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  1. FIRST® Tech Challenge Apps No Longer on Google Play
  2. FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Kickoff
  3. Gracious Professionalism®
  4. Game and Field Set Kickoff Sweepstakes
  5. FIRST® Career Webinar with Qualcomm
  6. Rookie Grants for Rookie Teams
  7. Commemorating Christa McAuliffe’s Birthday
FIRST® Tech Challenge Apps No Longer on Google Play
FIRST® decided to remove all versions of the FIRST Tech Challenge control system software from the Play Store. This decision is due to Google Play security requirement changes that are causing us to no longer distribute versions 6.1 and later of the FIRST Tech Challenge control system software through the Play Store. Teams must use the REV Robotics Hardware Client software to manage their software on the Robot Controller/Control Hub and Driver Station devices, including the new Driver Hub. For more information, please read our blog post.
FREIGHT FRENZYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Kickoff
Our FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies season Kickoff will be 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 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.
Gracious Professionalism®
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 from our Dean’s List Award winners here.
Game and Field Set Sweepstakes
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!​ Four winners will receive a 2021-2022 FREIGHT FRENZY presented by Raytheon Technologies partial game set and scoring elements. 
​The sweepstakes prize package includes one (1) 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge season FREIGHT FRENZY partial game set and scoring elements, a total approximate retail value of $260.00. The package does not include field perimeter or soft tiles. Learn more here!
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 and hear how they successfully made the transition from FIRST student to a Fortune 500 company. Register now!
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.
Commemorating Christa McAuliffe’s Birthday
Today, September 2, would have been educator and STEM hero Christa McAuliffe’s 73rd birthday. Read our interview with FIRST founder Dean Kamen about why he has been an unwavering advocate for carrying on her legacy of inspiration on the FIRST Inspire blog.