We will be having an FRC Team Briefingtonightat 7:00 pm to go over the registration process, schedule for the season and to talk about the new bag rules (or rather the retiring of bag day) and how that will affect teams this season.If possible, please have at least one adult mentor attend.To register for the webinar, follow this link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8822770874275535628
2.Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
FIRSTWashington’s DEI Workshops this fall! WithFIRSTWashington’s commitment to equity and access, we are pleased to partner with three of ourFIRSTRobotics Competition teams to host half day workshops for all coaches, mentors and volunteers. We have a professional DEI facilitator, Tareena Joubert joining us for these days.
The goal of these workshops is to support our communities, coaches and mentors in welcoming all students. Part of the success in recruiting students is broadening our base of coaches/mentors and volunteers who look like students. HelpingFIRSTbroaden our base of adults to include more women, persons of color, diverse professional backgrounds will help us position FIRST programs as inclusive and welcoming to all. Please join one of these workshop by signing up today to learn some tips and tools on how you can assist!
1.Saturday, September 28th: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane. Thank you Titanium Tigers, FRC team 2944 for hosting! RSVP:here
2.Saturday, October 5th: 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Seahome High School, Bellingham. Thank you Seamonsters, FRC team 2605 for hosting! RSVPhere.
3.Saturday, November 16th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Environmental Learning Center, Point Defiance. Thank you SOTABots, FRC team 2557 for hosting! RSVPhere.
FIRSTWashington has a number of competitive grant opportunities for teams and we encourage your team to apply! All of these grants are made possible by generous donors, with emphasis going toward assisting disadvantaged teams in need. WithFIRSTWashington’s commitment to bringingFIRSTprograms to more communities and schools, it is our goal to help teams to be self-sustaining within three years. If you need help in building out your team sustainability planand fundraising training, please let us know. We want to see you be successful in not only programming and building a robot, but building strong business and team collaboration skills!
1.FIRST Washington grant: Open Now.Deadlines are:October 3, 2019.To apply:http://bit.ly/FIRST_WA_Grant_2019As of this morningless than 1/3 of teamshave applied.This grant is open toallFRC teams.
2.OSPI, iGrants: Open Now. Grant closes:October 10 for FIRST Robotics Competition.This generous grant is a building grant forWashingtonteams only who must compete in FIRST Washington competitions during the 2019-2020 school year. Teams must be public school-based or sponsored by the school. To complete the grant, please work with your school finance office or CTE to complete this grant and they must log in under the school, not the district for these are building levelgrants.FIRSTLEGO League: form 605,FIRSTTech Challenge: form 606,FIRSTRobotics Competition: form 424. If you are a public school,you need to apply for this grant, we have not had many applicants as of yet.
4.Home Event Assignments & Registration:
Because we have changed the location of 2 of our venues this season, teams may not have the same home event that they have had in the past (this change will mostly affect our NW Washing teams and Oregon teams)To view your home event assignment, clickhere
Home event assignments are based on your zip code and cannot be changed.Remember, you are not locked into your home event, however; it simply guarantees you a spot in the event closest to you.If you select your home event as your first choice (and select to be waitlisted for that event)during first event registration onlyyou will be given priority to be in that event.Occasionally home event teams get put on the waitlist when first events are announced but I will be watching that list and will have you placed in your home event if you end up on the wait list so don’t panic!
If you are a new team, your home event will not be listed.You are welcome to reach out to me and I will be happy to let you know what your home event would be.
We will be talking briefly about the home event registration process and showing an event list (with event codes) on the webinar tonight so be sure to attend if you need more information!