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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
  • Printed Roster/Consent & Release Forms
  • Planned transportation upon arrival and during event
  • Have a plan for shipping/transporting Robot, tools, and Pit Swag
  • Double checked that the robot is packed
  • Double checked that everyone is super excited for an amazing experience

Hello Team !  

The World Championship is fast approaching! This is our final email before we see you in Houston, TX. Hopefully you have found these emails helpful and informative.
Today, we'll cover:
  • Schedule of Events
  • Student Ambassador Opportunities
  • Load-In/Team Check-In
  • Inspection and Judging
  • Load-Out
  • Welcome Party
  • Finale
  • Watch live!
Schedule of Events
The most updated and in-depth schedule of events for the week can be found here. 
This schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check back often!
Student Ambassador Opportunities
Are you a FIRST® participant attending the FIRST® Championship? Consider becoming a Student Ambassador! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with Sponsors and other special guests of FIRST.
As part of the FIRST Championship, we ask FIRST participants to assist us in providing fun and exciting tours to our generous Sponsors and other special guests. We know our students are our best tour guides, and our guests would love to meet you! Volunteer to be a Student Ambassador at the FIRST Championship this year and show our guests what FIRST is all about.
To volunteer as a Student Ambassador:
-Log in to your dashboard or create an account if you do not have one.
-Fill out all required profile information
-Continue to the background screening process (for those who are 18 or older)
-To apply to volunteer, click on “Event Volunteering”
- Click Program (FRC or FTC)
-Search for the Houston or Detroit Championship event and click volunteer
- Select “Ambassador” as role
-Click on “Apply For Selected Roles” to complete the process
Time commitment for the role is 1-2 hours plus training. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Chris Caddel at
Load-In/Team Check-In
Early Bird Check-In is available on Tuesday between 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. During this time, you and your team will be able to drop off your pit displays and team tools in your assigned pit. You and your team may choose to begin set-up, but absolutely no robot practice is allowed.
 Upon your arrival, you will be given your Pit Assignment.
Teams will drive up to the first-floor loading dock off of Chartres Street, Halls B. Teams cannot unload on Chartres Street. Teams cannot leave vehicles unattended at any time. Team Vehicles will be directed to numbered spaces by load in volunteers.
During load-in, your team is still expected to be wearing closed-toed shoes and safety glasses. You should not be working on your robot during early bird check-in, nor planning on any robot practice. This is an option for teams to get their pits set up for the competition days ahead.
More information on load-in can be found here.
Day of Check-In: Your team must be checked-in by 7:30AM. Plan your travel accordingly. Even if your inspection/judge interview time may be later in the morning, having all teams present is essential. Our volunteers strive to work efficiently and having teams arrive late places everyone (teams included) behind schedule.
Inspection and Judging
Robot Inspection will be held in your team Pit area. You will be assigned a time ahead of schedule and your team and robot are expected to be present at your Pit during that time. Our Volunteer Robot Inspectors will come to your pit.
Field Inspection will be held on the competition field. Although we have Queuers who will remind you to queue for your inspection time, please arrive at your assigned time. To help both inspection process, please print the Robot/Field Self-Inspection Checklist:
*Please note:
We will be spraying the competition fields and practice fields with a light layer of Staticide on Tuesday evening before the competition begins. We are confident that this amount of spray will help lessen the effects of ESD on our fields.
Judging times are assigned ahead of time. You will receive a separate email with your assigned time. The judging rooms are located In the FIRST® Tech Challenge Hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. Plan additional time to make the journey to these rooms. We will have Queuers to help remind you of your times, but it is up to the team to arrive on time to their judging. To help prepare, check out our Team Judging Self-Reflection sheet.
Load-Out occurs the Saturday of World Championship. After our Elimination rounds have ended, we will have our Award Ceremony on our Competition Field. Our Finals will be held at Minute Maid Field.
Between the Award Ceremony and the Finals matches, teams are expected to breakdown their Pits and load-out.
Please be respectful of other teams and the public in your departure, leave your area clean, and be safe. Team load out will be Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  More in-depth load-out instructions can be found here.
Welcome Party
The FIRST Tech Challenge Welcome Party Presented by NRG will be held Thursday April 19th from 6PM to 9PM on the Houston Discovery Green.
For more details and updated information regarding the schedule, please visit the
Championship website Houston Schedule page found here.
FIRST Championship Closing Celebration
April 21, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Minute Maid Field
Includes FIRST® Robotics Competition Einstein and FIRST Tech Challenge Final Matches
Watch Live!
FIRST  Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated to Stream Live via Twitch
Don’t miss any of the action from FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. This year, more than 65,000 students, coaches, and supporters will participate at FIRST Championship events in Houston and Detroit. It promises participating teams and spectators alike an inspiring and action-packed experience that has all the heart-pounding thrills and team spirit of a professional sporting event.  Tune in beginning April 18.
Watch the FIRSTinspires Twitch channel for live, roving action around FIRST Championship with exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes content, big reveals, and – of course – #omgrobots, hosted by DeejayKnight, Skylias and Emma Dumont.
Watch FIRST Champ Live on the FIRSTinspires1 Twitch channel for a field-side view of FIRST Robotics Competition as well as FIRST Tech Challenge game matches including exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage from the FIRST Champ Live desk, hosted by RoboSports Network (RSN) starting April 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT.
To get up to the minute information about World Championship, join our Facebook event for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Houston here
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Keep an eye out for future emails and good luck with your preparations.
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