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District Award Allocations and Kickoff Taping

District Award Allocations

Folks have asked what the allocations will be for awards at District Championships.

The Districts will have flexibility in how they allocate their awards, within boundaries.  This gives Districts the ability to tailor the award package available at their Championships to local conditions – team capacity at their Championship, number of rookie teams in their District, leadership preference, etc – while making sure the meaning of each award does not vary too greatly between Districts. 

FIRST Choice Update, LED Bulb Fundraising and Dean’s List Interviews

FIRST Choice Update

The following information is from our Kit of Parts team, Kate and Collin:

One of the benefits of allowing Teams to see what is in FIRST Choice prior to ordering is that we can receive feedback and adjust part information and credit values for certain parts. We want to tell you that we’ve decided to make adjustments to the FIRST Choice site, as needed, before the ordering phase starts.

Virtual Kit – Early Item Release

Here's some more information from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

2014 Administrative Manual Sections 1-5 and Something New

Sections 1 through 5 of the 2014 Administrative Manual have been posted.  Section 6, Awards, is still in work but will be posted shortly. 

You can find these sections here: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/

Something New – Robot Displays

I’ll admit the FRC Administrative Manual isn’t much of a page-turner, but it’s packed with information you need to know, along with many helpful tips.  Even if you’re a veteran team with many years under your belt, you should read it through completely.

Photo from Kickoff Filming

Over the weekend, Dean, Woodie and Don did some taping of their portion of the Kickoff video.  Check out this photo:

2014 Kickoff Filming

(Photo credit: Kate Straus, Events Inc.)

Frank

FIRST® Choice Adds Additives

It’s true. 3D printers will be available in FIRST Choice. See the information below from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

Hopefully you’re all aware that FIRST Choice opens up for window shopping this Monday, 11/25! Our objective is to fortify the FIRST Choice inventory more and more every year so that it adds value to Teams in ways we never could have with the Kickoff Kit model of distribution alone.

FRC Needs Team T-Shirts for the Kickoff Videos

The FRC Engineering staff had a great idea. Instead of the FRC staff wearing traditional FRC shirts-and-khakis for the Kickoff videos they’ll be filming, how about if we ask teams to send in their t-shirts for the staff to wear?

Frank Answers Fridays

The Frank Answers Fridays feature of this blog is going to take a little hiatus until after Kickoff.  Relatively few questions have been received in the last few weeks, and I’m finding myself with less time to answer the questions I already have as we prepare for the 2014 season.   We’ll start up again in January.

Frank

Dean Kamen Receives Global Humanitarian Award

Tonight, at The Tech Awards Gala in Santa Clara, California, Dean will be presented with the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. This award “honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership are helping address humanity’s greatest challenges.”

Read more about this prestigious award including the write up about Dean – with, of course, a spotlight on FIRST

Robot Transportation and Robot Transportation Exemptions

Our wonderful Team Support Group - these are the helpful folks at FIRST that respond to team phone calls and emails - asked that we include some information about robot transportation in the FRC Blog this week.

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