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As we prepare for another season of competition, we would like to share a message from Marie E. Hopper of FIRST® North Carolina:

Many thanks to everyone for your thoughts and words of encouragement during this really stressful time for North Carolina. While Hurricane Florence made landfall as "only" a category 1 storm, the real challenges we are coping with is the massive flooding from the slow-moving system and the rivers which finally crested yesterday.

We have ten FRC teams that have been impacted by this storm and we have set up a Hurricane Florence Robot Rescue fund to help these teams get back on their feet. If you have a social media team, we would appreciate if they could repost or link to our website and facebook page to help the community help our teams:

FIRST® North Carolina Web Site
FIRST® North Carolina Facebook Page

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The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

On March 15-17, 2018, New York's Tech Valley region was again the home to a premier FRC event, located on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in the state-of-the-art East Campus Athletic Village Arena (ECAV). 31 teams, including competitors from Québec, Brazil and New York, gathered to compete in another exciting year of high-tech competition!

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2017 Webcast Archive is available! Watch all the matches, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Speakers and Awards!

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