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Deadlines and Season Schedule: As your team continues to plan for the INFINITE RECHARGESM season, make sure to utilize the Season Calendar. Here are some important dates coming up for the month of October:

  • Drive Base Opt-Out: Veteran teams who are “Event Ready” are able opt out of receiving the Drive Base Kit in exchange for a $450 AndyMark Voucher. The option to opt-out of the Drive Base Kit will close at noon ET on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Exceptions to this deadline will not be made. More information on the opt-out as well as other Kit of Parts information was posted in this recent blog post.
  • Kit & Kickoff Registration: Kit & Kickoff registration opens on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at noon ET.
  • Second Event Preferences: Second Event Preferences will open Thursday, October 10 at noon ET and close Thursday, October 17, 2019, at noon ET. Still have questions on event preferences? Reference the user guide, check the FAQ, or send us an email to firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org.

Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL: The 2020 Safety Animation Award theme is ‘Sustainability on the RISE’. Students must submit their team’s Safety Animation video through their FIRST® account. The student submitting must be marked as an award submitter. Animations must be submitted between Thursday, October 24, 2019, at noon ET and Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.

Robot Transportation Exemption Requests: We are continuing the Robot Transportation Exemption program in 2020, which allows teams to request assistance in shipping their robots to Regional events (if transporting their robot to the event themselves would be a hardship). For information on the criteria, deadlines, and how to apply for a Robot Transportation Exemption, visit the Robot Transportation page. We also encourage international teams to visit the Robot Transportation page for shipping information and tips.

Q&A to close Friday, October 11: Does your team still have a question about the Stop Build Day Rules? We plan to close the Q&A on Friday, October 11, so get your team’s questions in now! If there is a surge in questions that could lead to another update, we may keep it open past October 11, but right now, that’s the target. Questions about this closure? Email us at firstroboticscompetitin@firstinspires.org.

Episode 2 of Galactic Builders available now: Behind the creation of BB-8: In just-released episode 2 of Galactic Builders, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, FIRST students from FIRST® LEGO® League team “Thunderbots” (Sacramento, CA) and FIRST® Robotics Competition team “Citrus Circuits” (David, CA) go behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm headquarters to learn what it takes to build and operate a droid from BB-8 creator, engineer, and robotics expert Matt Denton.

Don’t miss episode 1, which featured FIRST® Tech Challenge students from teams “Slater Spartans” and “Slaterly Robotics” (Pawtucket, RI) visiting Hasbro HQ to learn about the STEM that goes into the advanced D-O App-controlled Droid toy and stay tuned for more episodes. Help us #makeitloud by sharing these inspiring videos.

Stay with FIRST: Regional and District event housing is now open for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition season. Check out our new Housing & Travel webpage designed to help you find and book hotels faster and easier. Make your event experience even better and book with FIRST!

Volunteer at an Event: Did you know that FIRST Robotics Competition Events are open to volunteer applications? Each event needs approximately 120 volunteers and we need your help! Simply log in to your FIRST account and click the 'Volunteer Registration' tab. You can use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to filter for events near you. Together, we build tomorrow. Together, we RISE.  #BUILDTHEMUP

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