FIRST® Robotics Competition
Team Blast August 31, 2023

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Program Updates, Deadlines, & Reminders

Grant Season: It’s already grant season! Read about some of our available grant opportunities, including the New Team Grant, in this FIRST® Robotics Competition blog post.

Take the Time for Youth Safety: As teams are reforming for the new season, we want to remind you to take time to make sure all team members, adults and youth, understand their role in creating a safe environment. Read this blog post for some helpful tips and reminders on keeping your team members safe.


FIRST® Updates

Holiday Hours: FIRST will be closing at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September 1, and remain closed Monday, September 5, in recognition of the U.S. Labor Day holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Extended Hours: Team Support will have extended customer support available until 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting September 5, through November 2. They can be reached via 1-800-871-8326 or (603) 666-3906, extension 0, and via email.

Youth Protection Screening Renewal Reminder: A current Youth Protection Screening is required to volunteer, access your team’s roster, opt out of the Drive Base & Black Tote (veteran teams), and other important tasks throughout the season. Screenings expire every four (4) years, and you can check your screening status in the FIRST Dashboard. If your screening is expired, order your screening now! For assistance, please contact Team Support Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. ET via email, calling (603) 666-3906, or live chat


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