Hi Friend,

THE 2020 TEASER IS HERE! Join Frank and Deejay tonight at 7 p.m. ET on FIRSTtv LIVE from the Hoover Dam in Southern Nevada, USA. Watch for your chance to win special Star Wars swag or a RoboRIO, but most importantly, your sneak peek of INFINITE RECHARGESM! Assemble your #STEMSQUAD, order some pizza, and get ready to power the future! May the Force be with us all!

Questions about the new changes to the Stop Build Day rules? The Q&A opened yesterday, and lead mentors should have received an email with their Team Authorization Code to access the Q&A. This will allow teams to ask questions about the meaning of the new rules and get official answers. For any questions about this process, please email firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org.

Reminder! Event Preferencing: The first round of event preferencing will open Thursday, September 19 at 12 noon ET. Only event-ready teams will be able to select their event preferences, so please make sure your team’s lead mentors are assigned, their profiles are completed, and that they are screened (Only U.S. and Canada teams are required to complete screening). For more information about event preferencing please visit our FAQ.

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.

NASA FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship Application for U.S. Teams: The deadline to submit is Monday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please visit this page for more information and to apply. If you have any questions, please send an email to AGENCY-FRC-Grants@mail.nasa.gov.

Want to work for FIRST®? We are seeking a Software Engineer that is involved with the development, testing, and maintenance of the software used at FIRST Robotics Competition events. This person will collaborate with the Engineering team to prototype, configure, test, and release software for event management and scoring. Plus, you get to help design the game!  So, if you enjoy producing creative solutions to complex problems, have a healthy interest in software development and prototyping, and enjoy collaboration and supporting team members, this role is for you! Learn more about this opportunity.

Save the date! 2020 FIRST National Advocacy Conference - June 21 – 23 in Washington, D.C. FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams and individuals are invited to attend a day and a half of training and then meet with their Members of Congress and Senators to advocate for STEM and FIRST! Email staff@firstnac.org with questions or for more information. Registration will open soon at www.firstnac.org. Check out our flyer at www.firstnac.org/savethedate

Save the date! Go behind-the-scenes at an Amazon warehouse on Oct. 17 See how your Prime package is processed, packaged, and shipped to your door. Join FIRST fan and Twitch host Deejay Knight as he tours a New Jersey-based Amazon warehouse to see the innovative robotic elements Amazon uses each day. We’ll be answering real-time questions, posting interactive polls, and #GIVEAWAYS! Watch on FIRSTtv, Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

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