ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcomm unveiled

The 2020-2021 FIRST® Tech Challenge season launched with an online game reveal on September 12 of ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm. Thousands of youth participants, adult mentors, and FIRST® fans alike gathered virtually to watch the FIRSTtv broadcast and glimpse this season’s game, which focuses on revolutionizing the nature of traditional sports. Students in 40 countries around the world will participate this season.

The Presenting Sponsor for the FIRST Tech Challenge ULTIMATE GOAL season is Qualcomm Incorporated. Official Program Sponsor is Collins Aerospace. CAD and Remote Collaboration Sponsor is PTC’s Onshape. ULTIMATE GOAL is part of FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

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2021 Championships and how it affects West TN

As announced by FIRST HQ today, the two World Championships have been moved to Mid July (Houston) and Early August (Detroit).

What does this mean for West TN? Well it means we will also be moving events to latter in the season to allow teams more time to prepare given the extra burdens placed on teams due to Covid 19.

West TN FLL Challenge and Explore will be having their Remote Event(s) in Feb and March. FTC TN Championship will be latter in the season (probably a Remote Event – Date TBD). We have yet to hear about FRC plans (but this is to be expected since FRC kickoff is not for some time yet).

Stay tuned to this website for more news on FIRST Events for teams in West TN.

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2021 FIRST Scholarship Program

The 2021 FIRST Scholarship Program has officially launched! High-school-level FIRST participants are eligible to apply for over $80M in scholarship opportunities for post-secondary education. Learn more here and #applyapplyapply today.

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New FIRST® @ Home Curriculum

Whether in the classroom or at home learning, continue to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and FUN with a 12 session learning series for teachers, parents, and coaches created by FIRST Education. These free and flexible PreK-12 STEM activities are available for download now.  

There is a different curriculum targeting PreK-1, 2-4, 4-8 and 7-12 grades.

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Covid-19 and FIRST

Wondering what your season might look like if your team is being affected by Covid-19? FIRST has THIS WEBPAGE to help your navigate teams and events in the age of Covid. This includes info on the Remote Event Hub.

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Reminder: 10 days until ULTIMATE GOAL presented by Qualcomm kicks off

Join DeejayKnight and FIRST alum Sarah Fogwell for the FIRST® Tech Challenge Kickoff show on FIRSTtv on Saturday, September 12, at 12pm ET. Watch for messages from special guests, a field walk through, and, of course, the game reveal of ULTIMATE GOALSM presented by Qualcomm. Sign up for a reminder so you don’t miss any of the excitement.

Learn more HERE

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2021 FIRST® Scholarship Program

Only one week until the 2021 FIRST Scholarship Program launches! Head over to www.firstinspires.org/scholarships to learn everything you need to know about how the program works, check out the over 200 Scholarship providers who made available scholarships last year and get students ready to #applyapplyapply on September 1.

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Did you see

Just wanted to point out that our very own FIRST Senior Mentor (Randall Phillips) was featured at the top of this weeks Volunteer Newsletter:

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FIRST Robotics Virtual Reality Experience

Check out the FIRST Robotics Virtual Reality Experience webpage…but here is the video that shows all sections of FIRST in a 360 environment::

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Download RePLAY posters, wallpapers, and more

Rally your team for the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, season with posters, wallpapers, and more free, downloadable content!

Here’s a preview of what’s available:

  • Season logo files to create your own shirts and other swag
  • Social media graphics to share your excitement for the season
  • Recruitment posters to help you grow your team
  • Trading card template that your team can design and share with other FIRST teams
  • Approved Star Wars images kindly put together for teams to use on promotional merchandise and materials that are not for sale
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