Dean's List Awards deadline/Week Zero!/Eighth Annual U.S. Air Force - FIRST Leadership Experience/FIRST Alumni Spotlight Michael Hodson
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Deadline! The Dean’s List Award must be submitted today Thursday, February 14 by 3 p.m. ET. A mentor not related to either of the students that is chosen as the team’s Dean’s List Semi-finalists can complete and submit the application through the Dashboard. Students previously selected as FIRST® Dean’s List Semi-finalists or Finalists in a prior year are eligible for nomination again this year provided they meet all the criteria.  For more information check out the Awards and Dean’s List Award Resources pages.
Please email before the submission deadline for assistance, as late submissions will not be accepted.
Deadline Approaching! Robot Stop Build Day is Tuesday, February 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET! Teams must stop building before the local equivalent of 04:59 UTC on Wednesday, February 20. For detailed information on the “Bag and Tag” process, please review Section 10.4, Budget Constraints & Fabrication Schedule, of the Game and Season Manual.
Please note that we do not grant Stop Build Day extensions for weather-related issues. We encourage teams to put safety first and adjust their build season plans as necessary. Also, our community is full of supportive teams willing to help other teams in need at events, so reach out!
If weather or some other issue prevents you from accessing your robot to bag it by the deadline, bag it immediately when you next have access, and note the delay in bagging and the reason on your Robot Lockup Form. A delay in bagging caused only by an inaccessible robot will not be considered a rule violation.
2019 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct - Congratulations to FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 846, The Funky Monkeys, from San Jose, California, USA, for winning the 2019 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct! Check out their winning video, as well the Judges’ Picks and all submissions, here!
Week Zero is here! Join us on Saturday, February 16 from 9 a.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET for the Week Zero competition streaming live from Merrimack High School in Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA. We are so excited to finally see Destination: Deep Space played for the first time! Are you hosting a Week Zero event? Join the conversation on Twitter or Instagram! Tune in to our Twitch channel and be sure to follow us so you can receive notification any time we go live!
The mission clock is counting down to DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE. Book your 2019 regional and district event housing early and get your team ready for blast off now. When you book with FIRST, you will:
  • Stay close to your event venues
  • Receive guaranteed low rates at FIRST-reviewed and sanctioned hotels
  • Enjoy FIRST-only contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast, and parking
  • Earn rewards points
  • Build your STEM squad by connecting with other teams
Make sure your team is all systems go. Book your team rooms now!
Eighth Annual U.S. Air Force / FIRST Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers who are Mentors: The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of great character and vision. For the eighth year, the U.S. Air Force is offering a unique three-day leadership program providing FIRST mentors with hands-on leadership training taught by Air Force personnel. This year’s event will take place from July 14 to July 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The event consists of lectures, team building exercises, tours and demonstrations at a local Air Force Base. The Air Force will select a group of 24 mentors who are teachers from FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams and live within the continental United States, that are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.
For additional information about this opportunity, click here. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 10. Applicants, if selected, will be notified by Friday, May 24.
FIRST Alumni Spotlight: We caught up with FIRST Alumni Michael Hodson in this Alumni Update. Are you or someone you know a FIRST Alum? Share your story and you may be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight.  
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