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  1. SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm Game Materials and Resources
  2. SKYSTONE Game Animation
  3. Qualcomm’s Rube Goldberg Machine
  4. Updated Volunteer Resources
  5. Behind-the-scenes at an Amazon Warehouse
  6. Arconic Grant Reopening
  7. National Advocacy Conference
SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm Game Materials and Resources
Check out our SKYSTONE Game and Season Materials webpage for all the latest and greatest information about our SKYSTONE season. You’ll find our Game Manual Part 1 and Part 2, field assembly and set up information, links to our Game Forum (which opens September 16) and lots more!
SKYSTONE Game Animation
Learn what our SKYSTONE season game is all about by watching our SKYSTONE game animation video! We want to send out a huge thank you to our amazing volunteer animator Kevin Thorp. We also want to thank last season’s Dean’s List Award winners for starring in our Gracious Professionalism® videos this year!
Qualcomm’s Rube Goldberg Machine
As we imagine and discover tomorrow’s technologies and industries, Qualcomm and FIRST® together are positioned to inspire and engage future leaders and innovators. To celebrate their commitment to inspiring the next generation of inventors, Qualcomm teamed up with FIRST students to re-imagine the Rube Goldberg machine. Watch the machine in action, and then learn about the STEM behind-the-scenes featuring FIRST® Tech Challenge students who worked on the project. How many FIRST robots and game pieces can you spot?
Updated Volunteer Resources
We’ve started to post updated volunteer manuals and information on our Volunteers Resources webpage. Check out (and bookmark) this page for the latest information on volunteer training.
Behind-the-scenes at an Amazon Warehouse
Save the date! Go behind-the-scenes at an Amazon warehouse on October 17. See how Amazon’s Prime package is processed, packaged, and shipped to your door. Join FIRST fan and Twitch host Deejay Knight as he tours a New Jersey-based Amazon warehouse to see the innovative robotic elements Amazon uses each day. We’ll be answering real-time questions, posting interactive polls, and #GIVEAWAYS! Watch on FIRSTtv, Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Arconic Grant Reopening
This grant is re-opening for FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the 2019-2020 season. A submission does not guarantee funding.
  • UNITED KINGDOM TEAMS: Team must be located within a 25-mile radius of the Arconic locations within the United Kingdom, which can be found here.
  • UNITED STATES TEAMS: Team must be located within a 25-mile radius of the Arconic locations within the United States, which can be found here.
This grant is re-grantable and will be awarded as follows:
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Rookies - $1,000
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Veterans - $500
The application for this grant will close September 20, 2019. Teams will receive information via the coach’s email on the status of their application on September 27. If you have any questions regarding this grant, please reach out to ftcgrants@firstinspires.org.
2020 FIRST National Advocacy Conference
SAVE THE DATE!  June 21st - 23 in Washington, D.C. FIRST® Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams and individuals are invited to attend a day and a half of training and then meet with their members of congress and Senators to advocate for STEM and FIRST!  Email staff@firstnac.org with questions or for more information.  Registration will open soon at www.firstnac.orgCheck out the flyer here.



FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Support
We can't thank our awesome sponsors enough! Thank you to our Season Presenting Sponsor Qualcomm, our Official Program Sponsor Collins Aerospace, and our Official 3D Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Sponsor, PTC!