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Registration, Beta Test and Frank Answers Fridays

Registration

As of midnight last night, we had 1,565 teams registered for their first event. This is a 24% increase from the same time last year, and that’s good news.

Kit of Parts Drive System Option

Please see the update below on the Kit of Parts Drive System Option from Kate and Collin, the Kit of Parts team:

For the 2013 FRC season, veteran teams had the option to opt out of receiving the Kit of Parts Drive System and instead receive a $450 Product Donation Voucher to AndyMark. Nearly 700 teams took advantage of this option. In the 2013 KOP Survey, 83% of teams who knew that it was an option said it improved the KOP experience. (Unfortunately, 10% of teams said they didn’t know it was an option. We need to work on that!)

FIRST Dean’s List Award – Update

I hear you.  The change I announced Friday allowing only Sophomores/10th Graders and Juniors/11th Graders to apply for the FIRST Dean’s List Award excluded Seniors/12th Graders whose teams rightly expected they would be able to be nominated in the 2014 season.  It was not my intention to suddenly exclude this segment of planned nominees.  This was my mistake, and I apologize.

Frank Answers Fridays: September 20, 2013

Today’s good question comes from George Chisholm, from FRC Team 1334, The Red Devils, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada:

Question:

Hi Frank,

Frank Answers…Monday?: September 16, 2013

In our continuing effort to ‘think outside the box’ in FRC, we’re answering a Frank Answers Fridays question on Monday.  How’s that for creativity?  (Are you guys buying this?)

In any case, today’s good question is from Navid Shafa, of Team 1983, Skunkworks Robotics, in Des Moines, Washington State.

Question:

What is FIRST's plan for International expansion and what regions are due for new events?

2015 Control System Alpha Testing

Kate Pilotte, the FRC Kit of Parts Manager, is leading the development of the 2015 Control System.  She has this update on Alpha Testing:

Hopefully by now you’re aware of the transition to a new control system for the 2015 season. There’s much preparation that goes in to releasing a new system, and we want to make it as safe, robust, simple, cost effective, and powerful as possible. One of the ways we’ll do this is through early “Alpha Testing,” and I’d like to use this post to help you understand more about what that means…

Video, Beta Testing, Frank Answers Friday

Video

Check out this great video from the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) in the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=461865103895347&set=vb.127114000703794&type=3&theater

I understand a version of this video was shown at least three times on the Big 10 Network during the first University of Michigan football game of the season last Saturday!  That’s a Win!

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