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  1. FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Kickoff
  2. Gracious Professionalism®
  3. Rookie Grants for Rookie Teams
  4. Extended Hours for Team Support
  5. Reminder: Youth Protection Program Screening (U.S./Canada Teams)
  6. Galactic Builders Season 2 is Here
 FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Kickoff is Here!
We’re so excited the FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies season Kickoff is here! We will be launching our new season on Saturday, September 18, at 12 noon Eastern Time! We’re encouraging all our teams to attend a local kickoff near them. Kickoff events will be posted on our events webpage, or reach out to your local program delivery partner to find an event near you. If you can’t make it to a Kickoff near you, have no fear! We’ll be broadcasting the Kickoff show on FIRSTtv. All new season materials will be posted on our website by 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
Gracious Professionalism®
We wanted to remind all our teams, coaches, and volunteers that Gracious Professionalism is an important ethos of the FIRST® Tech Challenge program. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Learn more about what Gracious Professionalism means from our Dean’s List Award winners here.
Rookie Grants for Rookie Teams – North America
Make sure to tell anyone that’s thinking of starting a FIRST Tech Challenge rookie team that we have $500 rookie grants available! Only teams that haven’t yet registered for the 2021-2022 season are eligible. Learn more on our grants webpage.
Extended Hours for Team Support
Team Support will have extended customer support available until 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through October 28, 2021. Team support can be reached via 1-800-871-8326 or (603) 666-3906, extension 0 or by emailing firsttechchallenge@firstinspires.org.
Reminder: Youth Protection Program Screening (U.S./Canada Teams)
Please remind your teams that a Youth Protection screening for the coaches is required every four (4) years. Coaches can visit the FIRST Dashboard to check their screening status and, if needed, order their screening now. A current screening is required to volunteer, access their team’s roster, send youth registration invitation to parents, event registration, and to participate in events and activities. For assistance, they can contact Team Support via email, calling (603) 666-3906, or live chat via the www.firstinspires.org website.
Galactic Builders Season 2 is Here
Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company are once again teaming up with FIRST for a second season of Galactic Builders. Debuting earlier this week on the Star Wars Kids YouTube Channel, the four-episode season will release episodes every Tuesday. The Galactic Builders series highlights how Lucasfilm and close partners use their technical skills to bring Star Wars stories, droids, and products to life. The episodes also spotlight FIRST students and mentors who are using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to be forces for good in their communities. Read more and watch the first episode featuring FIRST Tech Challenge team, The Bionic Wolves.