In 2018-19, FIRST teams in British Columbia have access to a variety of grant opportunities. Some grants could help with paying registration fees, others are for equipment such as EV3 kits, WeDos or laptops.
Grant Application Deadline: Sept. 25, 2018 Complete the application form by Sept. 25, 2018 to be considered in the initial round of grants.
Some grants will be based on a specific criteria set by the sponsor, other grants are more open ended. The forms linked to below collect the information we need to allocate the grants. By completing our application your team will be reviewed for eligibility for all grants and considered for all grants for which your team is eligible. A more complete application will result in a better chance of receiving a grant.
All of the information collected in our application is relevant to the targets or goals of one or more of our grantors. Data collected in our application may be used in connection with grant reporting. Summary data could be used in newsletters, websites and marketing materials associated with FIRST British Columbia. At no time will student identifiable information be released or published.
The grant application will stay open as long as there are grants available.
Please complete the form for the program of your choice. If you work with multiple teams, please complete a new application for each team.
The new FIRST Season has already started. Come to the Season Launch to find out more about this year’s challenge, learn about robot programming, come up with ideas for the research project, and find out how to form a team or if there’s a team in your area.
The new FIRST Season has already started and all the challenges are themed around traveling to space this year.
Come to the Season Launch at Centre of the Universe to find out more about the challenges forFIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior Teams. You will have a opportunity to learn about robot programming, come up with ideas for the research project, and find out how to form a team or if there’s a team in your area.
In British Columbia, the 2018/19 FIRST Tech Challenge season uses a League format leading on the the Provincial Championship. It means that your team will get more opportunities to play matches with your robot.
All teams are encouraged to participate in two League events which will be held from November to February. The scores from the League events will carry forward to the British Columbia Championship.
New this year, some of the FIRST Tech Challenge events will be held in both the Vancouver area and Victoria.
At each League event, teams will play up to 5 matches. Scores from a maximum of 10 matches will carry forward to the Championship.
Season Schedule (see the Events page dates, times, and locations)
September – Kick-off
October – Workshops
November to January – League Events
February 23-24 2019 – British Columbia FTC Championship
St. Michael’s University School, Victoria
Questions and Answers
Why are there Leagues?
The primary reason for implementing Leagues is to create more opportunities for Teams to compete with the robots. Leagues encourage teams to learn about the Engineering Design Process by having the opportunity to design, build, test, evaluate, and then start the design cycle again.
Leagues should be easier for most students and teams to participate. They require less of a time commitment yet provide unique learning opportunities. Teams can learn from each other as the try new designs and improve their programming skills.
Leagues promote community: Teams interact more and develop closer ties.
How do League Rankings Work?
Teams receive scores for each Match they participate in. Their best 10 scores carry forward to the Championships (automated by the scoring system). All other Match scores for that team are discarded.
Could a team play more than ten matches in League play?
Teams may play more than ten matches in League play, but no team will have results from more than ten matches included in the team rankings at the start of the Championship.
Do teams hand in their Engineering Notebook at each League event?
It’s always a good idea to have your Engineering Notebook with your team, but you only need to hand in your Engineering Notebook for judging at the Championship.
If my team misses a League event, can we still compete in the Championship?
Yes, any team registered in the British Columbia Championship is welcome to compete. Your team will have fewer matches included in rankings at the end of the Qualifying Matches.
What is the difference between a League Event and the Championship Tournament?
At League events, teams will have a pit area, go through robot inspections and then start playing matches. Each team should expect to play 5 matches at a League event.
At the Championships, all teams will check in and be assigned a pit table. Each team will have an assigned 10 minute Judging Interview in the morning. After Opening Ceremonies, all teams will play in 5 Qualifying matches. The scores of these matches are added to the scores from League Play to rank the teams for Alliance Selection. The top four alliances will play off in the exciting Elimination Matches, followed by Closing Ceremonies and Awards.
Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST® celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing! Ready your robots to explore uncharted planets in ROVER RUCKUSSM.
In the 2018/2019 FIRST Tech Challenge season, teams will explore STEM concepts through a challenging, and out-of-this-world space-themed game. Prepare to rouse a ruckus and take your team on an adventure when the new season launches this September.
Forces of Atlantis ( FIRST LEGO League Team # 33968) are from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are representing Canada at the FLL Open International Event in June 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia with over 100 teams from all over the world! Continue reading “Forces of Atlantis in Estonia”
Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space! The 2018/19 FIRST® LEGO® League Season requires you to work together to break out of your earthly constraints. Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBITSM? Continue reading “FLL 2018/19 Season – INTO ORBIT”
For 30 years, FIRST® has inspired millions of young people to reach for the stars.
Blast off with FIRST Launch 2019 and find out what’s possible when we dream big and work together to inspire the next generation of innovators, technology leaders, and changemakers here on Earth – and beyond.
Find out more about all the FIRST programs at FIRST Launch 2019, registration is now open for the 2018/2019 season.
The Forces of Atlantis won the Champions Award at the BC Lower Mainland Regional Tournament in British Columbia. From there they were invited to the FLL Open in Tallinn Estonia on June 6-8. Here’s their story. Continue reading “FLL Team to Compete in Estonia”