FRC Update: FIRST Scholarship News, 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops & More!

Greetings Teams:
FIRST Scholarship News – December Update:  Four NEW FIRST Scholarship Opportunities!   Find out more about the scholarship opportunities for 2012 and about new, recently confirmed, and modified FIRST Scholarships.   Also read messages from some of our FIRST Scholarship Providers. See:  http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/About_Us/Scholarships/2012_Assets/FIRST%20Scholarship%20News%2012-15-11.pdf .
2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops: Information on the 2012 FRC Kickoff Workshops being held at FIRST Headquarters on Friday, January 6th has been posted: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/firstplace/2012frckickoffworkshops. Please note that this information is subject to change as Kickoff approaches.
Adult Mentor Electronic Consent & Release Forms Now Available in TIMS: When you log in to TIMS today, you’ll notice it looks a little different.  Upon logging in, you’ll be brought to “My FRC Dashboard”. The first field at the top of this screen is “FIRST Consent & Release Form,” click “Respond” to complete the electronic consent and release form.  This electronic form is available to any adult team contacts who are listed in TIMS (this includes mentors, scholarship, guidance counselors, etc.).  Anyone who does not complete the electronic consent and release form will need to complete a hard-copy form.
Consent and Release Forms: If you haven’t done so already, please consider which 2012 FIRST Consent and Release form your team members will be submitting this season.  Remember, electronic Consent and Release forms “cover” individuals at all 2012FIRST competition events (students and their parents access the electronic form in STIMS; adult mentors in TIMS ).
If anyone on your team opts to submit a hard-copy Consent and Release form instead, please download at:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/first-student-team-information-members-system-and-consent-form and follow instructions for submission located in the “Process Overview Document”.
Michigan (FiM) and MAR (Mid-Atlantic Robotics) teams will find instructions specific to their Consent and Release form submissions in the “Process Overview Document” as well.
Print your Team Roster! No matter which method you choose (electronic or hard-copy), you MUST print off your Team Roster from TIMS and bring it with you to your Kickoff, and your initial Competition event.  To print the Team Roster:
1)    On the Team Summary page in TIMS, scroll down to the “Student/Roster” field.
2)    Click “View” next to Team Roster.
3)    Click Printable Roster.
4)    If you have any students/mentors who are providing hard-copy forms, please write in their names on the printed roster and attach their consent and release forms.
For more information about the 2012 Consent and Release Form, including FAQ’s and a helpful Process Overview, please visit:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/first-student-team-information-members-system-and-consent-form.
Team Profile Information in TIMS will be exported on Monday, December 19thThis information is used for program books that are distributed to visitors, VIPS and teams at events. To make sure that you have the most up to date information included in your profile:
Surrogate Kit Pickup Reminder: If a team is unable to pick up its KoP at the Local Kickoff selected, an alternate, or “Surrogate” team may be designated to do so. The team must provide FIRST with an authorized Surrogate Kit Pickup letter, signed by the main or alternate contact, on school or sponsor letterhead that follows this template: http://tinyurl.com/69jodt3.
All Surrogate Kit Pickup letters must be received at FIRST no later than 5:00 pm EST on January 3rd, 2012.
The surrogate letter should be sent or faxed to:
FIRST 
attn: FRC Team Support/Operations

200 Bedford Street

Manchester, NH 03101

Fax #: 603-666-3907
Or scanned and emailed to frcteams@usfirst.org
Go Teams!
FRC Team Support
 
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