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  1. New Game-Specific Rule
  2. FIRST® Tech Challenge Official Game Q&A Forum is Open
  3. FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring System – Team Guide
  4. Team Access to FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring System for Remote Events
  5. New Machine Learning Tool Beta Testing Opportunity
  6. Team Webinars
  7. AndyMark Game Field Set Orders
  8. Walk Like Woodie Day
 
New Game-Specific Rule
A new revision of the Game Manual Part 2 – both remote and traditional, will have a re-release on October 19, 2021. The following new rule will be added to both manuals as part of the re-release:
 
<GS11> Drive Teams Touching Robots or Driver Stations after Barcode Randomization – Drive Teams are not allowed to touch or interact with their Robots or Driver Station once field personnel have begun the randomization process. If this occurs, a Minor Penalty will be assessed, and the offending Robot is not eligible to earn the Autonomous Bonus in the Autonomous Period. This Penalty only affects the offending Team. The non-offending Alliance partner Robot remains eligible for the Autonomous Bonus Scoring achievement.
 
Official Game Q&A Forum is Open
The NEW Official Game Q&A Forum is open for the FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies season! The forum allows one person from each team to ask questions and receive official answers from our game rule experts. FIRST® Tech Challenge is rolling out a new forum this season, so please read the Official Q&A Forum instructions on our website that walk through how to register in the new system. They are located on our Game and Season Materials webpage, under the Official Q&A Forum Documentation section.
 
FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring System – Team Guide
The Team Guide for your team’s remote events is now available on the Game and Season Materials webpage. Afterwards, test your knowledge of the system with the Scoring System Quiz for Teams.
 
Team Access to FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring System for Remote Events
FIRST Tech Challenge teams can now access the FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring system for their remote events for the FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies season. There is a link to teams’ remote events in the Team Dashboard or teams can access them directly from FIRST Tech Challenge Scoring.
 
New Machine Learning Tool Beta Testing Opportunity
FIRST Tech Challenge is looking for trailblazing teams to participate in a beta test of a new cloud-based tool that has been developed by our fabulous technology team comprised of volunteers and staff. This tool, the FIRST Tech Challenge Machine Learning tool, allows FIRST Tech Challenge teams to create custom TensorFlow models for use in the FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies game. Learn how to train TensorFlow to recognize your Team Shipping Element, Freight scoring elements, and more using this tool, and download models that you can use in your autonomous and driver-controlled Op Modes. If you are not able to join us for the beta test, don't worry - we plan to open the tool for all users once the beta test has concluded and feedback has been processed.
 
Time is short to get in on the beta test! Teams must sign up by Friday, October 15.
 
Team Webinars
 
Team Gameplay Discussion/Training
Does your team have game-related questions for the FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon season? We want to hear from you on these webinars and we hope your questions and answers can help other teams as well as your own as you find your way through the FREIGHT FRENZY season! Please join us to hear from our gameplay experts and get your questions answered.
 
These calls are specifically for the benefit of teams. Volunteers will have separate calls where they can ask game experts about the game rules. Here’s the season call schedule:
 
 
Dean’s List Team/Coach Discussion/Training
Are you a FIRST Tech Challenge Coach with questions about Dean’s List nominations? If so, please join us for our Dean’s List Coach Discussion webinars where our experts will answer your questions and help you through the Dean’s List Award nomination process. These calls are specifically for the benefit of teams and coaches. Here’s the season call schedule:
 
 
Team Scorekeeping/Scoring System Discussion/Training Schedule and Links
Does your team have scorekeeping or Scoring System related questions for the 2021-22 FREIGHT FRENZY Presented by Raytheon season?  Please join us for our Scorekeeping/Scoring System webinar where we will aim to answer all your scorekeeping/Scoring System team questions and help you through FREIGHT FRENZY. These calls are specifically for the benefit of teams and coaches. Here’s the call scheduled so far for this season:
 

Date

Time

Link to Join

10/26/2021

8:05-9 PM ET

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6101499403195200012

 
AndyMark Game Field Set Orders
Please check out our blog that outlines what is in each of the AndyMark field kits. This is to help guide teams on what they need to purchase for the FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies season!
 
Walk Like Woodie Day
Join us on Tuesday, October 12 as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Woodie Flowers with Walk Like Woodie Day. Share your memories, photos, thoughts, and tributes with #WalkLikeWoodie and follow the entire FIRST® community as we walk #FIRSTFORWARD in his footsteps.
 

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