Girls of Steel Junior Member (FTC team 9820) Application 2017-2018

Here is the application for the Girls of Steel Junior Member (FTC team 9820) program for the 2017-2018 season. One of the goals of the program is to allow 8th graders to have the opportunity to shadow a Girl of Steel after the FTC competition season so they will be familiar with the expectations and demands of being on an FRC team later in high school. You must be entering 8th grade to apply for this program and 13 years old by December 31, 2017.

Girls of Steel Junior Members will be participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition as FTC team 9820, The Girls of Steel Juniors, and after the FTC competition season they will be invited to attend Girls of Steel build season meetings. All preseason FTC meetings take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 8:30 pm in Newell Simon Hall. Junior members will be invited to participate at Girls of Steel outreach events and other local events. The FTC season kick-off takes place on September 9th. Here's the teaser video for FIRST Relic Recovery: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season. Here's the link to the Penn FTC events page <http://www.ftcpenn.org/ftc-events/2017-2018-season> which will be updated as tournaments are scheduled.

Read about the past season for the Girls of Steel Juniors here: http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/girlsofsteel/first-tech-challenge-team-9820/

Junior members will be responsible for their own transportation to and from events, meetings, or competitions, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for any overnight travel.

Please complete the following form completely. This form is to be completed by students. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 1st!

For the short answers, formatting notes are provided below. For the long answers at the bottom, we are just surveying and it is okay if your answer is "Not Applicable;" this will not give you any disadvantage.

Girls of Steel Fees:
There are three components to the fees associated with the Girls of Steel Junior Member program.
1) A $175 Materials and Registration fee that is payable on or before October 31, 2017 (discounted to $150 if received/post-marked by October 17, 2017). There are fee waivers available for participants who qualify for free or reduced price lunch at their schools. Contact Theresa Richards at <tcrich@andrew.cmu.edu> for more information.
2) Competition travel costs.
3) A $50 fundraising requirement due (received/post-marked) February 27, 2018, which can be met by participating in Girls of Steel fundraising activities. In past years we have held Sarris Candies fundraisers during holidays as well as Pittsburgh Popcorn fundraisers. There is a $15 penalty for late payment of either the fee or fundraising.

Please note: We may not be able to accept all 8th graders this year due to the limited number of spots on the team.

Meetings for the preseason will begin Tuesday, September 19th with an orientation meeting and end on or near Tuesday, December 12th, depending on the FTC Competition schedule. Preseason meetings will begin promptly at 5:30 pm and run through 8:30 pm. We expect you to have dinner before the 5:30 pm meetings begin. It is likely that there will be additional meetings scheduled throughout the fall especially when the team is preparing for competitions.

You will be provided with a Welcome Packet which contains "what to expect" along with important dates and general program guidelines.

Important Dates:
Saturday, 9/9/17, FTC 2018 Kick off
Tuesday, 9/19/17, orientation meeting for all new girls and their parents at CMU, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, 9/23/17 Mahoning Valley Off Season FRC competition, all day, details available soon. Junior members are invited.
Tuesday, 9/26/17 Weekly Preseason meetings begin, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, CMU, Newell Simon Hall.
Sunday, 10/29/17 FTC Drive It! Workshop hosted by Girls of Steel at NREC Girls of Steel Robotics Practice Field
Tuesday, 11/21/17 NO Meeting Thanksgiving Week
Tuesday, 12/12/17 Last preseason meeting - additional meetings scheduled for junior members as needed.
Saturday, 12/16/17 Girls of Steel Holiday Party, NREC Girls of Steel Robotics Practice Field

Write to us at girlsofsteelrobotics@gmail.com if you or your parents have any questions.

Thank you!
Girls of Steel Robotics

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