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Frank Answers Fridays: October 17, 2014

Today’s good question comes from Nick Lawrence, from FRC Team 3940, CyberTooth, out of Kokomo, Indiana, USA:

Question:

Hi Frank,

Nick Lawrence here, current mentor for FIRST Team 3940. I currently live in Niagara Falls, ON again, but I’ll be returning back to Kokomo just in time for kickoff.

2015 Championship Volunteer Recruitment

Please see the note below from Kathryn Myers in the FIRST Volunteer Resources Department regarding FRC Championship Volunteer Recruitment for 2015.

Hi everyone,

FIRST Choice - Update for 2015


This blog post is from Kate Pilotte and her Kit of Parts colleagues.

I’ll start with a general introduction of what we mean when we talk about the “Kit of Parts” (KOP). The KOP is a term that’s evolved to mean “goods we obtain from companies on behalf of, and provide to, FRC Teams.” These items then get to you, our customers, via three different methods:

E-watt Saver LED Light Bulbs

Today's guest blog is by Mark Critz, Project Manager in the FIRST® Strategic Sourcing Department.

For teams who have purchased e-watt saver LED light bulbs, you may recognize my name as the e-watt Project Manager for the past 4 years. I still manage the e-watt fundraising program and now work in the newly re-named Strategic Sourcing department. Lately I’ve also been working on projects for FRC® and FTC® for the upcoming seasons. 

Behind the Lines and EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printers

Behind the Lines

Episode 2: “Introduction from the 2015 Control System” will be broadcast live on Wednesday, October 15th at 8:00 PM (ET). This episode will feature experts from FRC Engineering, Cross the Road Electronics, National Instruments, and WPI.

For more information or to see recorded episodes of Behind the Lines, please visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/behind-the-lines

Helping Rookie Teams

While total FRC team registrations for the 2015 season have been coming along nicely, we are a little behind on our rookie teams compared to last year at this time, and we could use your help! Do you know of any rookie teams that need some help registering, or any potential teams that need some encouragement? How about reaching out to them to touch base? Sometimes just a positive word or two is all it takes, and you may end up being the key that opens a whole new world of possibilities to some very deserving students. 

Deadlines already!!!?!?!

Did you spend your Columbus Day completing scholarship applications? I hope so! There are 18 scholarships with deadlines right at or after the New Year! Don’t miss out:

FIRST Scholarship Opportunities aren't the only opportunities out there!

FIRST Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity to help pay for your college education. But don’t limit yourself to applying only for FIRST Scholarships. There are many other additional sources of scholarships and financial aid that you can pursue:

2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program and Behind the Lines


2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program

Last year, we were able to offer 3D Printers to FRC teams through FIRST Choice. This year, we’re excited to announce that FIRST is able to offer EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printers to FRC and FTC teams thanks to the generosity of 3D Systems and Coca-Cola.

More details are available here. Applications are due October 19!

Behind the Lines

Introduction to the 2015 Control System

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