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  1. Check out our POWERPLAYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Season Teaser
  2. Registration for the 2022-2023 POWERPLAY Season is NOW Open
  3. FIRST® Tech Challenge Rookie Grants
  4. Control Hub Availability Update
  5. POWERPLAY presented by Raytheon Technologies Game Field Pre-Orders
  6. FedEx Social Challenge Deadline Extended
  7. Happy Pride Month
Check out our POWERPLAYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies Season Teaser
We’ve officially released our POWERPLAY season teaser! Check it out here and feel free to share with our friends, families, and neighbors! Make sure to check out our Game & Season Info webpage to stay up to date on all things POWERPLAY!
Registration for the 2022-2023 POWERPLAY Season is NOW Open
Fuel your imagination and power your innovations with FIRST® Tech Challenge POWERPLAY! Can you go the distance? If your team has funding for the 2021-2022 season school year that you need to use up, NOW is the perfect time to register for next year's FIRST Tech Challenge season! Share your excitement and predictions with us on social media.
FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants
We have 2022-2023 FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants available for brand new teams. Tell your friends and neighbors that thanks to DEKA we're able to grant new teams $750 to use towards their season registration and product. Apply here! 
Control Hub Availability Update
The REV Robotics Control Hub, a core component of the reusable FIRST Tech Challenge robot kit is currently unavailable due to ongoing global supply chain disruptions. We are working closely with our supply partners to address these challenges and will share more information as it becomes available. Sign up to receive updates on Control Hub availability.  
New FIRST Tech Challenge teams that register for the 2022-2023 season can place an order for the Control Hub* and purchase the other robotics kit elements through the FIRST Tech Challenge Storefront and get started designing and building their robot. To keep students engaged until the Control Hub arrives, teams can utilize FIRST® @ Home activities. More resources are in development and will be available this fall. 
If Control Hubs are not available by October 1, 2022, new FIRST Tech Challenge teams registering through the FIRST Dashboard* can request a voucher covering their registration fee ($295) for the 2023-2024 season if their team is unable to compete during the POWERPLAY presented by Raytheon Technologies season due to Control Hub availability.  
Returning teams can place an order for a Control Hub** through the FIRST Tech Challenge Storefront, however, we encourage teams to utilize existing hardware for the 2022-2023 season if possible. 
*For teams outside of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico who do not register in the FIRST Dashboard, please contact your local Program Delivery Partner for registration and product information.   
**All products on your team’s order, except the Control Hub, will be invoiced at the time of purchase. Control Hubs will be invoiced separately upon shipping. 
POWERPLAY Game Field Pre-Orders
AndyMark is now accepting Team Pre-Orders for the 2022-2023 game sets. Team orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received. Team orders received by August 26, 2022, will begin shipping the week after Kickoff, September 12, 2022 (no Saturday deliveries). For more information, please read our blog post.
FedEx Social Challenge Deadline Extended
FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams have 2 more weeks to enter the FedEx social challenge! Each participating team must design a way to move (or “deliver”) an object from one location to another without using their hands. Students can use their team robot or devise some other mechanical operation in which to “deliver” their small object. Learn more about the challenge rules and how to enter by the deadline on June 16, 2022.
Happy Pride Month!
Today and every day we celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. As we celebrate Pride Month, we'll use our platforms to amplify voices from the FIRST community and beyond. Read more from LGBTQ+ advocate and FIRST supporter Joe Stanieich-Burke on five ways you can celebrate Pride Month and be a good ally.