September 2012 - Coach Blast #3

This is our third blast of the season. If this your first time reading an HTK blast, you can catch up on our website. All Coach Blasts will be posted in the library 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


Regional Tournament Registration opens TOMORROW!

To attend a Minnesota Regional Tournament you will register with High Tech Kids. It is $60 per team. You must be nationally registered with FIRST to compete in our tournaments.

Please PLEASE, read through the Regional Tournament Registration Page, it will answer many of your questions and explain the process! There will be an active registration link on the bottom of this page at 8am Friday, September 14th.

Thank you to all the Tournament Directors and schools for stepping up and offering 16 MN Regionals! View our confirmed Tournament Schedule.



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 (LAST ONE this MONDAY!)

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

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


Rookie Team Training (registration is open)

This is a 3-hour training session for coaches and their team members. One adult and up to three kids per team allowed. You will explore the four essentials for a successful FLL team: programming, robotic design, the research project and core values. This is for new teams only. Bring your laptop with software loaded, robot built, USB cable and charger. There is no fee for this event.

 For directions and registration information

Sat, October. 6th   Shoreview
Chippewa Middle School


Advanced Programming Class (registration is open)

We are offering an Advanced Programming session for one adult coach to attend with two team members. This is a lecture-style session with our programming judge to help you learn more advanced concepts. Come to watch, listen, talk and learn!  There is no fee for this event. Bring your robot, laptop with software loaded, charger cable
For directions and registration information

Sat, October. 6th  
Chippewa Middle School


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!


Resources and Website Links

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


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2012 Season Sponsors


With Grant Support

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



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