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FIRST® Choice Open Ordering: Open Ordering for FIRST Choice opens Friday, January 17 at 12 p.m. (noon) ET, and will close on April 10 at 12 p.m. (noon) ET.

Team Avatars: For the 2020 season, teams will once again be able to submit a Team Avatar to represent their team on the INFINITE RECHARGESM Audience Displays and on their team pages. For more information check out this blog entry!

Team Updates and the Q&A: Team Update 03 was recently posted! Please be sure to regularly check the Game & Season page, as well as the Q&A, so your team can be up-to-date with any changes for this season. Team updates are posted every Tuesday and Friday until February 21, 2020, then every Tuesday from February 21, 2020 through April 7, 2020. The Q&A publishes answers to questions often!

Upcoming Deadline! Digital Animation Award Submission: The Digital Animation Awards sponsored by AutomationDirect.com celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Submissions for this award are due before 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23. All the details can be found here!

2020 FIRST® Championship Closing Celebration Updates: To make the final day of FIRST Championship even more fun and rewarding for all FIRST teams, we’re making some FIRST-wide changes to Saturday’s Closing Celebration in Houston and Detroit. This reimagined experience will bring together FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FIRST® Robotics Competition celebrations under the roofs of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and the TFC Center in Detroit. Each program will have a custom experience, while a global broadcast throughout the convention centers will keep attendees up to date on highlights from each program. The Closing Celebration for all programs is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. local time in each location and end in the early evening. Read more about the updates.

Other 2020 FIRST Championship News:  We also posted a blog entry announcing additional changes to 2020 FIRST Championship, specific to FIRST Robotics Competition.

Regional, District, and FIRST Championship Housing: Make sure your team has a place to recharge. Book your 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition event housing early to get your top hotel picks. When you book with FIRST, you will:

  • Stay close to the venue and other teams
  • Receive guaranteed low rates
  • Rest easy at FIRST-reviewed hotels
  • Enjoy convenient FIRST-contracted amenities at most hotels including complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast
  • Gain flexibility to make booking adjustments and pay later
  • Get reservation protection and assistance before, during, and after your stay if any unexpected challenges occur
  • Earn reward points at your preferred hotels

Book your team rooms now!

2020 FIRST Championship housing is now open for attending teams and volunteers. Check out the options so you’re ready to book if your team advances.

Event Manual Translation: In addition to the Game & Season Manual, the Event Manual is also being translated. Check the Manual Translation page for more details! Each language will be posted as it becomes available.

Scholarship Opportunities! Over $80 million available through the FIRST Scholarship Program. Some application deadlines have already passed, so don’t miss out on more opportunities!

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
FIRST® Robotics Competition Team Support