We recognize that during the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change: season for 2020 – 2021 there will certainly be a variety of scenarios and issues that arise that make a normal FIRST experience challenging. The guidance provided allows for an à la carte series of options separated into specific categories from which you can put together to assist with participation this season.
This guide is designed to provide suggestions and options and are not prescriptive; considerations for what is best for your local situation should be prioritized. Local health and safety regulations and guidance should precede any of the recommendations in this guide.
For regions that continue to be disrupted by COVID-19 and require social distancing, we have been working on remote event solutions for the 2020/2021 season. To help transition to remote events, we are developing the FIRST Remote Event Hub to provide a comprehensive remote experience for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST® Tech Challenge teams and volunteers. Read more about our current plan on the Inspire blog.
For West TN Teams:
FLL Discover is done in the classroom FLL Explore (TBA) FLL Challenge will be via Remote Events this year for West TN FTC check with your event’s Program Delivery Partner
This robotics season, we’re stepping into the world of sports, play, and fitness – moving, collaborating, competing, and celebrating. In RePLAYSM and PLAYMAKERSSM, FIRST® LEGO® League students will explore the activities we can do in different spaces for play and how we can ensure that our games and activities are fun and accessible for everyone involved. For all FIRST LEGO League divisions, challenge materials will be released Tuesday, August 4, at 12:00 p.m. ET. Are you ready to play? Register your team by logging in to your dashboard.
Join the season kickoff celebration on FIRSTtv Tuesday, August 4, at 1:00 pm ET. Hosts Deejay Knight and Steve Mackenzie, along with special guests, will give you a closer look at this season’s challenges, answer your questions, and show how teams will redefine the game as part of the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season. Sign up here to receive a tune-in reminder.
Join us for a gathering of the FIRST community recognizing the achievements of FIRST teams, mentors and volunteers around the world during the FIRST RISE powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season, to date.
To watch the FIRST Virtual Showcase Presented by Qualcomm, tune in to FIRSTtv’s Twitch channel on May 2 at 9am-11am CST: www.twitch.tv/firstinspires
It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season [including the upcoming CMOM Expo] and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.
This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.
The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.
Larry Cohen, President of FIRST
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