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FIRST® Championship Volunteers: Are you attending either FIRST Championship with your team? Or maybe your team didn’t qualify but you don’t want to miss out on more FIRST fun? Consider donating some of your time to volunteering at the event! It takes almost 800 volunteers just to run the FIRST® Robotics Competition Program at each Championship location. We have several roles that are 1-day roles (such as team load-in and team load-out) and several that are multi-day (field reset, robot inspecting, plus more). Log in to your account to see what roles we still need volunteers for at each location and apply if you are able! We do need the most help in Houston, so if you are interested, please register to volunteer! Questions? Email firstchampionshipvolunteer@firstinspires.org

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, Dayton, Ohio.

The event consists of lectures, team building exercise, and 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 who live within the continental United States and 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.

Book your team rooms now for your regional, district, and championship events! Rooms within the FIRST housing blocks are still open for many regional and district events. If you’re traveling this season, book now for exclusive FIRST benefits:

  • Stay close to 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
  • Build STEM squads by connecting with other teams

2019 FIRST Championship housing is open for attending teams. Check out the options so you’re ready to book if your team advances. When your team books housing for Houston or Detroit with FIRST, you’re automatically entered into the Stay with FIRST Sweepstakes.

FIRST Championship Payment Information: Teams planning to attend the 2019 FIRST Championship or their District Championship, who qualify prior to Week 5, must SECURE their payment on or before Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET following their qualifying event. Need help securing your payment prior to the deadline? Contact our Finance Department with questions.

  • Payments can be secured via:
    • Check
    • Credit Card
    • Purchase Order from School*
    • Commitment Letter from Corporate Sponsor*

One of these forms must be received by the Wednesday (Weeks 1-4) or Tuesday (Weeks 5-7) following the qualifying event by 5 p.m. ET

*Commitment Letters and Purchase Orders must be paid to FIRST by check or credit card prior to Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Need a helping hand?  Check out our blog entry with tips to help you prepare for the FIRST Championship!

FIRSTtv PLAYxPLAY Show: Join us every Saturday during the competition season from Noon to 8 p.m. ET on our Twitch channel, for amazing whip around coverage of some of the best matches, as well as live reports from the field!

2019 National Advocacy Conference on June 23 - 25 in Washington, DC - WE NEED MORE TEAMS/STUDENTS to make sure Congress takes FIRST seriously! One or more students can attend with a parent or mentor or even a neighboring team. PLEASE mention it to your team to see if anyone is interested in attending. Participants meet with their Members of Congress and Senators after being trained on the issues! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for attendees so don't miss out. Early Bird Pricing is still available!  Register by April 1, 2019, to get some exclusive merchandise and to be entered for a chance to win a private reception! Visit http://firstnac.org/incentives for more information. FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams and individuals are welcome. Questions, more information, and registration: http://firstnac.org or email staff@firstnac.org.

FIRST Alumni Spotlight: We caught up with FIRST Alumni Joe Polin 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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