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  1. Game Field and Element Sets Pre-Ordering Deadline
  2. Register now to enter the FIRST® Tech Challenge Kickoff Sweepstakes
  3. Kickoff is Coming
  4. FIRST® Innovation Challenge Update
  5. FIRST Career Webinar with Qualcomm
Game Field and Element Sets Pre-Ordering Deadline
AndyMark is currently accepting team pre-orders for the 2021-2022 game sets. Team orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received; team orders received by tomorrow, August 27, 2021, will begin shipping the week after kickoff, on September 20, 2021. Read more in our blog post.
Register now to enter the FIRST® Tech Challenge Kickoff Sweepstakes
Our FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff Sweepstakes is officially open! Four winners will receive a 2021-2022 FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies partial game set and scoring elements. Having the elements used at official competitions, can help teams: ​
  • strategize game-play tactics,​
  • get hands-on experience with FREIGHT FRENZY game elements, ​
  • program your robot to exact field specifications, ​
  • and run practice matches​
Teams need to complete their 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge team season registration before September 15, 2021, for a chance to win the 2021 Kickoff Sweepstakes. ​If a team has already completed their FIRST Tech Challenge season registration, they are already automatically entered into the sweepstakes!​
​The sweepstakes prize package includes one (1) 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge season FREIGHT FRENZY partial game set and scoring elements, approximate retail value of $260.00. The package does not include field perimeter or soft tiles.Learn more here!
Kickoff is Coming
Kickoff is coming, Saturday September 18! We’re encouraging all our teams to attend a local kickoff near them. Kickoff events will be posted this month on our events webpage, or reach out to your local program delivery partner. If you can’t make it to a Kickoff near you, have no fear! We’ll be broadcasting the Kickoff show on FIRSTtv.
FIRST® Innovation Challenge Update
To assist in your planning for the FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm season, we’re sharing that FIRST headquarters has decided not to run the FIRST Innovation Challenge for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams this fall. We are proud of the ingenuity of last season’s participating teams and are grateful to the mentors, volunteers, and sponsors who helped inspire innovation within our community. As we begin our FIRST FORWARD season, our commitment to creating future innovators continues. As one of the FIRST Core Values, innovation remains at the heart of everything we do, and learning how to creatively solve problems together is key to success in each of our programs.
While the FIRST Innovation Challenge is paused for the immediate future, we’re excited to evaluate its success and determine future possibilities for its role. We know we’ll continue to hear stories of FIRST teams identifying problems and inventing solutions within their communities. If that sounds like you, we invite you to share your innovation accomplishments via the FIRST Stories form.
FIRST Career Webinar with Qualcomm
Join us for a chance to hear directly from FIRST alumni who are now working at Qualcomm as interns doing cool things and making the world a better place. All FIRST participants are encouraged to join LIVE on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (4 p.m. Pacific Time) for an interactive Q&A showcasing FIRST alumni interning at Qualcomm, who successfully made the transition from FIRST student to a Fortune 500 company. Register now!