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Greetings Teams:

FIRST® has Switched to HubSpot for our Team Email Blasts: The FIRST Robotics Competition Team Blast will have a new look moving forward.

The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff is this Saturday, January 7th! We have some important details concerning the FIRST STEAMWORKSSM Kickoff and season to share with you below.

  • FIRST Founder’s Celebration Broadcast: The Founder's Reception is hosted by Dean Kamen at his home and is a night for FIRST to thank and celebrate our amazing mentors. A live broadcast from the Founder’s Reception will be available here: http://firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/2017-broadcast, tomorrow, January 6th starting at 6:30 pm Eastern Time.
  • The Kickoff Broadcast will begin at 10:30 am Eastern Time.The pre-show starts at 10:00 am. If your team is not able to attend a local Kickoff, you can stream the broadcast at the following link: http://firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/2017-broadcast. Please visit the Founder’s Reception and Kickoff Broadcast page in the before Saturday to make sure that you will be able to access the live stream and troubleshoot any issues ahead of time.
  • The 2017 Kit of Parts dimensions are available here: http://firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/2017-kit-of-parts.
  • **TIME SENSITIVE** Don’t forget to take inventory of your Kickoff Kit! After receiving your Kickoff Kit, please check all items to determine if parts are missing or damaged. If so, you can let us know by 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time on Friday, January 13th, and we’ll ship replacements. This is a time-limited, one-time-only opportunity. Details on how to do this will be posted to the FRC Blog
  • The Encrypted Game & Season Manual has been posted here: http://firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/competition-manual-qa-system. The Encryption code will be available on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the end of the Broadcast.

Team Support Available on Kickoff Day: Team Support will be available on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm Eastern Time. For assistance, please call 1-800-871-8326 ext. 0. 

Win a $5,000 cash grant for YOUR team in the FedEx Innovation Challenge! The 2017 FedEx Innovation Challenge, an interactive social-media competition, is open to all FRC and FTC teams in the US. The Innovation Challenge takes place from January 7 – February 05, 2017. 

Part problem solving, part creative challenge, this fun competition brings you math and science tasks, scavenger hunt activities, and more. Best of all, it’s super easy to play.

Participating teams are required to submit responses in the form of a photo using either Twitter or Instagram. All responses will be judged on the accuracy of the answer, creativity of the response, social media engagement and the level of team spirit.

The top team in this year’s FedEx Innovation Challenge gets:

$5,000 cash grant and an extra roboRIO controller.

All entries are submitted via Instagram and Twitter. #Hashtags, baby!

FedEx has been a proud supporter of FIRST for 16 years, providing free shipping of FIRST Robotics Competition Kits of Parts and robots, and cash support for the Rookie Grant Program.

Get in the game! Check out the rules and details at http://blog.fedex.com/innovationchallenge.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions, or if you need help, visit our "Contact Us" webpage:

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