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  1. Official Q&A Forum for FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies
  2. December Team Webinars
  3. Updates to Judging Materials and Process
  4. Celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 6-10) with FIRST®!
  5. The FIRST® Mentor Network
  6. FIRST® Championship housing
  7. Final Days to Purchase: Give the Gift of Inspiration
 
Official Q&A Forum for FREIGHT FRENZYSM
We have a new format for our official Q&A forum this year, you can find the forum on our website, on our Game & Season Materials webpage. We update the forum by the end of the day on Thursday every week, so it’s helpful to check in and see what’s new and updated often. You can also access an archived PDF version of the forum question and answers on our website. If you have questions about registering an account for the forum, you can find them under the Official Q&A Forum Documentation section on our Game & Season Materials webpage.
 
December Team Webinars
Join us for our December team webinars this week! Tonight, December 9, we have Team Gameplay Discussion/Training at 9:05-10 p.m. Eastern Time. Here’s the link to join!
 
Next Wednesday, December 15, at 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time we have our Dean’s List Team/Coach Discussion and
 
Updates to Judging Materials and Process
FIRST® Tech Challenge is working to make our judging process easier to understand, more equitable, and more consistent across regions. We’ve identified and defined key terms that are often used in judging so all teams and judges will be using the same definitions for actions such as starting a team, hosting an event, or advocating for FIRST®. You can find the complete list of Award Definitions for Judging on our Team Management Resources webpage, under the Preparing for Competition section. We’ve also written a blog post to explain the update and provide a little more background information for this change.
 
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week (December 6-10) with FIRST!
Looking for activities to do with your students during #CSEdWeek (December 6-10)? We have five FIRST-inspired activities to help you celebrate the fun of learning computer science in your classroom or with your team.
 
The FIRST® Mentor Network - Take advantage of this resource!
Are you in need of additional support this season? The FIRST®Mentor Network sponsored by NI is an interactive platform where you can post your teams’ needs and search for and message mentors who have the skill set and expertise to help your team for a meeting, a project, or a season.   
 
Build a team profile highlighting your successes, goals, and desired mentor skill sets and experience. If you’re already signed up, message potential mentors and make connections. You’ll be able to quickly find and communicate with FIRST-verified mentors to provide you and your team with expertise and collaboration. Through more powerful mentoring relationships, your team will learn to make a positive impact on your community and the world. Create your profile today! 
 
2022 FIRST® Championship Team Housing
Team Housing for the 2022 FIRST Championship event in Houston is opening soon. Sign-up to receive a notification when team housing opens so you can start planning for your favorite STEM celebration.
 
Final Days to Purchase: Give the Gift of Inspiration
The 2021 Christa McAuliffe Silver Dollar commemorative coin is the perfect way to show appreciation for educators and mentors this holiday season. Christa’s legacy is a reminder of the incredible impact teachers have on students – and therefore, the future – and honors all the educators and mentors who inspire others to pursue knowledge and careers in education, space, STEM and more. By purchasing a coin, you are supporting kids in STEM and continuing Christa’s legacy. They are only available until the end of 2021! Learn more about how to purchase at firstinspires.org/coin.
 

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