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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
Hello ! 
As a reminder, your team should have received a separate email that included badging and hotel reservation options. We encourage pre-badging for all attendees at the FIRST® Tech Challenge World Championship Detroit (submitting their names in our badging/hotel reservation portal). Note, all attendees are required to have a badge.
This communication includes important trip planning details:
  • Transportation within the City
  • Robot Transportation
  • Promote and Compass Videos
Transportation Within the City
As a reminder, transportation is not provided by FIRST®. Teams should coordinate their travel plans in the city before arriving. This may include renting a car, or navigating the local public transportation. Should you choose to drive, please expect to pay for parking each day near each venue, and remember that it is on a first-come first-served basis. Many hotels have an additional fee for parking overnight.
Robot Transportation
When traveling, make sure to appropriately pack your robot to help prevent any unnecessary damage en route. When traveling, remove the battery, wheels, and any extension arms that can be detached. Make sure to pack phones and batteries in either bubble wrap or extra packing material to prevent damage. Tie down wires and/or remove them and pack them separately.
When traveling by plane, please make sure to bring with you the Robot Transport Letter.
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 3/29/2018 ****
Here is how to submit your videos
  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 Detroit: DET-State Abbreviation_Team#_Award Type -> Example: DET-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 your video file in your Google Drive account
    2. Select “Share”
    3. Enter as the address with which to share your file.
    4. Select Done.
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FIRST® Tech Challenge Staff

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