October 2012 - Coach Blast #4

This is our fourth 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.


Tournament Registration CLOSES this Monday!!

If you have not registered your team for a Minnesota Regional Tournament - DO NOT DELAY. This system closes 6pm this Monday, October 15th!

Regional Tournament Registration Page



Hands-on Programming Class 

Brian Kleinke, long-time programming judge, is offering his
Hands-on Programming class to MN FLL teams. One adult plus one student from each team can attend. We have capacity for 36 attendees. The cost is $20 for 2 attendees and will include 2 admissions to The Works Museum for that day and a snack. Bring your computer and robot and get ready for some fun! 
We will send out more information and robot specifications to registered attendees. 

(If you took this class in the Spring, this will be a repeat of information. We will be offering a more advanced class, later this year.)


When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
10:15 AM - 12:30 AM

Please arrive by 10:15 to set-up we will begin promptly at 10:30)
Where: The Works Museum
9740 Grand Avenue
Bloomington, MN  55420
See Map



FIRST Registration number to sell?

Did you register a team with FIRST and it never got going? We have 5 coaches on the waiting list, hoping to buy a FIRST registration number...Please email Vicki if you do, vicki@hightechkids.org!



 HTK Plea for Volunteers...

Hello Friend,

As you know, we are gearing up for our largest FLL season ever! With over 500 MN Teams, 15 Regional Tournaments, a 72-team Minneapolis Public Schools Tournament and one huge State Championship, WE NEED YOU! Please consider becoming an HTK volunteer or pass this along to someone that would!

Volunteer Training 
 You will only need to attend ONE, so choose the date that works and feel free to bring a friend. We do require a background check, but we make it easy! At our training events we will have the forms and a notary available. Just bring a photo id and we will take care of the rest! After this training you will have a better idea of what volunteer role suits you!

Our trainings don't require registration unless you attend the November 17th one. We are holding this training at the Plymouth Regional Tournament. We will provide lunch and you will have an opportunity to sit in on a judging session or referee at the robot table. Sign up for Nov. 17th Volunteer Training.

After attending a training session, we ask that you fill out your 
Season AvailabilityThis helps us place you at a  Regional Tournament  that fits your schedule. 

Every year our programs give over 3,500 MN kids a positive experience that opens the doors to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers. This volunteer experience is unlike any other! Not only will you be inspired by today's youth, but you will join a community of like-minded adults and know you made a difference. We look forward to seeing you at one of our training events!

Thank you again,

Sarah Bonvallet

Programs Manager - High Tech Kids


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 3,500+ kids, 500+ coaches, 200+ volunteers and 3 part-time staff members!  

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