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FIRST Choice Update, LED Bulb Fundraising and Dean’s List Interviews

FIRST Choice Update

The following information is from our Kit of Parts team, Kate and Collin:

One of the benefits of allowing Teams to see what is in FIRST Choice prior to ordering is that we can receive feedback and adjust part information and credit values for certain parts. We want to tell you that we’ve decided to make adjustments to the FIRST Choice site, as needed, before the ordering phase starts.

Virtual Kit – Early Item Release

Here's some more information from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

2014 Administrative Manual Sections 1-5 and Something New

Sections 1 through 5 of the 2014 Administrative Manual have been posted.  Section 6, Awards, is still in work but will be posted shortly. 

You can find these sections here: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/

Something New – Robot Displays

I’ll admit the FRC Administrative Manual isn’t much of a page-turner, but it’s packed with information you need to know, along with many helpful tips.  Even if you’re a veteran team with many years under your belt, you should read it through completely.

Photo from Kickoff Filming

Over the weekend, Dean, Woodie and Don did some taping of their portion of the Kickoff video.  Check out this photo:

2014 Kickoff Filming

(Photo credit: Kate Straus, Events Inc.)

Frank

FIRST® Choice Adds Additives

It’s true. 3D printers will be available in FIRST Choice. See the information below from Kate and Collin, our Kit of Parts team:

Hopefully you’re all aware that FIRST Choice opens up for window shopping this Monday, 11/25! Our objective is to fortify the FIRST Choice inventory more and more every year so that it adds value to Teams in ways we never could have with the Kickoff Kit model of distribution alone.

FRC Needs Team T-Shirts for the Kickoff Videos

The FRC Engineering staff had a great idea. Instead of the FRC staff wearing traditional FRC shirts-and-khakis for the Kickoff videos they’ll be filming, how about if we ask teams to send in their t-shirts for the staff to wear?

Robot Transportation and Robot Transportation Exemptions

Our wonderful Team Support Group - these are the helpful folks at FIRST that respond to team phone calls and emails - asked that we include some information about robot transportation in the FRC Blog this week.

Awards and 2014 Operating System Support

Chairman’s Award, FIRST Dean’s List Award, Woodie Flowers Award and Entrepreneurship Award Submissions open Thursday, 11/14/13 at 12 pm (noon) ET

Frank Answers….Monday? Again?

Sorry for the delay on this one!

This week’s question comes from Eric Husmann, who is currently between teams, and is from the Los Angeles area, California, USA:

Question:

I was wondering about some of the workings of the FRC Game Design Committee. Specifically:

--What are some of their constraints? Or, to put it another way, what objectives do the games need to meet?

Standard District Points Ranking System – More Info

I’ve provided some clarifications and more information related to the FRC Standard District Points Ranking System below.  In addition, the summary document has been updated.  You may find the new version here.

Team Age

Team Age points are applied only once per season, not once per event.

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