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FIRST® Headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Our regular business hours will resume on Thursday, January 2 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Kickoff for 2020 INFINITE RECHARGESM is on January 4, 2020: Join us for the 2020 INFINITE RECHARGE Kickoff! Kickoff is a celebration event, so gather your #stemsquad and tune in to FIRSTtv if you can’t make it to a local kickoff! More information here

2020 FIRST Choice Round 2: Starting Saturday, January 4, 2020 at noon ET until Thursday, January 9 the Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or 2 from secured teams may peruse FIRST Choice, populate Priority Lists, and prioritize items for Round 2. More information is available on the Kit of Parts page.

Deadline approaching! 2020 Apple Engineering Technology Summer Camp: The 2020 Apple Engineering Technology Summer Camp applications are live!  This summer, Apple is inviting a select group of high school students from across the United States to attend a special Engineering Technology Camp at its global headquarters in Cupertino, California. The month-long program (July 6 – July 31, 2020) gives students a rare and exciting glimpse into the company as well as the opportunity to work in small groups and collaborate closely with Apple hardware engineers. Apple will cover the cost of travel, accommodations and food for the duration of camp.

As a FIRST Strategic Partner, Apple has invited FIRST to nominate students to apply for this opportunity. To apply for a FIRST nomination:

  • Complete your initial application online here by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, January 6, 2020
    • There are limited nominations available, and not all applicants will receive the opportunity
    • Decisions are not subject to further review, nor will late applications be accepted
  • FIRST will review all applications and select nominees to receive the full Apple application in early January
  • All applicants will be informed of their status via email by January 15, 2020

2020 FIRST Championship Conferences: We are now accepting presentation proposals for the 2020 FIRST Championship Conferences in Houston, TX and Detroit, MI. With three presentation formats to choose from and four conference track options, we are looking for presentations on topics of interest to teams, coaches, educators, parents, and prospective leaders.

For more information, or if you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the request for proposal form on or before January 13, 2020. Travel and accommodations will not be provided by FIRST. Please direct any questions to championshipconferences@firstinspires.org

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