Dear FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams,

I am writing to share the hugely disappointing news that, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and at the direction of our host, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 11-14 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our community in mind. The new dates for the New York Tech Valley Regional have not yet been set.

We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for this event and we regret having to share such disappointing news. FIRST® team support can help your team identify alternative events and can be reached at

As Regional Director, this is difficult news for me to share. I was looking forward to seeing you all, watching you compete and hearing your stories of challenges and success. I know that you are frustrated. I know that you have questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are all doing our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest both on and off the field of play. I promise that I will share information with you as it is shared with me.

Keep building. Keep learning. Keep meeting. Keep inspiring.


Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Join our growing family of business supporters! By sponsoring this event, you are aligning your company with a truly important program that creates energy and excitement in math and science for young people and influences them to choose a career that will allow them to contribute to our nation's future of invention and innovation. You also gain visibility at the regional event attended by thousands from our local community and the surrounding region. Please consider taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to be part of a FIRST® event!

Region Co-Sponsor

Region Captain of Innovation

Region Friend of the Future
Edwards Vacuum

Region Contributor
Westerwood Global

Region Robot Booster

Stewart's Shops

Jim Cummins, IT Consultant

Nancy Casler, Design & Marketing

Hear from our students on the importance of industry partnerships. Please take a moment to watch this video that was produced by General Electric of Team 3044, 0xBe4 from Ballston Spa, NY, winners of the Team Spirit Award at the 2014 FIRST® New York Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition. You will be impressed with our future leaders.

To learn more about becoming a New York Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition sponsor, please contact:

Janice Martino
Regional Director, FIRST®
P: 606.666.3906 x808