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Helping Rookie Teams

While total FRC team registrations for the 2015 season have been coming along nicely, we are a little behind on our rookie teams compared to last year at this time, and we could use your help! Do you know of any rookie teams that need some help registering, or any potential teams that need some encouragement? How about reaching out to them to touch base? Sometimes just a positive word or two is all it takes, and you may end up being the key that opens a whole new world of possibilities to some very deserving students. 

Deadlines already!!!?!?!

Did you spend your Columbus Day completing scholarship applications? I hope so! There are 18 scholarships with deadlines right at or after the New Year! Don’t miss out:

FIRST Scholarship Opportunities aren't the only opportunities out there!

FIRST Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity to help pay for your college education. But don’t limit yourself to applying only for FIRST Scholarships. There are many other additional sources of scholarships and financial aid that you can pursue:

2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program and Behind the Lines


2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program

Last year, we were able to offer 3D Printers to FRC teams through FIRST Choice. This year, we’re excited to announce that FIRST is able to offer EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printers to FRC and FTC teams thanks to the generosity of 3D Systems and Coca-Cola.

More details are available here. Applications are due October 19!

Behind the Lines

Introduction to the 2015 Control System

KOP Drive System Opt Out


Please see the update below on the Kit of Parts Drive System Option from the Kit of Parts team:

Given the positive reception the last two seasons, the option for Veteran FRC teams to opt out of receiving the 2015 Kit of Parts Drive System will be available again for 2015! Veteran teams can choose to receive a Product Donation Voucher (PDV) from AndyMark instead of the KOP Drive System at Kickoff.  Rookie teams will automatically receive the KOP Drive System.

NASA Grants and Something New for 2015

NASA Grants Closing

NASA Grant applications are closing tomorrow, October 2nd! NASA grants are only available for teams in the United States. Find more information here.  

Something New – The 2015 FRC Game

New Scholarships for 2015

Have you seen the new scholarship opportunities that are already available for 2015?

Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

100 Days to Kickoff?

Wow. It really is. Less than that now. 

Check out this video from FRC Team 2630, Thunderbolts, from Israel.

Nice work, guys!

Is it strange that this video gave me goose bumps?

Frank

1st Event Registration – How Boring Was That?

Remember the old days during 1st event registration when you’d make your selection, click the button, and hope for the best? You never knew what would happen, or even if anything would happen. The last few years, and this year particularly, seems like it’s more click and go. Where’s the excitement in that? :-)

Our crack IT staff once again this year upped the system resources available for registration. For those interested in the details, changes from last year were:

Australia Regional Event Logistics

If you go to the Australia Regional listing here, click the link, then click ‘Site Info’, you will find this document with updated details regarding logistics. If you are from outside of the country and thinking about traveling to this exciting new event, please read carefully!

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