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Are you getting excited for the 2020 teaser? Watch FIRSTtv at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, September 12. Live from the Hoover Dam - an architectural epicenter for sustainable energy – join Deejay and Frank for the 2020 season teaser release of INFINITE RECHARGESM. Also, watch for Star Wars swag and RoboRIO giveaways during the show. Start planning your watch parties now!

FIRST® Robotics Competition blog: Have you read Frank’s new blog entry? Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss important information during the season.

FIRST® Scholarship Program: The 2019-2020 scholarships are now live. Check out $80 million worth of scholarships, 200+ scholarship providers, and 2,500+ unique scholarship opportunities at firstinspires.org/scholarships.

Now Open! 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.

The Equity and Access Grant: This grant is open to both newly formed and veteran FIRST® Robotics Competition teams who are making an impact with our Underrepresented, Underserved, & Vulnerable Youth. More details about this grant are available in the application here. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 25, 2019. Questions can be directed to frcrookie@firstinspires.org.

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!  For any questions please email frcrookie@firstinspires.org.

Are your lead mentors screened? The first round of Event Preferencing will open September 19, so make sure your team is event ready! Your team will need to have two current lead mentors in place, who have completed the Youth Protection Policy Screening (U.S. and Canada teams), to be eligible to register for official FIRST events.

Lead mentors: To order your background screening visit our www.firstinspires.org website to log into your FIRST Dashboard; select the white triangle next to “Hello, (your name)” in the upper right-hand corner, and select Youth Protection Screening from the list. Ordering takes less than 5 minutes, your Social Security Number is not required, and the cost is covered by FIRST. For more information, including step-by-step guides, please visit our Youth Protection Policy page. If you have questions or need assistance, please email safetyfirst@firstinspires.org.

Need help with registration? Team Support will have extended phone support available until 8 p.m. ET on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through October 31, 2019 (regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET).

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