Fundraising Updates – SlingShot and Bulbs


We’ve got some updates on the SlingShot film fundraiser, which I talked about here and here

Software Downloads and Administrative Manual Release

We want to tell you about some software downloads that are available to you right now that can help you be ready for Kickoff.

FAQ 4. When to apply

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FIRST Scholarships Applications

We get a lot of questions about when to apply for FIRST Scholarships – especially from younger Team Members. The VAST majority of FIRST Scholarships require that a Participant submits their application during his/her senior year of high school. There are, however a few FIRST Scholarship Providers who accept applications during an applicant’s junior year, and even more importantly, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute requires that an applicant apply during their junior year.

District Slot Allocations at 2015 FIRST Championship

We have determined FIRST Championship allocations for Districts as noted in this blog

The relevant portion of the blog is this –

Kit Hints?

A message from our Kit of Parts team:

We’re in full swing preparing for Kickoff, not sure if you heard, but its 24 days away.

2015 Product Donation Vouchers Available

Please see below for a note from the Kit of Parts Team:

On November 4, we released some information about the software tools available as part of the Virtual Kit. Today, we’re excited to announce that a few more vouchers will be going live at noon eastern. Check out your team’s TIMS account for details on vouchers from:

A Story about Coopertition

Please see the note below from our Kit of Parts Team:

I’d like to tell you a story about Coopertition, Gracious Professionalism, and a group of our Suppliers working together to improve the team experience, even if it might cost them some business.

Mentor Monday - December 8, 2014

Today’s Mentor Monday blog post comes to us from Elizabeth Davis, an alumnus of FIRST Lego League Team "Central Spacelab One" and FRC Team 45, the TechnoKats.

We’d like you to write a blog post about your journey to the current point in your career. What were the most important steps that you took? Were there influential people or events along the way?

Frank Answers Fridays: December 5, 2014

Today’s good question comes from Chris Picone, from FRC Team 2791, Shaker Robotics, from Latham, New York, USA:


Hi Frank,

I'm Chris Picone, currently a mentor for FIRST FRC Team 2791, Shaker Robotics, from Latham, NY. My question today is about when practice matches are scheduled at regional events.