Holiday Hours/ Apple Engineering Technology Camp and Surrogate Kit Pickup Letter deadlines/Kickoff
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FIRST® Headquarters will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Our regular business hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. 
Deadline! Apple Engineering Technology 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 by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on Friday, December 28, 2018. 
    • 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 an invitation to apply with Apple in early January.
  • All applicants will be informed of their status via email by Monday, January 7, 2019.
Deadline Approaching! Surrogate Kit Pickup Letter: If a team is unable to pick up the Kickoff Kit at the local Kickoff they have selected, an alternate team may be designated to do so. The team that is not able to attend must provide FIRST with a surrogate kit pickup letter. These letters must be received at FIRST by January 3, 2019. Visit this page for more information. 
Kickoff, powered by Rockwell Automation, is on January 5, 2019: Join us for the 30th season of FIRST in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company. Kickoff – powered by Rockwell Automation - is a celebration event, so gather your #stemsquad and tune in to our Twitch channel if you can’t make it to a local kickoff! More information here. 
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