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Posted On:
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 16:14

FIRST Choice Issue

I apologize for the problems teams experienced using FIRST Choice today.  The FIRST Choice site will remain down until we have corrected the issues we have found.  We are working to correct those issues, and will have an update shortly.

Frank

 

Posted On:
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:21

FIRST Choice Opening

We’re very excited that FIRST Choice and select PDV’s open for ordering today at noon - check October 25th’s blog (http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-10-25-2012) for the original announcement. FIRST Choice password and Voucher codes will be in TIMS for all registered and paid teams at that time.

Special and extra thanks to the team at AndyMark for continuing to host FIRST Choice for free as an in-kind donation to FIRST, no small feat! They...

Posted On:
Fri, 12/07/2012 - 11:44

Excellence in Design Award

As many have noticed from looking at the 2013 FRC Administrative Manual, the Excellence in Design Award, sponsored by Autodesk, will not be part of our 2013 season.  I had intended to give more advance notice of this change, but things did not go as I had expected, and I’m sorry about that.  While a relatively small number of teams – less than 50 – submitted for this award last year, I recognize that for the teams that did submit, this represented a significant portion of the effort they put forth for the season.  Autodesk...

Posted On:
Mon, 12/03/2012 - 14:21

FRC Administrative Manual

The FRC Administrative Manual is now live!  You can find it here:  http://frc-manual.usfirst.org

Award Notes

Some of you have been asking for details on the new Digital Media Award.  You will find the criteria for the award listed in Section 6 of the 2013 FRC Administrative Manual.  Note that this is a Championship-only award for this pilot year of this new award.  We may expand the scope of this award for the 2014 season, depending...

Posted On:
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:57

My blog on Friday, with regards to Regional slots, was confusing.  Sorry about that.  Let me try again.

The Regionals listed below all currently have open capacity showing on the Regional page on our website.  If you are interested in going to one of these Regionals, and you apply, you will likely be granted a slot right away – depending on how many teams, if any, also apply between the time these words get posted and the time you apply.

Many other regionals still have ‘reserve’ slots open.  These are slots we hold back from immediate release to give us...

Posted On:
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 11:16

FIRST Choice

In case you missed it, FIRST Choice opened for a little pre-holiday window shopping on Monday.  Check it out:  http://www.andymark.com/FIRST-Choice-Public-s/411.htm

And don’t forget to look at the 2013 FIRST Choice Ordering Rules: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/first-choice-ordering-rules

Remember one of the changes this year – teams will be...

Posted On:
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:08

Check out the short film linked to below, Produced and Directed by Paul Lazarus, member of the FRC Game Design Committee.  This wonderful film features Dean and his Slingshot water purification device and has been entered in the Focus Forward Film Competition.  If this film doesn’t inspire you to become a scientist or engineer so you can make the world a better place, I don’t know what will.     

The film is currently a semifinalist in the competition, and FIRST folks can push it over the top to be named an ‘Audience Favorite’ by voting for it...

Posted On:
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 11:12

The FIRST Future Innovator Award (FFIA) opens today at Noon, EST.  Entries must be submitted via the FFIA portal, www.allthingspatent.com/frc .  More information regarding the FIRST Future Innovator Award can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/awards.  Dean personally chooses the winner from the top submissions.  We had lots of great submissions last year, we hope to see more of the same for 2013!

More later

Frank 

Posted On:
Fri, 11/02/2012 - 13:58

Team Counts

We’re currently at 2,328 teams registered for events, and several dozen waitlisted for events.  This means we’ve already exceeded our total team count from last year!  It’s shaping up to be an exciting season.

KoP Early Option – More Details

Some commenters have asked good questions on my post regarding the Early Option.  Here are a few more details:

- Teams will be able to place multiple orders in FIRST Choice, limited only by how many FIRST Credits they have available and component availability.  So, a team...

Posted On:
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 15:21

I’ve got some news I think many teams will be happy with.

As more Kit of Parts items shift from the Kickoff Kit to FIRST® Choice and the Virtual Kit (e.g. Product Donation Vouchers, PDVs), teams will receive fewer items in the Kickoff Kit each year, but have a wider variety and volume of items from which to choose that may meet their specific needs better. However, the added flexibility of FIRST Choice and PDV’s mean that teams may need to plan a little extra time for part selection and shipping.

To help teams plan and prepare for the season, FIRST Choice...

Posted On:
Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:53

Team Counts

As of 10AM EST on Monday, 10/22, we had 2,166 teams registered or waitlisted for events.  That’s a little more than 18% greater than where we were last season at this point in the registration process.  Note that 2,166 is a larger number than is showing on our ‘What Events and Teams Are In My Area?’ page on website right now, because this page only shows teams registered for events, not those waitlisted.

Kit of Parts Drive System Option

689 veteran teams took advantage of the option to receive an AndyMark...

Posted On:
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 13:37

A good number of veteran teams contacted us after the Noon EST deadline to ask to be included in the Kit of Parts Drive System/Product Donation Voucher option.  So many, that we’ve decided to extend this offer to midnight tonight, October 18th.  If you are a veteran team and would like to receive the Product Donation Voucher from AndyMark instead of the standard Kit of Parts Drive System in your kit, email your request to frcteams@usfirst.org – you will not be able to use TIMS in this case.  Get those emails in before the...

Posted On:
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 09:55

Veteran teams’ ability to choose a Product Donation Voucher (PDV) over the standard Kit of Parts Drive System closes today at Noon EST!  If you are a veteran team, and want that PDV, make your choice in TIMS now!  More details here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-09-07-12

More soon

Frank

Posted On:
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:12

Second District Event Registration

Something I forgot to mention in my earlier blog.  Second District Event Registration opens today, 10/11.  Note this is for District (Michigan and MAR) teams only.  Non-District teams will be able to register for a second Regional on 10/25, as indicated on the FRC Calendar of Events here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/

Posted On:
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:08

Mentor Recognition

Show your team mentors you care!  And get them plugged in to the FRC email blast at the same time, if they want that.  Main and Alternate team contacts in TIMS can invite other mentors to sign up right within TIMS.  Mentors registered in TIMS by Friday, 12/14/12 will receive a recognition certificate and pin during National Mentor Month in January.  They also get the option to receive the FRC Email Blast directly.   

Recruiting posters

Working to get more team members?  Check out these great...

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