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Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism is at the core of FIRST. It’s central to our very identity. It’s the element of FIRST that clearly states ‘Character’ is what matters, in FIRST and in life. Please see the important message below from Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Co-Founder:

Frank

Safety, Congressional Testimony, and How to Get Hired by Elon Musk

Safety, Safety, Safety

With the build season in full swing, it’s a great time to remind everyone of the importance of staying safe. Nothing you are doing is worth getting hurt for! Safety should be a regular topic with your team. Talk about it, practice it, and help others stay safe as well.

Speaking about helping others stay safe, I’m very happy to announce the winners of the 2014 Safety Animation Award, judged by our Safety Alliance Partner, Underwriter’s Laboratories.

Kickoff and Some Other Fun Stuff


Kickoff

I hope everyone had fun at Kickoff and is hard at work on Aerial Assist.  For the most part, Kickoff went great!  We kept the heart of the broadcast to 30 minutes and added a closed captioned option on the web (thanks, NASA!) for those preferring it.  Between the kickoff broadcast and the supplemental videos, the staff wore over 100 team shirts, and the feedback we received on this new element was very positive.   We’re planning to do this again next year!  

Indiana’s Severe Weather


From the KOP Team, Kate and Collin:

The treacherous weather in the Midwest has stopped our three major logistics partners in the area: FedEx, AndyMark, and Bona Vista Industries (coldest temperatures in 20 years and terrible driving conditions). We are unsure of when they’ll be reopening.  

The effect on FIRST is that we are unable to get anything out of Kokomo, IN, specifically: replacement parts, remaining MySite Kickoff Kit shipments, and FIRST Choice shipments.

Information for 2014: The What, When, Where, and How

With Kickoff only a few days away, we’re going post a good deal of information and documentation to help you hit the ground running. We recommend you download everything you need ahead of time to 1) beat the rush and help us even out the load on servers and 2) have what you need ready to go on Saturday when/where you may not have internet access.

Below is a quick summary of what will be available, when it will be available, where you can get it, and how it will be shared. All files will be posted unencrypted immediately following Kickoff.

Kickoff and White House Film Festival

Kickoff

I hope everyone is as excited for Kickoff as I am! We’ve got a snowstorm going on right now here in New Hampshire – roads are slippery and many schools are closed – but we’re not letting that slow us down! Final preparations are going smoothly. I’m really looking forward to talking to the teams that come to the Kickoff in Manchester to get their impressions of the game after it’s revealed. And I hope everyone is catching up on their sleep.

White House Film Festival

Kickoff Broadcast and Game Hint Redux

Watching the Kickoff Broadcast

If you’re not attending a local Kickoff and want to watch the broadcast, it can be found at http://robotics.nasa.gov. The stream may be up and down for the next week or so as various formats and options are tested.  You can click on the "Webcast Flash Backup Stream" if you get a "Playlist could not be loaded" error from the Primary Stream.  NASA is currently streaming the NASA-TV Education satellite feed to that encoder.

2014 Game Hint

Here you go!

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Have a great weekend!

Frank

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