FRC Update: Important Deadlines, TIMS Purchaser Role, Team Profile Information in TIMS, Dean Kamen’s Slingshot Water Purification Device and More!

Greetings Teams:
FIRST Headquarters will close at 3 PM ET today, 11/21/12 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Our regular business hours will resume Monday, 11/26/12 at 8:30 AM ET.
Important deadlines are approaching!
·         Thursday, 12/06/12 at 12 PM (noon) ET: Regional event registration closes; Championship registration closes
·         Thursday, 12/06/12 at 12 PM (noon) ET: Kit & Kickoff registration closes
·         Friday, 12/07/12: Payment deadline for initial regional event registration
·         Friday, 12/07/12: Bag and tag exemption request deadline
·         Thursday, 12/13/12 at 12PM (noon) ET: Deadline to submit Safety Animation submissions (via STIMS)
A complete list of important 2013 dates and deadlines can be found on our season calendar:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/list
TIMS Purchaser Role: Team main and alternate contacts can now designate a “purchaser” in TIMS:https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso. After they accept their TIMS invitation, the purchaser will be able to pay their team’s registration balance via credit card. To invite a purchaser in TIMS, please login:https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso, click on the team summary button and click on the edit/view button in the team contacts field.
Team Profile Information in TIMS: Team profile information is used for program books that are distributed to visitors, VIPS and teams at events. This information will be exported from your team’s TIMS profile on Thursday, 12/20/12. To update your team’s information:
·         Login to TIMS https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso;
·         Under “teams I can administer”, click the edit button for your team;
·         In the team profile section, click the edit/view button to update team information.
Ask an Expert Call: Join Expert Joe Passofaro and FIRST Senior Mentor Renee Becker for the Ask an Expert call “The Junior Varsity Model for FRC”. The call will be taking place on Wednesday, 11/28/12 at 7 PM ET. You can find details on all of this season’s Ask an Expert calls here:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/frc-senior-mentor-teleconference-recordings.
Dean Kamen’s Slingshot Water Purification Device: Dean and his Slingshot water purification device are being featured in a short film by FRC Game Design Committee member Paul Lazarus.  The film was entered in a competition designed to highlight big ideas – and we can help this big idea get the recognition it deserves by voting for it online!  Check out the details here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-11-15-12.
Stay up on the latest FRC news! We send weekly email blasts to keep you well-informed on the latest FRC news.  Be sure to check your inbox each Thursday for the FRC email blast and if you’ve missed any, you can find an email blast archive on the FRC Season News and Email Blasts page:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/emailblastarchive.aspx. You can even subscribe to an RSS feed to receive alerts when this page is updated!
Go Teams!
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