2019 Kickoff Approaching!
Ready for Destination Deep Space
It’s hard to believe 2019 is almost here — and you know what that means. FIRST Robotics Competition is getting ready for launch on Saturday, January 5 at various locations throughout New England. Teams across the world will be participating in this landmark event celebrating the first landing on the moon and the unveiling of this season’s game challenge.
Details on the kickoff can be found here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff
The kickoff broadcast will be streamed here beginning at 10:30 a.m. on January 5: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff-broadcast
Thank YOU to our Returning Sponsors
NE FIRST is so very grateful for our returning sponsors year after year who see the value in STEM training and education to prepare our future workforce.
2019 FRC Representation Across New England
FIRST Robotics Competition estimated numbers (as of 10/8/18):
231 teams across 6 states:
- Estimated more than 5,500 high school students participating
- 87 in MA
- 59 in CT
- 46 in NH
- 26 in ME
- 8 in RI
- 5 in VT
13 events (12 district events + 1 district championship) in 5 states
12 district events:
- 5 in MA
- 2 in CT
- 3 in NH
- 1 in ME
- 1 in RI
1 district championship in Worcester, MA
Secure Your Event Volunteers
FIRST provides a wide-array of materials created especially for our volunteers. Please share the link below with those who would like to get involved in our 12 events spanning from February through April 2019. The web site features links to general resources, including a user guide, screening guide and handbook, as well as relevant forms for submission, volunteer role descriptions and FIRST policies and procedures. Access the volunteer library here: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/volunteer/general-volunteer-resources
Check Deadlines Often
FIRST publishes many deadlines throughout the season on its web site at https://www.firstinspires.org. Please refer to the deadlines often to be sure your team meets all expectations.
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Book Your Event Housing Now
Room blocks in New England have opened. Get a head start on booking your housing reservations today.
FIRST has secured discounts on some of the accommodations, which can be found here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/travel-discounts
For individual events in New England, you can access these custom links:
- Central Mass District Event
- NE District Greater Boston Event
- NE District Hartford Event
- NE District North Shore Event
- NE District SE Mass Event
- NE District UNH Event
- NE District Waterbury Event
- NE Southern NH Event
- Western NE District Event
- NE District Granite State Event
- NE District Pine Tree Event
- New England District Championship
For the selected events above, we are providing an OTA (Online Travel Agency) link versus contracting specific hotels. This will allow our community to shop as they would on other popular OTA sites (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.). When shopping on the OTA website, you will have the ability to search and filter based on personal preferences such as ratings, price, location, amenities, etc. Most often you will find that the hotel rates published on the FIRST OTA website will be the best on the market.
If you have questions, please reach out to:
Mariel Feller, Sourcing Specialist II, FIRST®
603.666.3906 x 411