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Program Updates, Deadlines & Reminders 
 
Register for the 2022 FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm season: Registration for the FIRST FORWARD presented by Qualcomm season is open. Join us to re-imagine the future of transportation and register today!
 
New Mentor Resources! To help both rookie and veteran teams, FIRST has created two resources to aid mentors:
  • Mentor Guide - This document is intended to be for all mentors and offers a quick recap of FIRST, FIRST® Robotics Competition, and what the responsibilities of a mentor are.
  • Guide to Running a FIRST® Robotics Competition Team – This document is intended to give guidance to teams about running a team. This document has a high-level overview of the major elements that teams should be aware of about the FIRST Robotics Competition and links mentors to where they can find more information.
Judging & Award Updates for the 2022 Season: Take a look at the latest FIRST Robotics Competition Blog to learn about updates to the awards process for the 2022 season including updates to the chairman’s feedback form, award guidelines, the safety program, and more!
 
FIRST Innovation Challenge Update: To assist in your planning for the FIRST FORWARD presented by Qualcomm season, we’re sharing that FIRST headquarters has decided not to run the FIRST Innovation Challenge for FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams this Fall. We are proud of the ingenuity of last season’s participating teams and are grateful to the mentors, volunteers, and sponsors who helped inspire innovation within our community. As we begin our FIRST FORWARD season, our commitment to creating future innovators continues. As one of the FIRST Core Values, innovation remains at the heart of everything we do, and learning how to creatively solve problems together is key to success in each of our programs.
 
While the FIRST Innovation Challenge is paused for the immediate future, we’re excited to evaluate its success and determine future possibilities for its role. We know we’ll continue to hear stories of FIRST teams identifying problems and inventing solutions within their communities. If that sounds like you, we invite you to share your innovation accomplishments via the FIRST Stories form.
 
Reminder: Youth Team Members Required to Complete Registration: all Youth Team Members are required to complete the online youth registration to participate in FIRST® remote and in-person team meetings, events, or competitions. Learn more about the youth registration system and how to get started.
 
 
FIRST Updates 
 
FIRST Career Webinar with Qualcomm: Join us for a chance to hear directly from FIRST alumni who are now working at Qualcomm as interns doing cool things and making the world a better place. All FIRST participants are encouraged to join LIVE on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (4 p.m. Pacific Time) for an interactive Q&A showcasing FIRST alumni interning at Qualcomm, who successfully made the transition from FIRST student to a Fortune 500 company. Register now!
 
FIRST @ Home: Whether in the classroom or at home learning, continue to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and FUN with a 12-session learning series for teachers, parents, and coaches created by FIRST Education. Check this great resource! 
 
 
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FIRST® Robotics Competition Team Support