Charged Up Coach Email Volume 3: 9-6-22 – Coaches Chat & Off Season Events
If you are new to this email this is the place where you will find all of the Pacific NW District specific FIRST Robotics Competition information. Coaches in the FIRST system for the current season will be added once teams are able to register for events. Every email from me will be numbered and that number lets you know which update it is, if you miss an update you can find it on our website.
Here is what I have for you today:
- Grant Dates
- PNW FRC Registration is open!
- FRC Coaches Chat Sept 22nd
- Off Season Event info:
Boeing Grant is Open – Any team with a Boeing Mentor
The Boeing grant opened earlier this month. In order to receive a Boeing sponsorship, a team must have a Boeing employee or retiree who commits to volunteering for the team at least 25 hours over the course of the season. Your Boeing Mentor will be able to go in and submit the grant for your team. The information we have is that the grant should remain open until September 30th which is much later than in prior years.
OSPI Grant is open – Washington public school teams only. Grant deadline Oct 3rd
The OSPI grant should open August 1st and will close on October 3rd. If you are a Washington public school, be sure to coordinate with the Administrator in your school who is responsible for filling out (or approving) the grant. We learned from OSPI that there were some schools who did not fully fill out the grant in the past few years and therefore were unable to be considered for funding. Be sure to answer all questions completely. Remember FIRST Washington grants show up on your invoice so you will not know what those grants are before the deadline but every team that registers with FIRSTWashington by the grant deadline who is interested in a grant will receive funding from FIRST Washington Donors.
PNW FRC Registration is open!
Our registration form (formerly the FIRST Washington Grant form) is now open. Any team planning to compete in the Pacific Northwest District needs to fill out our registration form. If you are interested in receiving a grant, you will need to complete the form prior to September 30. Here is the link to the registration form. Please fill it out early so you don’t forget! https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/fef251a315a44f02ad73abc987b3f63b
First FRC Coaches chat 7:00 pm Thursday, Sept 22
We will be having our first FRC coaches chat at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Sept 22nd. On this chat we will:
- Go over the event preferencing process and what you’re home event is
- Go over a high level schedule for the season
- Chat with all of you to hear how you are doing.
This is a great way to keep up on important information and connect with other PNW Coaches. We do ask that each team try to have on adult attend.
Here is the meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88652899479?pwd=ZjNDVnMwNTY4aE9uRkcyNzhvSWYvdz09
I look forward to “seeing” you all there!
Off Season Events:
Girls Gen Washington Oct 8 & 9
FRC 2046 is excited to host the Washington Girls’ Generation robotics competition. The event will be held on October 8th and 9th at Tahoma Senior High School in Maple Valley. The goal of this event is to provide an inclusive experience for underrepresented communities in STEM. In that spirit, we welcome all to participate. The cost of attendance is $300. The main contact from your team can register for the event by following this link https://forms.gle/bp26fDEhFr9QsGgD8
Contact Darren Collins email@example.com with questions
Girls Gen Oregon Oct 15 – for more info email Beth Hutchins firstname.lastname@example.org
Bordie React Oct 15 & 16 – Working on a venue
Attention all Mascots! Bordie would like to cordially invite you to bring your team to Bordie React!
Join us at (location TBD) as Team 2412 presents: Bordie React. Played under the 2022 Rapid React rules with an official field and official Bordies! This 2-day event will take place on October 15th and 16th with possible load-in on 10/14. Join us for bots, Bordies, flag waving, mascot parade, concessions, merch, and so much more.
We will take the first 28 teams that sign up – Registration is open now at www.bordiereact.com or fill out our Google Form! https://forms.gle/8rrTo3cCNa7Kdv726 The fee per team is $300 for one bot. We plan on 10 x 10 pit spaces with power, a full set of quals, alliance selections, playoffs, and custom Bordie awards!
Interested in volunteering for the event? Bordie is looking for you! Sign up at https://forms.gle/WE9S6GDRiEg9W23F6
Contact Laura Dooley DOOLEY101@msn.com
Block Party Oct 29 & 30
2910 is excited to host PNW Block Party again this year! Block Party will be a two-day FRC event held October 29th-30th at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek WA. We will be playing the 2022 FRC game RAPID REACT with the real FRC field. Teams will have a pit with power, a full set of qualification matches, alliance selections, and playoffs. We will be using the 2022 RAPID REACT rules.
PNW Block Party Team Registration: https://forms.gle/1Ky3KxwHEPeWCkGr9
We have space for about 30 teams and are planning on 10’x10’ pits for each team. We will take registrations in the order that they’re received. The registration fee for the event will be $300.
After 2 weeks, if we are not at 30 teams we will also open up registration for teams to bring a second robot/drive team at a cost of $100, again first come first serve. If you are interested in volunteering at Block Party, please fill out the following form. If you are a frequent volunteer in the PNW, please check for emails from Mara at FIRSTWA:
Volunteer Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/NQqqFH3GsbK2Yt2V9
Answers to some questions received from the PNW Block Party Interest Form:
· If we bring two robots will we have to share a pit or can we have an adjacent pit?
o ANSWER: We will only have 2nd robots if under 30 teams register. In that case, we would provide an adjacent pit. It is important to note that the opportunity to bring a 2nd robot/drive team is not guaranteed at this time.
· What is the food situation?
o ANSWER: We will aim to have some concessions available. There are also many restaurants nearby, such as in the Mill Creek town center a short drive away.
Contact Kyle Pihl email@example.com with questions
Have a great week everyone!