The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have agreed to sponsor Arkansas FIRST and teams in a big way! Please see their notice here. They are sponsoring both new and current teams. We will be inviting representatives from all 17 individual Cooperatives to the event. Here is a map of their service areas so that existing teams can locate their local Cooperative. They will have special name badges at the Arkansas Regional and they will be meeting the teams in their local service areas.
The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is live now through November 1, 2017. Teams of 1-4 students K-12 can register and submit an app to be judged by Congressional District. All four Arkansas Congressmen are participating. This is a perfect fit for FIRST teams and there will be prizes! Please click on the website above for information. Arkansas FIRST is planning to reward teams just for participating. Contact Meredith Novak firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FIRST Team 3937 Breakaway from Searcy and FIRST Team 323 Lights Out from Mountain Home have been invited to compete in the 2017 China Robotics Challenge. They will be leaving for China July 18 and returning July 30. Press release here now.
Congrtulations to Booneville Arkansas FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5437 Rocky Balboabots for winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Houston FIRST World Championship and being on the Finalist alliance in the Galileo Division!
A special message from our Arkansas AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Heather Paddock:
I have some exciting news! Last night Team 5006 Apophis found out they are in the FIRST Parody Semi-Finals! There are only SEVEN more days to vote! I hope you will join us in supporting an Arkansas team and voting for their song: "We Are Never Getting This Bot Together" In fact, if your team was at the Ozark Brawl this year, you just might see one of your kiddos in the video! If you remember back, they were recording some of the video their at the Brawl. Below I attached the link to vote on Twitter. Use #FIRSTParody if the link does not work for you. Please retweet it, too!
See the video teaser and find downloadable content featuring the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge "FIRST STEAMWORKS" here: http://www.firstinspires.org/2017-frc-teaser
Ten team members from Mountain Home Arkansas spent 11 days in Shanghai and the Yellow Mountains of China with 56 other teams from China, USA, Brazil, Australia, Israel and Canada. Press release and photo gallery links here:
Grants for rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams are available now. Application here:
FIRST Robotics Competition Team 16, Bomb Squad, has been invited to Shanghai to compete in the 2016 China Robotics Challenge. Press Release here: www.arkansasedc.com/news/arkansas-first-robotics-competition-team-travel-china
NASA FIRST Robotics grants are now available. Application can be found HERE. They are due October 1, 2015. So hurry and contact us here if you have any questions or need help filling out your application. This is for the FRC program only.