Additional plays payment deadline/Digital Animation Award submission deadline/Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship deadline/ Team Avatars
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Deadline Approaching! Teams who are registered for additional Regional Events, additional In-District Events, and additional Inter-District Events must secure payment prior to 5 P.M. Eastern Time today.  Teams located in the Ontario, Pacific Northwest, or Israel District will want to refer to the payment schedule on their District’s website.

 This deadline also applies to pre-qualified teams who have registered to attend the FIRST® Championship. For pricing information and additional payment dates, please visit our Pricing Structure and Payment Terms page.

 Looking for additional plays?  Check out our list of events with open spots here.

Deadline Approaching!  The deadline to submit the Digital Animation Award is today, January 24, 2019 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. For additional submission details and other awards, visit the Awards page. Please be aware of the submission deadlines posted, and email before the submission deadline for assistance, as late submissions will not be accepted.

We have a Winner! For a list of the Winner and Runners-Up for the 2019 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL visit Frank’s blog here.

Deadline Approaching! Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship: The 2019 Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship application deadline is February 1, 2019. This transportable scholarship is for students pursuing degrees in Biomedical Engineering & Pre-Med. Learn more and apply here.

 Regional, District, and FIRST Championship Housing: You’re building, but are you booking? While your team is busy calculating, programming, building, and testing, make sure you also book your event housing.

Book your team rooms now

Search the week and name of your event to find guaranteed low rates at FIRST-reviewed and sanctioned hotels close to your event. When you book with FIRST, you and your team will also enjoy special amenities at most hotels including complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast, and parking.

Team Avatar Submission: Teams will once again be allowed to create and submit Team Avatars that will be used to represent their teams during DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company. For submission details please visit this blog entry.  If you have questions, or you are experiencing issues submitting your team’s avatar, please email us at

2019 National Advocacy Conference: June 23 - 25 in Washington, DC. Registration is now open! Students learn how to talk to Members of Congress and then we send each team out for a day of meetings with Senators and Members of Congress to promote FIRST and STEM education on behalf of every student in America! In this once in a lifetime experience, students actually make a national impact and walk away as with increased confidence and engagement in our government. All participants registered by April 1st, 2019 will receive a pen, tote bag, and t-shirt. Each team registered by April 1st, 2019 will receive a game piece signed by Don, Dean, and Woodie and will be entered for a chance to win a private reception at NAC! FIRST® Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams and individuals are welcome. Questions, more information, and registration: or email

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