September 2012 - Coach Blast #2

This is our second blast of the season. If this your first time reading an HTK blast, please read #1 posted on our website. All Coach Blasts will be posted here for reference.

We are here to enable you and your team to fully participate in our great Minnesota STEM programs. Welcome aboard and thank you for coaching.

-All of us at High Tech Kids



If you have NOT registered your team with FIRST and ordered a Field Setup Kit, we recommend that you do so now! FIRST will close registration sometime between mid-late September or as soon as Field Setup Kits sell out.


Coaches Training starts this Saturday!!

For coaches only. We will review the missions, research project and go over the changes for the season. Bring your questions and choose the session that works best for you!
For directions and other training information

Sat, Sept. 8th  1pm-3pm
Eden Praire
Central Middle School
(must enter on West side of building)

Tues, Sept. 11th  6-8pm
St. Paul
Capitol Hill Magnet School
(Meeting in Blue Atrium, enter Red doors facing hwy 94)

Mon, Sept. 17th 7-9pm   
Golden Valley
Good Shepherd School
(Meeting in Aftercare Room)


Senior Solutions Challenge is Released

The Senior Solutions Challenge and Rules are now posted. Check the FIRST website for the most current information.

*Changes for this year...please read*

For those returning coaches, we have some changes to announce. We had over 400 MN teams last year and we are on track to hit 10% growth this year, so we are adapting...

1. There will be NO divisions this year. We are the only State that had separate age groups and eliminating this will simplify many processes.

2. We are excited to offer a new tournament choice geared for rookie or late-starting teams. GO FIRST! will be sponsoring a MN Regional Tournament at the University of Minnesota in late February. As this is after our MN State Championship, this regional is for teams not interested in advancing onto State and those who want a longer, more relaxed build season. You may NOT participate in a Qualifying Tournament in addition to this tournament, your team must pick ONE.

3. We will NOT be requiring teams to create a Core Values Poster and we will NOT be requiring teams to bring a design statement. Some regional partners are doing this, we in Minnesota are NOT!


Regional Tournament Registration opens SEPT 16th!

To attend a Minnesota Regional Tournament you will register with High Tech Kids. Registration will open on our website around September 16th and is $60 per team. You must be nationally registered with FIRST to compete in tournaments. We are still working on tournament sites and dates, but here is our TENTATIVE schedule.


Resources and Website Links

Take some time to explore the High Tech Kids and FIRST LEGO League websites. Here are some quick links...


$200 for your team if your participate in FIRST study

"Team leaders who participate in the study will receive a stipend of $200 in the first year of the study as a “Thank you” for their time and effort. Teams to be included in the study will be selected from among those who respond, with the goal of providing a nationally representative sample of teams in the study."
Learn More Here


For our FLL Graduates or those looking for the next step!

FIRST TECH Challenge (FTC) is a robotics program for 7th-12th graders. For more information about this program, attend this event!

FTC Team 4140 – Fish in the Boat and FRC Team 2169 – KING TeC would like to announce the 2012–2013 MN FTC Kickoff and Workshops.

Who: Current, Future and Potential FTC teams. Come see what FTC is all about. Open to the Public.

What: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Season Kickoff & Workshops.  Jumpstart your team by joining other Minnesota FTC teams for the World Wide 2012–2013 FTC Kickoff.

When: Saturday, September 8, 2012

Where: Lakeville North High SchoolNorth Entrance
19600 Ipava Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

More information and updates will be posted online.


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2012 Season Sponsors


With Grant Support

Ecolab Foundation
Lockheed Martin
Pentair Foundation
Great River Energy
Xcel Energy Foundation
Thomson Reuters



2012 In-Kind Donors


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If you value our programs and have the ability to help support us, we accept donations all year round! Thank you in advance from the 2,400+ kids, 400+ coaches, 200+ volunteers and 2 staff members!  
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