Four announcements from FIRST Headquarters you don’t want to miss!

FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Grants

FIRST Tech Challenge is again offering need-based grants to rookie teams for our 2020-2021 season. Teams that apply and qualify will be awarded a $500 grant, with $275 allocated to cover registration and $225 applied towards product from the team’s storefront. For more information check out our FIRST Tech Challenge Grants webpage. Please encourage your rookie teams to apply today!

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff Sweepstakes

FIRST Tech Challenge just launched their Kickoff Sweepstakes, one month before our official season kickoff! Prepare your team for ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm and get even bigger results during gameplay when you enter to win the 2020 Kickoff Sweepstakes. Four winners will be announced at the FIRST Tech Challenge virtual kickoff on September 12. They will receive a 2020-2021 ULTIMATE GOALSM partial game set and scoring elements. Teams will be notified of the sweepstakes through social media and email. Whether you are a new or returning team, competing remotely or head to head, having the elements used at official competitions, can help you:

  • strategize game-play tactics
  • get hands-on experience with ULTIMATE GOAL game elements,
  • program your robot to exact field specifications,
  • and run practice matches

Complete your 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge team season registration before September 10, 2020 for a chance to win the 2020 Kickoff Sweepstakes. 

The sweepstakes prize package includes one (1) 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season ULTIMATE GOALSM partial game set and scoring elements, a total approximate retail value of $260.00. The package does not include field perimeter or soft tiles. If your team has already completed your FIRST Tech Challenge season registration, you are already entered into the sweepstakes. Four winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entrants on September 12, 2020 during the FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff broadcast on FIRSTtv.

Announcing the all new FIRST®Mentor Network

Now, more than ever we need to empower and foster the next generation of innovators to feel hopeful and build a better future. The FIRST Mentor Network, sponsored by NI, is an interactive platform allowing teams and interested mentors to easily find each other for virtual or face-to-face mentorship. The community platform provides new and returning teams access to passionate, engaged mentors. Whether you are looking for one or multiple mentors to work with, locally or across the country, for a few hours or the whole season, create a team profile on the FIRST Mentor Network to find the support needed to empower your (program) team.

Career Tips For Making The Most Of Your FIRST Experience

Experts from long-time FIRST-supporting companies BAE Systems, BOSCH, and Rockwell Automation joined us on July 28 for a conversation on how the FIRST experience sets participants up for success. Read key take-aways on our community blog and watch full webinar.