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Innovative Failure and Alumna in the News

Innovative Failures?

Check out this video from the folks at the Robot in 3 Days project. Even the best engineers have failures – but they use those failures as springboards. Sometimes that step back is just what’s needed to make a bigger jump.

FRC Alumna in the News

Weather, Weather

Many teams have had their build season plans significantly affected by the extreme weather much of the United States has experienced over the last several weeks. We will not be extending build season because of these events. Stop Build Day is still Tuesday, February 18th

Awards

FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund 

Submissions for this award are now open here. New this year – the winner gets to meet with Dean! To find out more about this award, visit hereWe know the FIRST community is innovative, let’s see what you’ve got. The last day for submissions is March 6th.

2014 FIRST Championship – Preliminary Changes to FRC Agenda

As many of you know, we’re planning to schedule 10 matches for each FRC team at the 2014 FIRST Championship. To do this, we need to extend the qualification match time available.

To support extended match time, we need to make some changes to our traditional agenda. The changes below are preliminary, but are likely to be very close to the final changes we make, and are firm enough for you to incorporate in your initial planning:

A Senseless Act of Violence

Yesterday, Andrew Boldt, a senior studying Electrical Engineering at Purdue University, and former member of FRC Team 1732, the Hilltoppers, was fatally shot.

Jean Morrell, Drew’s high school calculus teacher, had this to say about him:

“Andrew Boldt was a young man who had the potential to make the world a better place. He was a phenomenal young man. He had a great mind, but he also had a great heart. I'm just sad he won't get an opportunity to realize his dreams, to make his contribution to the world."

Our hearts go out to Drew’s family, friends, and team.

Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism is at the core of FIRST. It’s central to our very identity. It’s the element of FIRST that clearly states ‘Character’ is what matters, in FIRST and in life. Please see the important message below from Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Co-Founder:

Frank

Safety, Congressional Testimony, and How to Get Hired by Elon Musk

Safety, Safety, Safety

With the build season in full swing, it’s a great time to remind everyone of the importance of staying safe. Nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt for! Safety should be a regular topic with your team. Talk about it, practice it, and help others stay safe as well.

Speaking about helping others stay safe, I’m very happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Safety Animation Award, judged by our Safety Alliance Partner, Underwriter’s Laboratories.

Kickoff and Some Other Fun Stuff


Kickoff

I hope everyone had fun at Kickoff and is hard at work on Aerial Assist.  For the most part, Kickoff went great!  We kept the heart of the broadcast to 30 minutes and added a closed captioned option on the web (thanks, NASA!) for those preferring it.  Between the kickoff broadcast and the supplemental videos, the staff wore over 100 team shirts, and the feedback we received on this new element was very positive.   We’re planning to do this again next year!  

Indiana’s Severe Weather


From the KOP Team, Kate and Collin:

The treacherous weather in the Midwest has stopped our three major logistics partners in the area: FedEx, AndyMark, and Bona Vista Industries (coldest temperatures in 20 years and terrible driving conditions). We are unsure of when they’ll be reopening.  

The effect on FIRST is that we are unable to get anything out of Kokomo, IN, specifically: replacement parts, remaining MySite Kickoff Kit shipments, and FIRST Choice shipments.

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