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Checklist for the road to World Championship
  • Registered & Paid
  • Pre-registered Badges (for EVERYONE on your team)
  • Booked Hotel
  • Booked Flights
  • Planned transportation upon arrival and during event
Hello ! 
By now, you should have paid your Event Registration at as well as registered for your hotel and badges. If you have not completed these tasks, please complete them ASAP. Hotels are reserved on a first-come first-served basis and we want to ensure that your team has all the rooms that you require. Today, we wanted to cover:
  • Packing List
  • Pits
  • Promote and Compass Videos
Packing List
Make sure to review our previous email communication that goes over in detail what teams should plan to bring. Here is a short list:
  • Team Roster
  • Team Consent & Release forms
  • Engineering Notebook
  • Robot
  • Spare Parts
  • Additional power cords, surge protectors
  • Tools (Power tools are allowed in the pits)
For additional items to consider, check out our blog post: How to Prep for an Event.
Teams are guaranteed one pit space at The FIRST® Tech Challenge World Championship that will not exceed 10 x 10 x 10 feet (3.05m x 3.05m x 3.05m). One table and one source of power will be provided. NO CHAIRS ARE PROVIDED. If you or any members/guests of your team won't be comfortable standing on concrete for long periods of time, please plan on bringing your own chairs.
Your team has a 10-foot (3.05m) height limit. FIRST® reserves the right to request that your team take down any decorations that exceed this height limit. The pit is 10 x 10 foot (3.05m x 3.05m) in width and length. Teams are not allowed to exceed this limit. All walkways should be clear and teams should be respectful of the space of their Pit neighbors.
SAFTEY GLASSES ARE REQUIRED BY EVERYONE IN THE PITS. You will be asked by staff and volunteers to wear your glasses at all times. Please be respectful of this requirement and help create a safe environment for everyone. Power tools are allowed in the Pits, and wearing your safety glasses is key to keeping your team safe.
Personal, appropriate, quiet music is allowed in your pit. However, FIRST reserves the right to tell teams to turn it down or off. We need to ensure that your fellow competitors can hear important announcements. No special announcements (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) are made during this event.
There is limited Wi-Fi in in the venue and no hot spots are allowed anywhere near or around the venue. If you have any issues in the Pit, go to Pit Admin and chat with our Pit Admin Manager.
Promote and Compass Videos
The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Teams must submit a one-minute long public service announcement (PSA) video based on the PSA subject for the season.
PSA Subject for 2017-2018 Season: “What I would like the world to know about FIRST
The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or mentor who has given outstanding guidance and support to a team throughout the year, and demonstrates to the team what it means to be a Gracious Professional. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FIRST Tech Challenge student team members, via a 40-60 second video submission. The video must highlight how their mentor has helped them become an inspirational Team.  
**** SUBMISSION DEADLINE 3/26/2018 ****
Here is how to submit your video
  1. Be sure to read the criteria for the Compass and Promote Awards in the Game Manual Part 1 (
  2. The filename for your video must follow the naming convention
    1. FIRST® Championship Houston: HOU-State Abbreviation_Team#_Award Type Example: HOU-NH_12345_Promote.
  3. Upload your video to your Google Drive account.  If you do not have a Google Drive account, you will need to create one at
  4. Once your video is uploaded to your Google Drive account, share your video with
    1. Right click on
    2. your video file in your Google Drive accountSelect “Share”
    3. Enter as the address with which to share your file.
    4. Select “Done”.
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