FAQ : FIRST @ UVM : University of Vermont
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FIRST@UVM Frequently Asked Questions:


What is FIRST?
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.  The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  Read more at : http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/vision.


What is UVM's involvement?
UVM is the FTC affiliated partner for 2014.  UVM will organize all aspects of the Vermont Regional Team FTC competition to be held on Saturday March 1, 2014. 


What is FTC?
FTC is the FIRST Tech Challenge. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams are comprised of 7-12th graders.  To learn more of the FTC program, go to : http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

To register an FTC team, please go to : http://www.uvm.edu/~first/?Page=registration.php


What about FRC & FLL Challenges?
To find out about other FIRST robotics teams and events in this area, please go to : http://www.usfirst.org/whatsgoingon


Who can compete?
For the FIRST @UVM event, any group of students within grades 9-12 can form a team for the challenge.  Teams consist of up to 10 students and can have any affiliation - common school or home schoolers, boy scouts, girl scouts, 4-H, etc.  Teams require mentors, sponsors and passionate students.  To learn more about forming an FTC team, please go to : http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/team-resources.  To learn more about mentoring a team, please go to : http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/mentor-coach-role.  To volunteer to be a mentor for a team for FIRST@UVM, please go to : http://www.uvm.edu/~first/?Page=volunteer.php.


What is the game?  What are the rules?
The 2014 FTC game is called Block Party.  For game rules, information about the playing field, scoring instructions and video simulations of the Ring It Up challenge, please go to : http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game.


How many teams can register for this challenge?
There is a cap of 30 teams, of which 12 will be Vermont based teams and 18 out of state.


How can I volunteer?
We need many volunteers to make this a success for the students involved.   There are many roles to fill.   There are many official roles, some are explained here : http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/first-tech-challenge-volunteer-opportunitieshttp://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/first-tech-challenge-volunteer-opportunities.  To help with all aspects of the competition, please go to : http://www.uvm.edu/~first/?Page=volunteer.php.


Is there any other information about local involvement in FIRST?
Megan James wrote an excellent article in the October 1, 2012 issue of KidsVT of the Essex High School FTC team.  See : http://www.kidsvt.com/vermont/teen-transformers/Content?oid=2145269.


How can I keep up to date with information about the challenge?
Our Twitter feed is @FIRSTVermont.  Our Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Firstuvm/442136049165666. For other questions please contact us at first@uvm.edu

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