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Deadline approaching! Event Preferencing: The second round for event preferences closes today at noon ET. You will not be able to edit your preferences after this time. If you missed the second round of event preferences, we will re-open the system no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, October 18 for teams to register or waitlist for their second event.  For more information about event preferencing please visit our FAQ, and for instructions please see our user guide

New Team Growth Grant: In case you missed it, this season we are offering the New Team Growth Grant. This grant is open to newly formed FIRST® Robotics Competition teams that are either Rookies or Non-Rookies not formed by Separation or Combine. More information about these definitions is here. Grants are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2019. Apply today!  If you have any questions regarding this new grant please send an email to frcrookie@firstinspires.org.

Episode 3 of Galactic Builders available now: Engineering behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Galactic Builders, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, brings FIRST® teams together with engineers and designers to explore how STEM plays a key role in making Star Wars stories and products come to life. In episode 3, available now, Walt Disney Imagineers show students from FIRST Robotics Competition team “Exploding Bacon” (Orlando, FL) and FIRST® LEGO® League team “Robotic Wolverines” (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) a behind-the-scenes look at the robotics that brought Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. Watch and share with your #STEMsquad.

Coming Soon - Exciting Updates About 2020 FIRST Championship! If you’ve joined us at FIRST Championship before, you know it’s a fun, rewarding, and life-changing multi-day celebration that brings together all FIRST programs to cap off the season. We’re working on some changes to make the 2020 FIRST Championship events in Houston and Detroit even more fun, rewarding and life-changing. Enhancements include more exciting experiences for all throughout the week and a custom closing ceremony for each program on Saturday afternoon. We’ll be sharing more details about these changes around the new year.

Houston: April 15 - 18, 2020
Detroit: April 29 - May 2, 2020

FIRST Alumni Spotlight: We caught up with FIRST Alum Jaci Brunning, to learn about her FIRST experience in our latest Alumni Update. Are you or someone you know a FIRST Alum? Share your story and you might be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight.

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