FRC Update: Team Essays/Consent & Release Forms/Team Rosters/News from Autodesk/Return of Tuesday Email Blasts

Greetings Teams:

Team Essays in TIMS: Don’t forget to complete the Team Essays within the Judge’s Info field in TIMS before the upcoming deadline tonight, 2/23/12 at 8 pm ET.  Completing your Team Essays gives the judges additional information to use when evaluating your team for an award at your competition event.

Note: If your team took a photo of the robot before it was bagged and tagged, please upload a picture of your robot using the Robot Picture field which is located in the Judge’s Info section in TIMS. This will allow the judges a quick “look see” about specific features when deliberating the awards.  If you did not take a photo,don’t panic!  The judges will be stopping by your Pit station, as well as seeing your robot in action.  If they have specific questions about your robot they will ask.

The time has come—Week One of FRC Regional/District Event Season starts next week!  Please remember your Team Roster and any paper-copy Consent and Release Forms.  Remember, electronic Consent and Release forms “cover” individuals at all 2012 FIRST 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, please download at: 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:

News from Autodesk: We have recently posted the details on the 2012 Submission Process for the Excellence in Design Award (3D Design & 3D Animation categories). We encourage teams to register and understand how to submit their entries well in advance of the March 30th submission deadline. Click here for details.

Autodesk Inventor Specialist Phil Dolan has posted the second and third installments in his FRC Webinar series: Fast Tracking Your Robot Design and Getting Started on the Excellence in Design Award.

Autodesk, Inc. is always looking for bright, enthusiastic and knowledgeable talent, which is what brings us to the FIRST mentors and coaches for help.

Our Sustainability team has two interesting positions open that they need to fill quickly. The application deadline is Feb 27: Click here for requirements and application information.

Return of Tuesday Email Blasts: Please note that in an effort to get important information out to teams in a timely fashion during the competition season, we will send out our weekly email blasts on Tuesdays instead of each Thursday starting next week.  Don’t forget to check your email and the News & Email Blasts Page ( early and often for the latest FRC News!  

Go Teams!

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