Email Blast- Unrestricted Event Registration opens today at 12 noon ET~FIRST Scholarship Newsletter~Rookie Grant Deadline~Engineering Our Future video contest by Rockwell Automation~Robot Transport Exemptions~FRC Award Submissions~FRC Blog


Greetings Teams:

Unrestricted Event Registration: Teams may sign up for additional regional events beginning today, 11/7/13 at 12 noon ET in TIMS. Please note, district teams may sign up for regional events when unrestricted event registration opens.

November FIRST Scholarship Newsletter: The newsletter is available here: and includes information on new scholarship opportunities. The FIRST Scholarship News page is available here:

FRC Rookie Grant Deadline: The deadline to submit an application for the 2014 rookie grant provided by the Argosy Foundation along with other generous supporters of FIRST is Friday, 11/8/13 at 12 noon ET. For more information, please visit:

Engineering Our Future video contest by Rockwell Automation: The deadline to submit a video for the Rockwell Automation “Engineering Our Future” contest has been extended to Monday, 11/11/13.  FIRST® teams participating in FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) are eligible to submit for the video contest. Create and submit a 60 seconds or less video with the answer to the question: “What could your team engineer that would have a positive impact on your community and our world?”. Rockwell Automation will award up to $10,000 in team grants! For more information, please go to

Robot Transport Exemptions (formerly known as Bag & Tag Exemptions):  For the 2014 season, we have renamed Bag & Tag Exemptions to Robot Transport Exemptions in an effort to make it clear that all teams requesting an exemption must still bag and tag their robots on Stop Build Day.

If bringing your robot to a competition event presents your team with a substantial hardship – for example, if your team needs to travel a great distance or cross an ocean to get to your event - you may request a Robot Transport Exemption by sending an email to:

In your request, please include as much detail as possible to support why an exemption is required. Please use the subject line: Robot Transport Exemption Request, Team XXXX, with your team number in place of “XXXX” in your email. Exemption requests must be submitted by Friday, 12/6/13.

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: The Chairman’s Award, the Woodie Flowers Award, and the Entrepreneurship Award must be submitted via STIMS: The Main or Alternate contact for your team must assign at least one (1) and up to four (4) student award submitters in FRC TIMS:

The FIRST Dean’s List Award must be submitted by the team’s main or alternate contact through TIMS:

FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund: Teams will be able to submit for the FIRST Future Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund beginning Thursday, 11/14/13 at 12 pm (noon) ET via:

FRC Blog: Please visit the FRC Blog: for information on the 2014 FIRST Choice Program, along with information on the new Standard District Points Ranking System.

Upcoming Resources:

  • Join us for our next “Ask an Expert” call on Wednesday, 12/4/13. Visit for more information.
  • National Instruments (NI)  offers training materials, grants and competitions for FRC & FTC teams. To learn more, visit
  • 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:
  • 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 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

Go Teams!