NE FIRST FRC Season Update

Dear New England FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Teams

As you probably have read by now, FIRST released a statement on Thursday announcing the revised direction for the 2021 FRC season.

FIRST has made the decision to open FRC registration on October 5th with a reduced registration fee that does not include in-person event competitions. The plan is to re-evaluate the possibility of in-person events in January within each district.

I want to assure you the leadership at New England FIRST will do everything we can to make the virtual experience fun and rewarding, as well as to support in-person events should they become feasible. Given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, we cannot guarantee in-person events for 2021, but we will certainly be ready to welcome your team to a competition field if the conditions warrant in-person gatherings.

Please strongly consider registering your team to participate in the remote offerings including the game design challenge. Your designs could become part of a future game. Take advantage of the significantly reduced registration fee that includes a kit-of-parts with valuable software (refresh for veterans and traditional kit for rookies). Teams and mentors will also be able to participate in the coveted award process, including Deans List, Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers. Some of you may have vouchers that can be used toward this fee or to secure items you need for this season or a future season.

Lastly, a small part of your team registration fee will help to keep the New England District operational so we can continue to introduce FIRST principles, practices and programs to legislative leaders, teachers and administrators, non-profit leaders, families and students. FIRST has always been more than building robots with a focus on imagination and innovation, teamwork, workforce skills building, mentoring and solving challenges.

Bottom line, the 2020/21 season will look nothing like it has in past years. But we are a nimble and problem-solving organization that pledges to keep students’ minds engaged and active. We will use this time to innovate our offerings to inspire and recognize the extraordinary people doing incredible things! COVID-19 may have altered our anticipated course, but it will NOT deny us our journey.

Stay safe, support your New England FIRST community and anticipate what is yet to come!

Peace & Robots,

Kim Pita

Executive Director (interim)

New England FIRST

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