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Frank Answers Fridays: October 25, 2013

This week’s question is from Joe Barry, Team 987, The High Rollers, from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:

Question:

Hi Frank,

Congratulations Dave Lavery!

FIRST friend and supporter Dave Lavery has won a Service to America Medal in the Science and Environmental category!  Check out all the details here:   http://servicetoamericamedals.org/SAM/recipients/profiles/sem13_lavery.shtml, and be sure to watch the video in which Dave talks about what inspired him in his youth.  Congratulations, Dave!  FIRST wouldn’t be the same without your steadfast support!

Frank

Frank Answers Fridays: October 4, 2013

We received two related questions recently.  One was from Nate Laverdure,  Team 122, NASA Knights, from Newport News, Virginia, USA: 

Question:

Frank,

2014 FIRST Championship Eligibility

Championship eligibility criteria for 2014 has just been posted here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/championship-eligibility-criteria

Eligibility is the same as it was for the 2013 FIRST Championship, Wild Cards and all.

Registration, Beta Test and Frank Answers Fridays

Registration

As of midnight last night, we had 1,565 teams registered for their first event. This is a 24% increase from the same time last year, and that’s good news.

Kit of Parts Drive System Option

Please see the update below on the Kit of Parts Drive System Option from Kate and Collin, the Kit of Parts team:

For the 2013 FRC season, veteran teams had the option to opt out of receiving the Kit of Parts Drive System and instead receive a $450 Product Donation Voucher to AndyMark. Nearly 700 teams took advantage of this option. In the 2013 KOP Survey, 83% of teams who knew that it was an option said it improved the KOP experience. (Unfortunately, 10% of teams said they didn’t know it was an option. We need to work on that!)

FIRST Dean’s List Award – Update

I hear you.  The change I announced Friday allowing only Sophomores/10th Graders and Juniors/11th Graders to apply for the FIRST Dean’s List Award excluded Seniors/12th Graders whose teams rightly expected they would be able to be nominated in the 2014 season.  It was not my intention to suddenly exclude this segment of planned nominees.  This was my mistake, and I apologize.

Frank Answers Fridays: September 20, 2013

Today’s good question comes from George Chisholm, from FRC Team 1334, The Red Devils, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada:

Question:

Hi Frank,

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