- You must print
this at 100% (not fit to page or
- Print onto 8.5 x
11 label sheets (or Euro
equivalent). Trim and have fun.
- Turn off the
appropriate layers before printing (esp
the ‘Contoller Photo’ layer).
- The “PrintAreas”
folder contains a blank label
template. You can clone it and add
your own colors and sections.
Send us some photos
of your controllers and we'll post them
file as a zip file. Right click and
choose "Save Target/File As..." so save
3M Super Sticky Removable
Full Sheet Labels, 8-1/2" x 11",
Laser-Inkjet, 25 Labels Per
Pack, White 2500L
BUY THEM FROM
SPECIAL NOTE: This year's FTC field
system requires you to use the
controllers provided at the field (you
cannot use your own). You can still use
the labels by using printable Post-It
note material (see lower left of this
Bowled Over Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes
Updated 9/12/2011 at 12p US Eastern
Adds penalty scores and a way to show scored stacked on
It is essential that you start early in your work to try timed and scored
runs. Even if you only have a few missions done you should still practice them.
Remember, these are not official scoring sheets so please always always
always check the game rulings at the FIRST LEGO League site.
NEW: First Excel Scoring Sheet from the Girl
Scouts of the Jersey Shore First Lego League Team #3210: Electro Llamas.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SPREADSHEET
Requires MS Excel with Macros Enabled.
Best Place to Buy an Engineering
Here is the link for their engineering notebooks:
We have used these books for the past four years. They are elegantly
constructed, immensely durable, and feel and look great. They will emboss it
with your team's name/number as well. They come in various sizes and pages
counts. We recommend the A4 or 8 7/8 * 11 1/4" format.
And they are super friendly and ship everywhere...
Photos and Video from the Maryland FTC Kick Off Event
We had a great kickoff event on Sept 10, 2011 at
Capitol College in Laurel,
Click below to see the photos and clear shots of the new field.
Click below to watch the Team Tips presentation for rookie and veteran teams.
FOR FTC TEAMS THIS IS A MUST
FTC Robotics: Tips,
Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets: 2011 Edition NEW!
196 pages of the best FTC tips from four
veteran teams: Less than $11 on Amazon.
This book is simply the best overall intro to FTC. We own
two of them.
Your mission: Buy one today.
The best selling book on FTC Robotics just got better: Updated with over 40
pages of new material for the 2011/12 season! FIRST Tech Challenge is the
fastest growing FIRST robotics competition for students, but there has never
before been a single volume to instruct new and veteran teams alike on how to
navigate the competitions' rich complexities. This book contains the accumulated
wisdom of several champion teams who have won major state level championships as
captain teams. The volume is organized into sections covering every aspect of
FTC competition, each section containing bite-sized chunks of information: a
single sentence describing a tip, trick, strategy, or secret used by top ranked
teams, followed by a paragraph or two of examples, explanations, pictures, or
diagrams. Over four hundred of these recommendations are detailed in this book.
The new 2011/12 edition contains new sections on Samantha WiFi and working
with plastic, as well as dozens of new illustrations, code samples, and other
updated information. By following these recommendations, your team is sure to
improve, and maybe even become a champion team as a result!
Mundane and Boring Subjects that will Change Your Digital Life
This a series one page articles that summarize all the key points of
critical communications issues. The topics in red below will be of particular
interest to mentors and teams. But you should still read the all them.
FIVE IMPORTANT BUSINESS PRINCIPLES 3
FILE NAMING SO YOU CAN FIND YOUR WORK 4
FOLDER NAMING AND VERSIONING 5
A MOST EXCELLENT TIP FOR OUTLOOK PART 1 6
E-COMMERCE IS HARD: No Magic Bullets 7
FORMAT YOUR EMAIL IN A SENSIBLE MANNER 8
DON’T SEND TO, CC OR BCC WHEN YOU SHOULD SEND PERSONALLY 9
NITTY GRITTY OF WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT 10
WHAT IS A CORPORATE ID? 11
DESIGNING A LOGO 12
THE SIX BASIC WORD FUNCTIONS TO KNOW 13
GOOD TYPE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. REALLY. 14
CAN YOU WEATHER :) CLOUD COMPUTING? 15
FROM 36 EXPOSURES TO 3600: HOW TO SORT DIGITAL PHOTOS 16
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FLOW CHART 17
PRIMER ON THE REASON FOR REQUIREMENTS 18
UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION 19
This document will be updated in the next with a number of new, useful
articles so be sure to subscribe to our NL.
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