Program Updates, Deadlines & Reminders
Deadline Today! Kickoff Kit Opt Out Options for Veteran teams: Reminder that “event ready” Veteran teams have until today Thursday, October 20, at 12 noon Eastern Time to choose to opt-out of the Black Tote and/or the Drive Base Kit. To make selections, select “Payment & Product” under Team Options, choose “Black Tote Opt Out” or “Drive Base Opt Out,” and check the box to receive vouchers instead of the items. You can change your mind and uncheck the box until the deadline.
- Black Tote: If opting out of the Black Tote, the team receives $250 in vouchers: $125 to AndyMark and $125 to REV Robotics. For more information and directions on how to opt out please visit the blog.
- Drive Base: If opting out of the Drive Base Kit, the team receives a $450 AndyMark Voucher. For more information and directions on how to opt out please visit the blog.
2023 Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL Solutions: Submissions for the 2023 Safety Animation Award opens today Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon Eastern Time. For information on the theme, criteria, and submission instructions visit the Safety page.
Volunteer at a FIRST® Robotics Competition Event: Volunteer Registration is now open for all FIRST Robotics Competition events! Help us ensure our teams have the best experience this season by donating your time as an event volunteer. We have both technical and non-technical roles available. Check out these instructions on how to apply. Sign up to volunteer at an event near you!
New Team Grant: The 2023 FIRST Robotics Competition New Team Grant is still open and accepting applications until Monday, October 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For grant criteria, information, and submission portal click here. For other grant opportunities check the Team Grant Opportunities page.
Additional Events: Registration for additional plays is opening on the following dates:
- Unrestricted Regional Events: Opening Thursday, October 27, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and closing Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
- Additional In-District Events: Opening Thursday, October 27, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and closing Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
- Additional Inter-Districts Events: Opening Tuesday, November 8, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and closing Monday, November 14, at 12 p.m. Eastern Time
All the dates listed above are posted on the Season Calendar, as well as other upcoming dates and deadlines, so make sure to check often!
Extended Hours: Team Support will continue to offer customer support available until 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through November 3, 2022. They can be reached via 1-800-871-8326 or (603)666-3906, extension 0, and via email.
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