Email Blast- Critical Deadlines~New FIRSTGreen e-watt saver LED bulb~FRC Administrative Manual~2014 Mentor Certificate of Appreciation~Upcoming Resources

12/5/13

Greetings Teams:

Critical Deadlines:

Today, Thursday, 12/5/13 at 12 PM (noon) ET: Registration closes for ALL regional events and first and second district events; Championship waitlist registration closes

Today, Thursday, 12/5/13 at 12 PM (noon) ET: Kit & Kickoff registration closes

Tomorrow, Friday, 12/6/13: Payment deadline for initial event registration

Tomorrow, Friday, 12/6/13: Robot Transport Exemption request deadline

Thursday, 12/12/13 at 12 PM (noon) ET: Deadline to submit Safety Animation submissions (via STIMS)

New FIRSTGreen e-watt saver LED bulb: As part of the FIRSTGreen e-watt saver fundraising program available to FIRST teams, we are proud to unveil the NEW 2014 e-watt saver LED bulb from Cree. The 60w replacement bulb uses only 9.5 watts, is ENERGY STAR listed, dimmable, and features a 10 year warranty. Learn more about the FIRSTGreen e-watt saver fundraising program here:  www.usfirst.org/e-wattresources

FRC Administrative Manual: The 2014 FRC Administrative Manual is now available: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/. Information about team organization, robot transportation and more can be found in the FRC Administrative Manual.

2014 Mentor Certificate of Appreciation: Main contacts, be sure to invite all of your FRC Mentors to register in TIMS for their 2014 recognition certificate and pin to be sent in January during National Mentor Month. In order for team Mentors to receive their recognition items, they must register in TIMS by Wednesday, 12/18/13. To invite Mentors, head to the Team Profile section of your TIMS account:  https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso Questions? Email mentorcoach@usfirst.org.

Upcoming Resources:

  • Change of date for December FRC Ask an Expert Call: Please note that the date for the December Ask an Expert Call has changed from Wednesday, 12/4/13 to Wednesday, 12/18/13 at 7:00 PM ET. This call will be hosted on Google+ Hangouts on Air. The link to view will be posted on the FRC Facebook Page and Twitter (FRCTeams) 30 minutes prior to the start of the call (6:30 PM ET). This Ask an Expert Call will be hosted by Renee Becker, FIRST VISTA, and will serve as an introduction to the FIRST Fundraising Tool.  The agenda will be posted here:  http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/fsm_training_calls.
  • National Instruments (NI)  offers training materials, grants and competitions for FRC & FTC teams. To learn more, visit https://decibel.ni.com/content/community/academic/student_competitions/frc.
  • PTC offers free Product Development Software to all FIRST teams. PTC software  will enable collaboration, increase efficiency, and enhance accuracy during your team’s Robot Design Process. To help get your team started, PTC runs a weekly webinar series called, Robotalk.  Robotalk gives an in-depth introduction to PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad, and PTC Windchill. Webinar replays are available on the PTC FIRST Community Site. For more information on software offerings, grant sponsorships, online training and hands-on workshops, please visit: www.ptc.com/go/first.
  • Autodesk  To make it easier for teams to design the next great robot, FIRST has partnered with Autodesk, to provide Autodesk® Design Academy 2014 software licenses to schools who have a FIRST program. The Autodesk grant program is designed to help inspire students to develop a lifelong love for design and prepare them for successful careers. The software will be available free* to schools that have an active      and registered FIRST team for the 2013/2014 competition year. The grant provides access to Autodesk software that can be used to support extracurricular competition programs as well as in classroom use. Teachers can apply for an Autodesk software grant on behalf of their school by completing a simple grant request form or learn more about the Autodesk grant program read the Autodesk Grant Resource Guide. To see additional resources available to FIRST teams visit www.autodesk.com/first. Students and faculty can also download free* Autodesk software for their personal computers at Autodesk’s Education Community. *Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) is brought to you, in part, by our generous Sponsors and Suppliers. For a full list, please visit http://www.usfirst.org/sponsors/sponsor-listings.

Go Teams!