FRC Update: Upcoming Senior Mentor Calls, Award Submission Reminders, Stop Build Day & More!

Greetings Teams:

Upcoming Senior Mentor Calls: Don’t forget that the Robot Transportation Checklist Call is taking place tonight @ 7 PM EST.  Additionally, the FRC Competition 101: Getting Ready for your Regional Call will take place on Thursday, 2/23 @ 7 PM EST.  For call outlines and call-in information, please visit: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/frc-senior-mentor-teleconference-recordings.

Award Submission Reminders: Don’t forget that submissions for the Chairman’s, Woodie Flowers, and Website Awards are due by 2/16/12 at Noon EST in STIMS.  Additionally, Dean’s List Award submissions are due in TIMS by 2/16/12 at Noon EST.  Read more about all FRC Awards: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/awards

Robot Stop Build Day-2/21/12: On this day your team MUST stop work on your robot and seal it in the bag provided in your Kit of Parts, with the tag from your Kit of Parts. You may work on your robot until midnight local time, but the seal must be on the bag when the clock strikes midnight! You will also need to complete the Robot Lock-Up Form:http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FRC/Game_and_Season__Info/2012_Assets/Robot_Lock-Up_Form.pdfPlease note: Robot Lock-Up forms will be inspected upon arrival at your event.

Details on the process are available in section 5 of the Administrative Manual- Robot Transportation: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/competition-manual-and-related-documents.

2012 FIRST Robotics Conference- Call for Proposals: FIRST is seeking presentation proposals for the ninth annual FIRST Robotics Conference. 45-minute workshops on topics of interest to FIRST Robotics (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams, coaches, mentors, students and prospective leaders will be accepted.  The deadline to submit is 2/17/2012. For the submission form, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/89vj2hm. For full details, please visit: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/firstplace/workshops-and-conferences.

Airline and Car Rental Discount Programs for FRC Teams: For information about these discount programs, please visit: http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/travel-discounts.

Autodesk Webinars: Autodesk Inventor Specialist Phil Dollan has created a series of webinars to help teams using Inventor during the FRC 2012 season. Watch the first in the series, “Getting Started,” here.

Brandeis Executive Summary: Brandeis University has released findings from research it conducted on FIRST programs. Check out all the good stuff the researchers had to say here:http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/impact.

PTC and National Instruments Webinars:  Come join PTC and National Instruments every Thursday Night from 7-9 PM EST to talk about FIRST Robotics, to answer questions and learn new information about programming, controls, kinematics, data management, etc. Go towww.ptc.com/go/firstrobotalk to register and then listen in for exciting tips and tricks for this year’s competition. You can also send in questions that will be addressed in the next webinar.

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