North Carolina FIRST Community: the NC FLL and FTC Planning Committee members are dedicated to insuring that the FIRST LEGO League Challenge and FIRST Tech Challenge programs take place in North Carolina this season with the safety of the communities as top priority!
As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way this country is approaching business decisions and normal day-to-day interaction. In regards to FIRST, additional options are being developed for each of the robotics programs this season. One such option is the use of a remote tournament structure of which FIRST is working hard to complete its final implementation.
With the uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic, a remote structure for both FIRST LEGO League Challenge and FIRST Tech Challenge was determined as the safest and most logical approach. Transitioning to a remote structure will have challenges which I'm sure we will be able to overcome but, there will also be opportunities that will lessen the challenges associated with implementation.
To help transition to remote events, FIRST is developing the FIRST Remote Event Hub to provide a comprehensive remote experience for teams and volunteers, inclusive of the following:
Remote robot performance and match scoring
Award submission, evaluation, and feedback
Video conferencing scheduling for remote judging
Prior to participating in events, teams will meet in-person or virtually in small groups to build their robot and work on their projects and award applications. FIRST strongly encourage teams to follow social distancing guidance as determined by their local authorities.
As the season progresses and depending on the status of various implementation tools, teams will register for local events through their local Program Delivery Partner. The NC FLL and FTC Planning Committees will work with teams and event volunteers to register with either the FIRST Remote Event Hub or alternate remote system.
SEASON EVENT SCHEDULE: * Expect changes as additional information is provided regarding COVID-19 and as the Planning Committees continue to discuss options.
With the uncertainty of the school season and a required learning process of the new remote platform, it has been decided that for North Carolina, the season structure for FLL Challenge and FTC will consist of:
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For information on the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in North Carolina, contact Mrs. Marie Hopper: