FIRST teams are now able to utilize www.donorschoose.org/first to fund projects. While they cannot use it to pay registration, they can use it for supplies. Here is some information.
 
Selective Funding for FIRST team projects:
 
This back-to-school season, FIRST and NewsCorp are thrilled to support teachers again in leading FIRST teams with a selective funding opportunity.  Projects requesting resources to support FIRST teams can have the chance to receive selective funding from FIRST.  Unlike a match offer, this selective funding opportunity will help your project be considered by FIRST for a donation to partially fund your project.  
 
Here’s how to get a project considered for selective FIRST funding:
  • You already lead a FIRST team at your school or want to start a FIRST team
  • Create a project requesting resources for your FIRST team, like 3D printers, laptops, computer tablets, FIRST robot supplies, LEGO robot or building sets, hand or power tools or any other FIRST team material need.
  • If you need to request points to create a Special Request project for any of the resources you need, let us know.
  • Projects requesting FIRST registration will not receive selective funding now, but will have the opportunity to be selectively funded in May.
  • Class trips and visitors won’t be considered for this opportunity, but you can still post a project requesting a trip or visitor following the regular guidelines.

Beginning July 1st, 2016, teams who applied for funding using VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake as their designated 501c3 would be charged 9% of the total funds awarded. This fee was approved by the FIRST Chesapeake board to cover accounting and grant management fees.

If you are interested in applying for funds and using VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake as your designated 501c3, please let VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake know that you are applying. This will ensure that any awards will be disbursed to the appropriate team in a timely manner.

NOTE: The 9% administrative fee does not apply to grants awarded to teams as pass through funds from FIRST Headquarters through VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake and select competitive grants awarded to teams by specific VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake sponsors. If you have any questions, please contact Leighann Boland at lboland@firstchesapeake.org.

On the FIRST web site: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/drive-base-opt-out-take-2

Drive Base Opt Out: Take 2

Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager

We had more than 1,000 teams participate in the drive base opt out last week.

That was fun, right? So much fun we’re going to open it back up… for two reasons.

  1. Canada, there’s new information that we think will affect your preferences. AndyMark has confirmed that you, Canadian teams, will be able to use your AndyMark voucher at Studica for in-country ordering. One rule: once you pick Studica, you can't use the PDV at AndyMark. It’s one or the other.
  2. There was a bug that caused some teams’ selections to be undone. Essentially, if a Lead Mentor 1 or 2 checked the box, and then later something else was done in the team’s account that wrote to the database, the drive base selection reverted to the default “unchecked.”  We know to add that to our test cases now. I’ll email the ~250 teams we suspect may have been affected by this directly too. The bug’s been fixed.

We will reopen the drive base opt out selection from noon (Eastern) tomorrowFriday, 10/13/17 (good thing we’re not superstitious) to noon(Eastern) on Friday, 10/20/17.

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So Lead Mentors 1 and 2, please take a few minutes to log in and make sure that the option displayed reflects your team’s preference.

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For those of you that missed the first deadline or have changed your mind since, consider this a lucky do over.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience of this, and I thank you for your patience.

Finally, the only reason we’re able to take a week to reopen is because AndyMark’s going to absorb some of the schedule crunch this puts on drive base prep. We thank them, tremendously, for being so accommodating.

In order to better encourage open discussion and sharing throughout the district, FIRST Chesapeake has created a Slack board! This board is meant to serve as a resource for discussion, accurate information, and feedback between FIRST Chesapeake staff, mentors, and volunteers.

As it is in the beginning stages there isn’t a lot of content yet, so feel free to suggest additional channels to get the discussion going. Currently the site is being moderated by staff but in the near future, we hope to share moderating with other members of the FIRST community.

To help keep the conversation constructive please follow some simple rules:

1) Remember to always practice gracious professionalism.

2) Think about how your post may affect others and most of all, don’t make it personal.

3) Avoid sarcastic or negative comments and inside jokes that can easily be taken out of context and shared far and wide.

To join in the conversation, use this form link - https://goo.gl/8a4LhG 

You can watch this video to explore some of the slack features - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJmdHowChWk

 

Posted by Frank Merrick on his blog: 

On the web https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/second-round-of-preferencing-opening

The second round of event preference submissions opens this Thursday, October 12th, at Noon Eastern Time. You can find more details in the Preference System User Guide and FAQ, which you can find here. This second round of submissions will close next Thursday, October 19th, also at Noon Eastern Time. All FRC teams ‘event ready’ by Noon October 12th will have a full seven days to submit their preferences.

As with the first round of submissions, getting your preferences in early or late during the preference period will not affect the results of your assignment. But, just as with all other deadlines in FRC (or anywhere!), you should plan to be early to help ensure you are not late!

Some important things to keep in mind:

- We have deleted the preferences you made during the first round. You must submit a new list of preferences if you want to participate in this round of event assignment.

This round of preferences submissions is independent of the last round of submissions. The system only takes into account your results from last round during this round.

  • As an example, you will not be able to re-select an event for which you are already registered or waitlisted during this second round. A team can only occupy a single position at any one time in relation to an event – ‘registered’ or ‘waitlisted.’
  • As a further example, if you did not get registered or waitlisted for a desired even last round, listing that event again this round does not give you any special advantage. The system only works with current round preferences in making assignments and does not ‘know’ what you selected last round.

- ‘Home Event’ registration for Michigan and PNW does not apply for this second round. Teams only have a ‘Home Event’ advantage during the first round.

 

Please read the FULL ARTICLE for more information and instructions!

Here is the live feed link for the Maryland Town Hall Meeting this Sunday -   https://chstownhall.my.webex.com/chstownhall.my/j.php?MTID=mfd6d837ae266cdb0ef21b83e3db65e34

Town Hall
Sunday, October 8, 2017
2:30 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr 30 mins
Meeting number: 624 796 819
Meeting password: townhall

Date: November 18, 2017
Location: 3320 Jermantown Rd, Oakton, VA 22124

Come play Relic Recovery at Flint Hill Upper School!  We are planning a fun-filled day of FTC Relic Recovery practice, including mock formal team interviews with feedback. Lunch will be available to purchase onsite. Space is limited to 20 teams, so sign up early!

https://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/201711_flint_hill_meet_the_field

 

 

We apologize for the hiccup in the FTC qualifier registration process. All the event registration buttons are up and functioning now.

https://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/ftc/event-registration