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College Week, Live Connects Students With Colleges and Universities

See where your interests in science, technology, engineering and math can take you! Check out CollegeWeek, Live…

CollegeWeek, Live is a free online college admissions event that provides an opportunity for high school students to connect with college and university admissions representatives throughout Florida and the nation to learn about their postsecondary education options. Attendees can watch keynote presentations from leading experts on admission topics such as application essays and financial aid, and participate in webcam sessions with current students on their perspective of college life. Register for free at http://www.collegeweeklive.com

For a list of participating postsecondary institutions, visit www.collegeweeklive.com/en_CA/guest/app-colleges.

  • CollegeWeekLive Spring – March 24 – 25, 2010, 10:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Meet with hundreds of schools online and participate in presentations that cover the entire range of college admissions topics.
  • CollegeWeekLive Florida Day – May 6, 2010, 12:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. Meet with over 20 Florida colleges and universities online and participate in presentations covering Florida-related topics.

FTC Senior Mentor Call RE: FIRST Scholarship Program – Oct. 29@7pm EST

TDT wants to help get word out about these great FIRST scholarship opportunities. Even if you’re unable to participate in the call, please visit the FIRST scholarship page or contact Nancy via the contact information given below. FIRST is more than fun, it can help pave your future!


Richard Levey – FIRST Senior Mentor, Chicago
Nancy Rosenberg – FIRST Scholarship Manager
Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:00 pm (East Coast Time)

Questions about the FIRST Scholarship Program?
Contact Nancy at scholarships@usfirst.org or call 603-666-3906 x 451.

General Overview of FIRST Scholarships
· www.usfirst.org/scholarships
· Kinds of Scholarships
· Who can apply
· When and How to Apply
· The Role of FIRST

Current Status of FIRST Scholarships (as of 10/20/09)
· FRC – Over $11M / over 650 scholarship opportunities / over 125 scholarship providers
· FTC – Over $7M / over 400 scholarship opportunities / over 90 scholarship providers
· 3 new scholarship providers (more will be added by end of season)
· 8 scholarships discontinued or put on hold this year (because of current economic downturn)
· Many current scholarship providers increased scholarship amount or quantity this year.

Why Some FIRST Scholarships Go Unused
· Scholarships offered but not accepted
· Not enough applicants – lost opportunities

What Can Mentors and Coaches Do to Help Students Get FIRST Scholarships?
· Encourage awareness of careers in Engineering, Science, and Technology fields
o Help students be aware of possibilities
· Encourage awareness of FIRST Scholarship Program
o Resources: www.usfirst.org/aboutus/content.aspx?id=15411
§ FIRST Scholarship PowerPoint Presentation
§ 2009 FIRST Scholarship Tri-fold brochure
§ 2010 FIRST Scholarships Listed by State
§ FIRST Scholarship FAQs – http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/content.aspx?id=15408

o Reach students, parents, mentors, high school guidance counselors
· Encourage students to research FIRST scholarships

o How to use the 2010 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities listing (http://www.usfirst.org/scholarshipsearch.aspx )

o Visit website of scholarship providers

o Scholarship activities at Regional and Championship Events
· Encourage/help students to apply for FIRST Scholarships

o Workshop on how to apply (get guidance counselor involved)

o Past scholarship winners

o One-on-one help with applications

o Student Essays – (encourage student to read requirements carefully, give examples, proof-read)
· Letters of Recommendation from mentors and teachers

o Schedule time

o Find out what scholarship provider is looking for

o Be concise, be clear, be honest

How to call: 1-800-503-2899 –  Access code: 6663906

*Please note there are only 150 lines open for these calls, first-come, first-serve. All calls are recorded.


FIRST TM (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Being a Gracious Professional involves respecting yourself, your team, other teams, and everyone around you. It is a way of doing things with a competitive spirit, without making anyone feel like a loser. Gracious Professionalism is a way of interacting with other people respectfully, doing excellent work, and promoting teamwork and appreciation of others.

Learning about Interviews

Mr. Pete Grotsky, of the Florida West Coast Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, joined Team Duct Tape for this week’s meeting to mentor students on good interview and team presentation practices.

He went over things like what makes a good Engineering notebook, dressing for success, posture, voice and attitude, and the importance of showing Gracious Professionalism from start to finish.

Some important things to include in the notebook, Mr. Grotsky advised, is a table of contents, and tabs highlighting entries that show important points or developments in the team’s journey. Illustrations should be captioned. Entries should be made regularly, right up to and beyond qualifying competitions.

Team appearance, he reminded members, is very important. Team members should

  • create a neat, clean unified presence,
  • shake hands firmly, and
  • speak clearly and politely.

Despite formalities, it’s also important that teams show they enjoy being there, that they’re having fun while they learn (without being goofy and immature!).

FIRST, Mr. Grotsky reminded Team Duct Tape, can offer some very tangible, long term benefits in the way of skills and knowledge development, scholarships, and networking opportunities. Team interviews at competitions offer an introduction to interview experiences students might have in real life, answering questions about what they do and how they do it.

Team Duct Tape is very grateful to Mr. Grotsky for sharing his insights and experience with team members, and team members look forward to some real time interview practice at their next meeting.