Eclipse being replaced by VS Code

From: FRC Blog

For the 2019 season, C++ and Java development are moving from Eclipse (with deploy based on Ant scripts) to Microsoft’s VS Code (with deploy based on Gradle via GradleRIO). Given this significant change, we wanted to provide an opportunity for all teams to be able test the new IDE and tooling. The alpha is open to everyone to try, and will use existing 2018 core libraries (wpilib, ntcore, cscore, etc), meaning it is compatible with your robots, existing code and vendor libraries (like NavX, Phoenix, etc). More info about the alpha test, and instructions on how to get started with the new VS Code system can be found on ScreenSteps.

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FRC Team Accepting Applications

Are you a student and you would like to be on an FRC team but your school doesn’t have have one?

Are you an adult with skills such as Engineering, Programming, Project Management, Sales, Business Management or just like helping students build cool stuff like robots and would like to mentor youth?

Well Team #4764 – The Memphis MechWarriors is currently accepting applications to join the team!

The team meets at the Cloud 901 space in the Benjamin L. Hooks library. Check out their website HERE.

Clicking the graphic above takes you directly to the application page!

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TVA Grant Available

I know you have been anxiously awaiting news about the TVA grants this season, so I’m pleased to inform you that we received the funds today and are ready to dispense to teams. We will be utilizing the new process we implemented last season. However, one change is now that the registration is bundled with the challenge set, the complete bundle will be covered. Please see below:

Team Eligibility:

  • All FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding (that includes all of TN), which will cover $500 towards Registration for your team
  • Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a team number, however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
  • A maximum of 256 TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until December 1, 2018 OR until team registration closes in your region/nationally OR until we reach the 256 team grant cap – whichever comes first. If we get close to reaching the 256 team cap, we will notify all Partners (and we will post it on this blog).

Next Steps:

  • All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST
  • FIRST will send grant information and the application link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season. The list of last season’s TVA teams that we will contact is attached for your reference – any teams that have already paid their registration for this season have been removed from the list.
  • We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that did not receive funding last season.
  • You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels

TVA Grant Process

  • FIRST will review all grant requests each Wednesday by noon, Eastern Time.
  • FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process usually takes 48 hours.
  • Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5 business days.
  • Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process – 1. To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application 2. To notify them of approval and application of funds 3. Information about recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of the TVA logo.
  • Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
  • Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Ryanne Cook at .
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Name the Planet

DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company brings us to a planet in deep space that is as mysterious as it is inhospitable. This lifeless planet presents many challenges: Its atmosphere is toxic, its ever-changing landscape is dangerous and unpredictable, and…it has no name. Would you like to name it? Now is your team’s chance to influence our story and be forever known as the team that gave our planet its name!

Enter our “Name the Planet” contest today. If you are the winning team, YOUR entry will be featured in our teaser for the 2019 season of FIRST Robotics Competition. Have a great idea? Consult with your teammates and coaches, and enter your team’s submission today – only one submission per team, please. Hurry: The contest deadline is August 15!

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Doyenne Inspiration – All-Girls FRC Event

This unique event will help young women interested in engineering hone their skills, increase their confidence and provide a peer-filled opportunity to network and grow.

Details to help encourage your young women to attend:

Doyenne Inspiration
Friday, September 14 – Meet successful women in STEM and learn more about their journeys; Confirmed panelists include: Rebecca Register, NetApp Software Engineers, Dr. Laura Bottomley, Director Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place at NC State University, Radhika Kulkarni, SAS VP Analytics. More details to come!

Saturday, September 15 – All-girl teams will replay FIRST Power Up

Girls are welcome to register as individuals and we will work with them to form a team for this event. Girls may also register with a group of friends to form a new team or to combine with other young women looking to join a team for the day. And teams of 4+ girls can register as a single team to compete.

We need a minimum of 12 teams to make this event work and we are half-way there. Please share this information widely and encourage your young women to join us for a fun and empowering day of robots.

Details can be found here.

We will also hold a webinar to answer any questions on SATURDAY, AUG 4 at 1:00pm. Register for the webinar here.

Doyenne Inspiration Planning Committee

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