Kendrick Castillo: In response to the outpouring of support and desire to help by the FIRST® community, FIRST has established a fundraising campaign in support of Team 4418 and the family as they mourn and remember Kendrick. For more information, please visit this blog entry.
Kit of Parts Feedback: We want to remind you that the Kit of Parts team is seeking your feedback about the 2019 Kit of Parts (originally in this blog). Please consider sharing your thoughts via the survey, which is open until Friday, May 31. You may even win a prize!
Deadline Approaching! 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, 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.
Thank you, sponsors! Have you thanked your sponsors lately? It is always great to recognize and thank our sponsors for their generous assistance.  You are more than welcome to acknowledge them on your robot and in your collateral.  You can also send Thank You notes to us, and our FIRST employees will be happy to forward along to your sponsors! Our address is FIRST HQ, Attn: Team Grants, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for the 2019 National Advocacy Conference on June 23 - 25 in Washington, DC – Make sure Congress hears our FIRST collective voice in force! 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! Don't miss out! 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.
Registration for the 2020 season of FIRST Robotics Competition is now open!  You have the power to help the cities, towns, and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up. Gather your squad and join us for INFINITE RECHARGESM. Together, we RISE.