Email Blast- FIRST Choice Opening for Orders on 12/29~FIRST HQ Closed 1/1/14~Surrogate Kit Pickup Deadline Approaching~Finance Reminder~Upcoming Resources

12/26/13

Greetings Teams:

FIRST Choice Opening for Orders: FIRST Choice will be opening for orders at 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, 12/29/13. For more information, please visit: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/bog-FIRST-Choice-Take-Three.

FIRST HQ Closed 1/1/14: FIRST Headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, 1/1/14 in recognition of the New Year’s holiday. Our regular business hours will resume on Thursday, 1/2/14 at 8:30 am ET.

Surrogate Kit Pickup Deadline Approaching: If a team is unable to pick up its Kit of Parts (KoP) at the Local Kickoff they have selected, an alternate, or “Surrogate” team may be designated to do so. The team must provide FIRST with an authorized Surrogate Kit Pickup letter, signed by the Main or Alternate contact, on school or Sponsor letterhead that follows this template: http://tinyurl.com/oohllb2.

All Surrogate Kit Pickup letters must be received at FIRST no later than 5:00 pm ET on Monday, 12/30/13.  

The surrogate letter should be sent or faxed to:
            FIRST
            Attn: FRC Team Support/Operations
            200 Bedford Street
            Manchester, NH 03101
            Fax #: 603-666-3907

            Or scanned and emailed to frcteams@usfirst.org

Finance Reminder: Teams must secure or pay for their additional regional and district event(s) by Friday, 1/24/14. Please note, for teams located in Michigan, the payment deadline for third district events has not yet been determined.  If you are planning on submitting a Purchase Order to secure your registration, please fax (603-206-2079) or email (ar@usfirst.org) it to our Finance Department as soon as possible, as this will give your school district time to mail a check to FIRST by the payment deadline.  This will ensure that your team is on the list to compete at the event. Teams may also login to TIMS: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso to print their invoice/payment detail at this time.

Upcoming Resources:

  • FRC Ask an Expert Calls:  The Next FRC Ask an Expert Call, Control Systems and Driver’s Stations, will take place on Wednesday, 1/8/14 from 7:00-8:00 pm ET. During the call, FRC Engineer Kevin O’Connor will be talking about FRC hardware control system components, programming language options, the 2014 driver station, software tools, and more!  He will also be answering your questions during this session.  This is a great presentation for both Rookie and Veteran teams! The complete agenda is available on the Ask an Expert page.  You can also view the complete Ask an Expert schedule and recordings of past calls on the Ask an Expert page. The Control System/Driver’s Station session will be utilizing Google+ Hangouts on Air, which will be broadcast live on YouTube.  To get the YouTube link, please visit the FRC Facebook Page or Twitter Account.  If you have any questions in advance, you can post them to the Event Page in Google+.
  • 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!